Summit County school-based health centers see state funding quadruple
Summit’s school-based health centers are now operating with four times the state funding they had last year thanks to strong support from legislators who upped the total state budget for the centers to $5.4 million.
The centers provide primary care, oral health and behavioral health services to students, staff and family members at clinics inside Summit schools.
Director Erin Major gave the school board an update on the centers, which are run by the Summit Community Care Clinic, at a regular board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9.
She told the board the centers were successful in turning almost all the student appointments in August and September of 2013 for $25 sports physicals into $20 annual visits called a well-child checks, which are more comprehensive and covered by insurance.
The need for mental health services is growing in Summit’s schools, Major said, especially at the middle and high schools. Last school year, providers held just under 1,400 sessions.
The dental program through the school-based health centers is in the fourth year of its grant, Major said, which allowed the program to expand its services in Summit and into Lake and Park counties.
The program, which offers dental screenings and referrals, will continue when the grant money runs out, she said.
Vail Resorts Echo recently pledged $20,000 annually to the dental program, Major said, which has contributed to a 2 percent decrease in the children’s cavity rate in the last two years.
Overall, Summit’s school-based health centers have been called a model for the rest of the state, Major said.
RETIRED EDUCATORS GATHER
The Education Foundation of the Summit and Keystone Science School will host a social for retired educators on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Keystone Science School.
Whether they worked in or out of Summit County or taught preschool or college, all retired educators are invited to meet others, star gaze and learn more about volunteering opportunities to support local education.
Dessert and beverages will be included. For more information contact Bonnie Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIS WEEK IN SUMMIT SCHOOLS
Tuesday, Sept. 23
Central Administration Office, Board of Education Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 24
Summit Middle School, Volleyball vs. St Clair, 4 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 26
Summit Cove Elementary, PTSA, 8:45 a.m.
Summit High School, Rugby vs. Chaparral, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27
Summit High School, Cross Country 9100 Invite @ Frisco Peninsula, 10 a.m.
Summit High School, Volleyball vs. Riffle 11 a.m./noon/1 p.m.
Send education news to Alli Langley at email@example.com
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