(WHITE CITY, OR 7/20/17). Rogue Community Health (RCH) is pleased to announce certification of Jackson County’s newest School-Based Health Center at Table Rock Elementary School in White City. This is Rogue Community Health 6th certified school-based health center. School-based health centers (SBHCs) have existed in Oregon since 1986 and succeed through unique public-private partnerships between the Oregon Public Health Division, school districts, county public health departments, public and private practitioners, parents, students, foundation grants and community member support. There are now 78 SBHCs that are certified by Oregon Health Authority in partnership with Oregon School-Based Health Alliance. Rogue Community Health has been providing health care to communities in Jackson County for nearly 50 years and operates clinics in Ashland, Butte Falls, Medford, Prospect and White City as well as six school-based health centers.
“While SBHC certification is a voluntary process, it does affirm that the care students receive is of the highest quality — the level of care we want to provide,” said Ceci Robe, School Health Program Director for Rogue Community Health. Table Rock Elementary SBHC officially opened with the start of school in fall 2016 and provides access to health care for approx. 800 students, school staff, and the larger community. Operated as a federally qualified health center, the SBHC serves people of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of ability to pay and will bill third party payers such as Medicaid as well as many private insurance plans when available. No one is turned away due to inability to pay.
Located at 2830 Maple Ct., in White City, the health center is staffed by healthcare professionals well-versed in helping children make healthy choices,” Robe said. “School-based health centers provide an opportunity for students with parental consent to see a provider who specializes in their age group and then return to the classroom.” It saves parental time off work, reduces emergency room visits and provides readily available access to primary, preventive, dental and behavioral health counseling.
Children and adolescents in the school districts served by Rogue Community Health have benefited for more than a decade from generous grant funding from the Reed and Carolee Walker Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation to provide behavioral health services in Eagle Point, Butte Falls, and Prospect school district as well as for preventive oral health services in Eagle Point School District #9 . The D-9 Foundation provides additional support for oral health screenings in Eagle Point School District #9.
“We see Rogue Community Health’s SBHC as a key player in improving the educational process,” said Jose de Jesus Melendez, Principal at Table Rock Elementary. “Kids cannot learn if they are sick,” Melendez said. “It may not be an obvious sickness. It could be stress, depression, or hunger-related. Health center staff are well-versed at detecting and helping students with those issues also.”