North Country Family Health Center’s Maynard P. Wilson Elementary School-Based Health & Dental Program Celebrates 10 Years of Operation

North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) is pleased to announce its School-Based Health & Dental Program at the Maynard P. Wilson Elementary, 13180 US 11, Adams Center is celebrating its 10th year of providing health, dental, and behavioral health services. NCFHC will host a luncheon from 10:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18th for all staff at the elementary school in honor of the 10 year celebration.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating a decade of providing healthcare services to students at Wilson Elementary. Providing services directly where students are significantly increases access to care and allows our staff to focus on the importance of presentation and health education,” comments Joey Marie Horton, Chief Executive Officer, North Country Family Health Center. “All students are eligible to enroll in the School-Based Health & Dental Program regardless of income or current healthcare provider. The Program operates with no out of pocket costs to families as well. Enrollment is a great back-up plan in case a student gets sick at school or can be used as a child’s primary care provider if they do not have one.”

Maynard P. Wilson Elementary site was the second NCFHC School-Based Program to open in the South Jefferson Central School District. In the fall of 2007 the first South Jefferson School-Based Health Center was opened by NCFHC at the Mannsville Manor Elementary School in Mannsville, New York.

The Maynard P. Wilson Elementary School-Based Health Center is staffed by a physician assistant, a medical assistant, a registered dental hygienist, a dental assistant, and a licensed clinical social worker who provides individual and family counseling services. Staff care for students when they are sick or if they experience chronic care issues such as diabetes or asthma. Well child and annual physical exams are also offered to students as well as immunization and allergy shots. In addition, preventative dental services are offered including cleanings, sealants, and fluoride varnish.

“Many parents choose to enroll their children just in case – in case they are not able to leave work to care for a sick child or they are not able to get their sick child into their primary care provider as soon as they’d like,” comments Heather Lupia, School-Based Health Center Administrator. “No student is turned away from our School-Based Health Centers – services are provided with no out-of-pocket cost (co-pays and deductibles) which is a nice benefit for parents. And, enrollment is quick and easy – enrollment forms are available at each school or on-line on our website,”

South Jefferson Middle and High School students can also utilize the Wilson Elementary or Mannsville Elementary site, for their medical needs too. Students from the middle and high school may be transported by a parent, or drive themselves, when they have appointments at the elementary sites. Preventative dental services are provided onsite twice a year at Clarke Middle/High School for students in grades 7-12.

“It has been proven time and time again that healthy, happy students are more engaged in their academics,” comments Scott Slater, Superintendent, South Jefferson School District. “Our students, as well as our teachers and staff, are lucky to have the on-site health, dental, and behavioral health services provided by the North Country Family Health Center’s School-Based Health & Dental Program. We look forward to working with the NCFHC staff to provide these services to our students for years to come.”




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