TAYLOR — Beaumont Health’s Taylor Teen Health Center was named a Michigan Health & Hospital Association 2016 Ludwig Community Benefit Award recipients.
Named after former MHA president Patric Ludwig, the award is presented to member organizations that are integrally involved in collaborative programs improving the health and well-being of area residents. Winners also receive $3,000 from the MHA Health Foundation to assist in its health improvement efforts.
The MHA specifically recognized Taylor Teen Health Center’s School Wellness Program at Harry S Truman High School. The program is the result of the Teen Center partnering with the Taylor School District to help students stay in school and improve their chances for academic success. Most of the children attending the school live in a medically underserved area that includes large numbers of uninsured and Medicaid patients.
Since November 2011, free on-site health services have been provided during all school hours by Beaumont registered nurses and licensed social work counselors.
The nurses provide services for acute illness and first aid, blood pressure monitoring, HIV testing and counseling, immunization assessment and administration, vision exams and eyeglass certificates, dental referrals, individual health education and counseling, and management of chronic conditions.
The social work counselors provide services based on the mental health needs of the students.
One component of the Teen Center’s services is its student nutrition group initially intended to support students with diabetes. The group became so popular that students without diabetes asked and were permitted to join in their efforts to become healthier.
“Our team is passionate about changing these student’s lives for the better by addressing all of their health and wellness needs,” said Betty Priskorn, vice president, Community Health and Outreach, Beaumont Health. “We are laser-focused on building healthier individuals and healthier communities.”
More than 8,000 medical visits and 2,600 mental health visits have taken place at the school, and 97 percent of these visits resulted in the student returning to class and staying in school. Many of these vulnerable children would be unlikely to access physical or mental health services without the on-site services of the school wellness program.
“We are truly honored to receive such recognition from the MHA for our community wellness efforts,” Priskorn said. “Our Taylor Teen Health Center’s staff works tirelessly to improve the health and lives of the Taylor teens and I am so delighted to see their efforts highlighted at a statewide level.”
For more information on the School Wellness Program, contact Jeffrey Cook, director, school-based health at the Taylor Teen Health Center, at 734-942-2273.