North Country Family Health Center Celebrates 25 YearsPosted: Updated:
There's 25 years of medical, behavioral and dental care right next to the classroom at North Elementary School in Watertown.
The North Country Family Health Center celebrated those years of services Friday at the school where the program all started back in 1993.
Sandra Cain is the school principal there. With young kids of her own, she says the in-school clinics are convenient.
"As a parent, it's so beneficial to have them here. They don't miss a lot of school. They come down. They get what they need done and they go back to class," said Cain.
There are six school-based health centers between the Watertown and South Jefferson school districts.
Combined, medical staff provides services to more than 3,000 students per year.
"We see everyone whether they have insurance or whether they don't have insurance. The student gets care immediately," said April Fallon, North Country Family Health Center marketing director.
The district and the North Country Family Health Center have it set up so that if a student attends a school that doesn't have a school-based health center, they get free transportation to one that does.
"They can get right to their appointment and be delivered right back to school by bus," said Watertown City School District Superintendent Patti LaBarr.
She says it's helpful for working parents as well as the students who won't have to miss too much class time.
"It's a wonderful resource. North is lucky to have it. All of the elementary schools are lucky to have them here," said Cain.