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School-based health centers expand care access for Ohio kids

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024   

Children's advocates are pushing for the expansion of school-based health care to help improve health and learning outcomes for Ohio kids.

Dr. Mona Mansour, professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and associate director of population health for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said her provider's network of school-based health centers in Southwestern Ohio offers immunizations, preventive dental care, and care for illnesses like sore throats, ear infections and the flu. They also provide developmental and behavioral health screenings.

"Nurse practitioners, that are the primary providers in these clinics, are able to draw blood and be able to do testing on-site," Mansour explained. "To support more efficient care to get kids back in the classroom."

Federal data show 51 of Ohio's 88 counties are considered "Health Professional Shortage Areas," lacking enough primary care and mental health providers to meet the needs of the region. One study published last year found school-based health centers significantly reduced dental visit disparities among children from low-income families.

Dr. Mansour pointed out if a child is too sick to come into the building, school-based providers can check in with them through telehealth visits and follow up with options for specialty care.

"We have some really cool partnerships with a couple of our subspecialty areas, where we -- also through telehealth -- provide care for kids with asthma, with an on-site respiratory therapist," Mansour added.

According to 2019 to 2020 data from the National Survey of Children's Health, an estimated 69,000 children in Ohio were not able to access needed health care, and about one in 10 Ohio kids miss more than a week of school each year due to illness or injury.


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