“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that the academic success of America’s youth is strongly linked with their health.”
Mom's Clinic is a school based health center (SBHC) located in Hamden High School. A SBHC is exactly what the name implies: a center for health care in school! It provides primary and preventive healthcare for any Hamden high school student, once parental permission is granted. (It is not just for girls!)
Mom’s Clinic is operated by the Quinnipiack Valley Health District, the public health department for Hamden. It is supported by a grant from the state of Connecticut. It is a “guest” in the house of the school.
Why should you enroll your child in Mom’s Clinic? Because the health care they need is right there in their environment; a place that they know and where they feel comfortable. The staff is specifically- trained to work with adolescents. Mom’s Clinic offers 3 C’s:
- Comfort: It is part of their school environment and the staff is trained to address adolescent health care needs.
- Convenience: It is at school!
- Cost-savings: There are no costs to the family for care within the SBHC.
Health services available at Mom’s Clinic include
- Diagnosis, treatment and follow-up for acute illnesses and injuries
- Health assessments including physical exams, sports' physicals, health screens and risk appraisals
- Nutrition education/counseling and weight management
- Screening and laboratory tests ( blood work, urine testing, etc.)
- Health education/promotion
- Crisis intervention
- Psychosocial assessments
- Individual, group and family counseling
The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. when school is in session. You can enroll your child even if you have your own pediatrician. Mom’s Clinic staff will work with your child’s doctor when additional services are needed. We also forward information about immunizations and physicals.
Any student can use Mom's Clinic services regardless of their insurance status. Mom’s Clinic is funded by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Public Health and through reimbursement from health insurance. Mom’s Clinic will bill appropriately for services. However, grant monies will be used to cover co-pays, deductibles, rejected claims and for visits with no insurance. Therefore, most families will have no out-of-pocket expenses, unless your insurance company mandates that a co-pay must be collected. If a health problem requires a referral to an outside agency, the family will be responsible for arranging for the payment.
To enroll students in the Mom's Clinic, parents should complete the enrollment forms.