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St. John’s opens school-based clinic on Compton High School campus

imagesMovement for School-Based Health Centers Grows as Compton Unified School District Approves Plan for Future Facility

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center to provide free or low-cost healthcare to students and community residents of all ages at Compton High School

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The movement to create community health centers on school campuses expanded with a decision by the Compton Unified School District to build one on the Compton High School campus. St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, which currently operates five school-based health centers including two that opened in the past month, will run the new facility.

“Schools are the heart of our communities,” said Compton Unified School District Board President Micah Ali. “I believe school-based health centers are the new accountable care organizations for families. I am proud of our first school-based health center at Dominguez High School. The commitment to healthcare in Compton will continue with a second school-based health center to be built at Compton High School.” Ali carried the motion to begin establishing the newest campus health center.

The future Compton High School facility will serve students and community members of all ages and make free or low-cost healthcare services available to tens of thousands of area families. As access to healthcare expands under the Affordable Care Act, the demand for primary medical, dental, and mental health services – like those offered at St. John’s school-based health centers – will increase. St. John’swill develop a wellness center on the Compton High School campus, including student mental health services and specialty and diagnostic care.

“Chronic health issues such as asthma and obesity harm students’ ability to learn,” said St. John’s President & CEO Jim Mangia. “Having access to free or low-cost care right on campus makes preventing and managing disease – or simply providing sports physicals – easier and allows students to concentrate on learning. We’re proud to partner with the Compton Unified School District to make the community’s health a priority.”

St. John’s is one of Los Angeles County’s largest networks of federally-qualified health centers, including five based on Los Angeles or Compton Unified School District Campuses. In the past month, St. John’s opened Dominguez High School and Washington Prep High School with additional centers opening this year. St. John’s work goes far beyond the traditional healthcare model to embrace the broader concept of well-being by providing services that include chronic disease management, reproductive health, prenatal care, well baby and child services, preventive and primary medical and dental care, mental health counseling, immunizations, laboratory procedures, dispensing of pharmaceuticals, and health education.

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St. John’s Well Child and Family Center serves patients of all ages through a network of 11 health centers and school-based clinics in Central and South Los Angeles and Compton. Our mission is to eliminate health disparities and foster community well-being by providing and promoting the highest quality care in South Los Angeles. Learn more at www.wellchild.org.

Flanked by Dominguez High School’s ROP/CTE Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aid (CNA/HHA) students, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center (SJWCFC) President and CEO Jim Mangia; LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (2nd District); Compton Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees President Micah Ali; Board Member Mae Thomas; Board Clerk Satra Zurita; and Los Angeles County Education Foundation (LACEF) Board of Directors President Cynthia McClain-Hill. Back row, left to right: Board Members Emma Sharif and Marjorie Shipp; Superintendent Darin Brawley; and Student Board Member Natalia-Cerilyn Su’a.

Flanked by Dominguez High School’s ROP/CTE Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aid (CNA/HHA) students, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center (SJWCFC) President and CEO Jim Mangia; LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (2nd District); Compton Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees President Micah Ali; Board Member Mae Thomas; Board Clerk Satra Zurita; and Los Angeles County Education Foundation (LACEF) Board of Directors President Cynthia McClain-Hill.

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  2. Carole says:

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