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Student Health Center

Overview

The Health Center grew out of the need for school health services at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School (BGCS) in 1994. The Health Center provides onsite healthcare to students in the Bruce-Guadalupe Community School and UCC Acosta Middle School. Services range from preventative health, medication management, onsite treatment of injuries, and minor health issues. This program has been vital to maintaining positive health of our student body and ensuring students can focus on being students while other needs are being supported and addressed.
The Student Health Center is supported and run by the Carroll University Nursing Program and students. Learn more about our partnership here.


Goals

The health center is both community and health-care based. It's community based in that community involvement is central to the center's mission and day-to-day operations, and it's health-care based in that health promotion and illness prevention are the goals of health care. Accordingly, goals are:

  • To maintain the provision of culturally appropriate health services focused on illness prevention and health promotion
  • To provide interdisciplinary, collaborative educational opportunities for students studying health-related issues


Services for Students & Clients

  • Physical examinations
  • Health education sessions
  • Health screenings (vision, and acute episodic health care for fevers, asthmatic attacks, earaches, or playground injuries)
  • Tuberculin skin tests, immunizations, and flu shots

Screening programs, individual health counseling, individualized nursing interventions for dementia and other memory loss problems, and flu clinics are provided to the elderly. Education programs are provided to the staff of the elderly programs.

The Health Center has strong connections with many community resources, including providers, educational institutions, and social programs.


Successes

School Attendance

Since the inception of the Health Center, BGCS student attendance has averaged higher than 95% for all grades. Milwaukee Public Schools' attendance for elementary students over the same period averaged 91% and just 86% for middle school students. The goal of preventative and on-site healthcare is to keep children in school to strengthen their learning experiences.

Immunizations

The Health Center is positively impacting the health of the Hispanic population in Milwaukee. Traditionally, low-immunization rates of the school children at BGCS rose from 38.5% (preschool and kindergarten) and 88.5% (grades 1–8) to 100% for both groups within the first year of the Health Center's operation. The annual immunization rate has since remained a consistent 99% to 100% in the years since the center's inception.

Thank you to the Catholic Community Foundation for its support of this program.