April 8, 2016
In March, the Anchorage School District’s school-based health centers received a Districts of Distinction award. This national recognition program is sponsored by District Administration magazine and honors school districts which demonstrate excellence in education.
ASD currently houses health centers at Clark and Begich middle schools. These two clinics have performed more than 2,500 physical exams and urgent medical needs since 2010. Clark’s center offers medical care, while Begich’s offers both medical care and behavioral health services – a component that was added in the 2014-15 school year.
“Our school-based health centers are invaluable in helping support students in need of health care or behavioral support,” said Superintendent Ed Graff. “In some cases, a school health professional is the only medical care a child receives.”
ASD partnered with a local health provider which assumes fiscal responsibility of the clinics. The clinics directly bill students’ insurance to cover costs of its services, but do not turn away uninsured students or those who cannot afford to pay. In 2014, approximately $20,000 in care was donated to ASD students at these two clinics.