Children Can’t Learn When They’re Sick
Children in high-poverty/high-potential neighborhoods already face a litany of barriers to learning. Physical and mental health issues, particularly if they inhibit school-day attendance, are among the most damaging.
That’s why Charleston Promise Neighborhood and the Medical University of South Carolina established KidsWell – pediatric clinics right there in the schools.
KidsWell School-Based Clinics
Convenient school-based clinics affect both the health and education of students, and reduce potential barriers to access, including transportation and the need for their parents to miss work.
Does it Work?
- Research by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that students at schools with health clinics have more access to care.
- Numerous studies have linked improved student health to better academic outcomes.When you support Charleston Promise Neighborhood, you help provide:
- A full-time pediatrician to support our community’s most vulnerable students
- Expedited wellness screenings for vision, hearing and dental
- Diagnosis, treatment and prescriptions
- Assistance with referrals to school resources to help with benefits enrollment
- Hunger amelioration, obesity prevention and physical fitness
- Access to immediate tele-health services (where available)
How to Enroll Your Child in KidsWell
- School-Based Health Centers are located at four CCSD schools including: Burns Elementary, Chicora Elementary, Mary Ford Elementary and Sanders-Clyde Elementary.
- If you are a parent with a child attending one of these five schools, download and return the Enrollment Form Package to your school nurse.
- To make an appointment or for more information, call or text KidsWell Nurse Stephanie Merrell at 843-754-7670.