Accounted For: Can School Clinics Improve Attendance?

“…Studies have found a positive association with school clinics and attendance.”

accounted_for_healthThe often complicated web of health problems that keep a child from attending school can be hard to untangle. On top of that, dealing with bureaucratic hierarchies, differing data collection methods and privacy concerns can be tricky.

The nonprofit Elev8 Baltimore runs three school clinics in partnership with Baltimore Medical System, a nonprofit health-care provider. Between 2010 and 2013, the clinics at three East Baltimore schools had a total of more than 11,300 visits.

“If we can remove all the barriers that keep a child from coming to school on a regular basis, that’s a huge hurdle to overcome.” — Nicole Johnson, senior director of Elev8 Baltimore.

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