School-Based Health Centers
The family had no insurance and no money in their budget for their children's check-ups. But their seven-year-old desperately needed help to control his asthma. They turned to places they could trust: their child's school and Banner School-Based Health Centers.
Throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, Banner's health centers are the only health care provider some school children have.
- Seven Banner Health health care professionals provided care to more than 4,000 children in 2008-2009 school year.
- The children come in for ailments ranging from earaches to baffling neurological conditions stemming from strep throat.
- The centers provided a first line of defense against H1N1.
- Many parents say that without the centers, they would have had to go to the Emergency department to get care for their children.
- The health center's nurse practitioners and physicians assistants use check-ups as an opportunity for extensive health counseling for conditions epidemic in children such as obesity and asthma.
- The need for school-based care is greater than ever. Arizona's rate of uninsured residents is one of the highest in the country and our economy has made it difficult for families to afford rising co-pays.
A $100 donation means six children can be seen in a two-hour time period at a Banner school-based health center.