School-Based Health Services

School-Based Health Services COVID-19 team

PINELLAS COUNTY — The mission of the School-Based Health Services Program is to assess, protect and promote the health of children and adolescents, helping to assure that they are healthy in the classroom and ready to learn. To assess, preserve, and promote the health of children and adolescents, helping to ensure that they are healthy in the classroom and prepared to learn.

Prevention, intervention and emergency school-based health services are provided every day to adolescents attending five Pinellas County schools:

The high schools selected are based on several factors:

  1. A high percentage of free or reduced lunches
  2. High numbers of youth with significant discipline issues and histories of risky behaviors
  3. High incidences of chronic health problems

School-Based Health Services staff deliver effective, efficient and quality healthcare on-site and provide the infrastructure necessary for treating:

  • Obesity and other chronic diseases
  • Provide care for acute illnesses
  • Work towards alleviating co-morbidities among at-risk high school students
  • Deliver culturally competent primary preventive, and emergency health care
  • Improves the overall health status in a substantially uninsured and medically underserved population through shared school-based and community resources
  • Provide a focus on prevention and early intervention
  • Offers a combination of testing such as pregnancy or STD testing
  • Medical assessments
  • Physical examinations
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Case management
  • Dental health education
  • Diabetes education
  • Nutrition education
  • Health education and health promotion

The School-Based Health Services Program is a partnership between the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, Pinellas County School System, and the Juvenile Welfare Board.

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