Last week the Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS Health) opened the doors of the first school-based health center (SBHC) in a Spokane high school. The 1500 students at Rogers High School, 80% low-income, will have access to medical and behavioral health care on site, with referrals to a nearby CHAS Health dental clinic for dental care.
The SBHC is located in a hallway at the school with other student services, including those offered by Communities in Schools of Spokane and GEAR UP, among others, making it easier to refer students and ensure they get the supports that they need.
A long time in the planning, the Rogers High School SBHC is a collaboration between Spokane Public Schools, CHAS Health, and the community. The SBHC’s start-up is supported by a grant from Kaiser Permanente, with the surrounding neighborhoods directing federal dollars to a remodel of the clinic space.
The CHAS Health clinical team celebrates the SBHC opening at Rogers High School!