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School Health Services

Phone: 727-588-4040

square Basic School Health Services:

Provide health assessments, screening services, referral and follow-up of diagnosed or suspected health problems, medication administration, immunization, health record maintenance and review, emergency health services and health education.

square Comprehensive School Health Services Project:

Provide services to students in high-risk communities to meet three main programmatic goals:
  • Promote improved student health,
  • Support academic achievement, and
  • Decrease student involvement in drug/alcohol abuse, suicide/homicide, and other forms of risk-taking behavior.

square Full Service Schools:

Provide a full range of health and social services to children in schools designated high-risk. Full Service Schools engage in partnerships with private and non-profit community-based health and social service provides.

square School Based Health Services Program:

Prevention, intervention and emergency school-based health services are provided everyday to adolescents attending three Pinellas County’s schools: Boca Ciega High School, Gibbs High School and Northeast High School.

The high schools selected are based on several factors: 1) a high percentage of free or reduced lunches 2) high numbers of youth with significant discipline issues and histories of risky behaviors; and 3) high incidences of chronic health problems.

Services are provided by a multi-disciplinary team of health and mental health professionals and paraprofessionals which include a pediatrician, advanced registered nurse practitioners, health support technicians, registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse, licensed mental health therapists and clerical support. The school based health centers serve as a training resource for pediatric residents, medical and nursing students and nurse practitioner students.

School based health services staff deliver effective efficient and quality healthcare on site and provide the infrastructure necessary for treating overweight, obesity, and other chronic diseases; provide care for acute illnesses; work towards alleviating co-morbidities among at-risk high school students; deliver culturally competent primary preventive, and emergency health care; and improves the overall health status in a substantially uninsured and medically underserved population through shared school-based and community resources.

Provides a focus on prevention and early intervention, and offers a combination of testing such as pregnancy or STD testing, medical assessments, physical examinations, substance abuse counseling, case management, dental health education, diabetes education, nutrition education, health education and health promotion.

The mission of the School Based Health Services Program is to assess, protect and promote the health of children and adolescents, helping to assure that they are healthy in the classroom and ready to learn.

The School Based Health Services Program is a partnership between the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, Pinellas County School System, Juvenile Welfare Board, Boca Ciega High School administration, Gibbs High School administration and Northeast High School administration.


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