JCPS partnered with Park DuValle to make health services accessible to students
February 11, 2020 — Pleasure Ridge Park (PRP) High School and Park DuValle Community Health Center (PDCHC) officials today cut the ribbon on the school’s new, on-site health clinic, giving students access to comprehensive health services while reducing absences from school.
Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) partnered with PDCHC to open the center, which features two exam rooms, lab space, a waiting area and office.
Park DuValle covered the cost of renovations to convert classroom space into a fully functional health center. Initially, the center will be open to students, with services expanded to staff next school year. The clinic will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. when school is in session.
“Our students spend six to seven hours a day, nine months a year, in our facilities, giving schools an unparalleled opportunity to impact children’s health,” said Angela Hayes, JCPS health services nurse practitioner. “Park DuValle at PRP will not only be able to identify and treat ailments, but provide preventative services, education and follow-up. And because those services are available on-site, students’ time away from school is greatly reduced.”
Students visiting the center can receive immunizations, well-child exams, sports physicals, labs and acute care by a nurse practitioner and licensed practical nurse. In addition, students can schedule behavioral health visits with a licensed clinical social worker, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner or psychiatrist. Dental visits will start in August 2020.
“This partnership plays an important role in our goal of providing holistic supports for our students, and making sure they have the resources they need to be healthy and succeed in school,” said Kim Salyer, PRP principal.
No student will be turned away because of an inability to pay, and no copays will be collected this year. When students receive treatment at the center, a claim will be filed with the individual’s health insurance, if available.
Park DuValle will open a similar in-school center at Central High School Magnet Career Academy later this month. The two schools were selected because their student population and demographics are similar to the patients served by Park DuValle on a daily basis.
“We have a passion for providing quality healthcare services at a reasonable price to Kentucky residents,” said Shantelle Simpson, chief operating officer for PDCHC. “Our goal is to not only improve student’s health outcomes but educate students at an early age, giving them the tools they need to improve their health and well-being.”