United Way awards $25K for Barnstable's School Based Health Center

Center provides care to students at Barnstable High regardless of ability to pay

Community Health Center of Cape Cod recently received a $25,000 community investment grant from Cape and Islands United Way to help fund the School Based Health Center at Barnstable High School. The Health Center assumed responsibility for the SBHC in December 2009 and today the SBHC staff is led by a Pediatrician/Medical Director and includes a Nurse Practitioner, a licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a bi-lingual Medical Associate/Certified Medical Interpreter. Dental screenings are provided in collaboration with Cape Cod Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program.

With parents’ permission, the SBHC provides primary care, mental health services, and dental care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Services are available to all students, faculty and staff. Students’ family members in need of care are also connected to the Health Center’s main site in Mashpee. BHS has 2,100 enrolled students, with over 9% from immigrant families, and many face various barriers to health care. So far this school year, the SBHC has provided more than 370 patient visits.

Courtesy of Community Health Center of Cape Cod.

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