Wicomico Middle School

2c649858-275a-424c-8c30-c47fa71d5e4dThe Wicomico Middle School Wellness Center has operated on the grounds of Wicomico Middle School since 2001. The Wellness Center is sponsored by Wicomico County Health Department in collaboration with Wicomico County Public Schools, providing enrolled students with primary health care including: treatment of acute illnesses and injury, management of chronic illness, immunizations, physical exams, adolescent risk assessments, vision screening, and preventative health services. Behavioral health services include individual and family counseling, addiction counseling and referral, and preventative mental health counseling.

The Wellness Center nurse and nurse practitioners work individually with students regarding obesity prevention interventions. An after-school program provides students with an opportunity to participate in additional physical activity, eat a healthy snack & participate in an interactive “Healthier You” lesson. Additional health education lessons are offered in “Lunch & Learn” format allowing students to eat lunch in the Wellness Center and participate in a health education activity. New for this school year, Wicomico County Health Department’s Dental Clinic will be providing initial dental services to students enrolled in the Wellness Center.

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Greensboro Elementary

Choptank Community Health System, in conjunction with the Caroline County Board of Education, provides medical and dental services to nine School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) for students and staff. One the busiest and most culturally diverse sites is located at the Greensboro Elementary School in Greensboro, Maryland. The site is in a rural area of Caroline County with a high population of Hispanic residents.

This SBHC staffs a physician’s assistant three days a week that provides medical services – including treatment for minor injuries, illnesses, health education, diagnostic testing and treatment. The bilingual support staff person provides administrative and language services. The SBHC also provides dental services during one period of the school year at the site. The dental team provides oral health screenings, fluoride varnish, sealants and cleanings.

unnamedThere were 859 students and staff enrolled during the 2013-2014 school year, a 73% enrollment rate, and the SBHC saw 2184 visits from 463 of the enrollees.

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Magnolia Elementary

The Magnolia Elementary School Based Health Center has served this Title I school for over 10 years. Last year, the Magnolia site enrolled 290 children (59% of the school) and conducted 100 visits to students and their family members. Magnolia’s SBHC also provides weekly mental health counseling sessions and direct counseling to students.For the 2014-2015 school year, the Magnolia Elementary SBHC has forged a partnership with the newly established Judy Center at Magnolia Elementary. The Judy Center provides early childhood education and support services for children ages 0 to 5 and their families. Judy Center’s are specific to Title I school districts across Maryland with the goal of promoting school readiness for young children and their families. This partnership will expand the reach of the Magnolia SBHC into the community with a special focus on children younger than school-age. The SBHC Nurse Practitioner will provide both well child visits and acute visits to Judy Center clients, both children and family members.

In addition to the collaboration with the Judy Center, the Magnolia Elementary SBHC offers two additional programs to advance student school performance and school readiness. The first is the American Lung Association Open Airways Program which teaches and empowers children to take control of their own asthma self-management. This group-based program also has a component that includes parents in their child’s asthma control. The second intervention, new this year, is the Magnolia Elementary SBHC’s acceptance as a Reach Out and Read site. Reach Out and Read is a program which prepares children 0 to 5 to succeed in school by partnering with medical professionals who give developmentally-appropriate books to children at their well child visits and advise parents on the importance of reading aloud to children. The program places a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities and the children served enter kindergarten with stronger language skills and larger vocabularies.

Additional Services Provided by the Magnolia School Based Health Center include:

  • Physical exams
  • Well-child visits for children ages 6 Months to 5 Years — including the Reach Out and Read model
  • Acute illness exams and treatment
  • Follow-up medical care
  • Individual and group-based chronic disease management
  • Behavioral health counseling
  • Partnership with the Judy Center at Magnolia
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