Join us as we continue to raise funds to support the Princeton Viking School Based Health Centers to help keep kids healthy and in school.
Healthy Students are better learners
Research shows students perform better when they show up for class, healthy and ready to learn. School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) provide services where students are, in the school, so they can avoid health-related absences and get support to succeed in the classroom. Most SBHCs provide behavioral health services and comprehensive primary care medical services such as annual exams, immunizations, and sports physicals, treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, counseling, prevention, and education. The SBHC at Viking Village and Heritage Hill Elementary currently provide primary medical services and will possibly add behavioral health and dental services at a later date pending availability of funds.
A 17 year old male student came to the Viking School Based Health Center to receive a check up. He was new to Princeton being from out of state, and confided in Elena Roach, PNP, that he has had a troubled life. Surrounded by drugs and crime. He expressed to Elena that he didn’t want that to be his life anymore. Elena learned he should be treated for many services, including grief, as his father had just passed from lymphoma a month earlier. His family did not have insurance coverage so he did not know how he could afford the medication he needed. The VSBHC referred the family to Lincoln Heights Health Center’s Resource Advocates to help them figure out what their options were, fill out paperwork, and guide the whole family to a healthy lifestyle. After he got covered and was able to get his medication, he came back to the VSBHC with tears in his eyes and told the staff he couldn’t believe how much they had helped him and his family. The student is happy to have a new healthy start at Princeton and plans to attend college after he graduates this year.