The HEALS dental and medical clinics serve the eligible children and their siblings at our elementary site school locations.
The HEALS Medical Clinics are currently located at three Huntsville City Schools, including Martin Luther King, Morris, University Place Elementary. A new medical clinic is now located in Madison county at Madison Crossroads Elementary School. The HEALS Dental Clinic is located at Martin Luther King Elementary School, which serves the eligible children from all HEALS site schools.
If a student is enrolled as a HEALS patient, he or she will receive the same care that they would get at a full service pediatrician’s office. HEALS can manage a student’s illness(es) at school and therefore decrease absenteeism from school. View a complete list of our services, or give us a call at (256) 428-7560 if you have additional questions.
School-based health centers like HEALS are not the same as the school nurse’s office. HEALS functions as the primary health care provider for its patients, and are able to treat and resolve students’ health problems by referring out to specialists if necessary. School nurses often refer students to HEALS.
SBHCs and school nurses know that healthy students learn better. They share an important mission: providing preventive care for all students they serve, with the goal of keeping students in class learning. View the diagram provided by NASBHC (National Assembly on School Based Health Care) explaining the relationship a bit further.
Students without insurance at our partnering schools and their siblings are eligible to become HEALS patients. To enroll with HEALS, parents or legal guardians should contact a HEALS nurse or clinic coordinator at one of our site schools to fill out the appropriate paperwork. Students must obtain signed parental consent before using the services of HEALS. We promote family communication by assisting youth to involve their parents in the resolution of health problems.
In working directly with medical volunteers and efficiently staffed by nurses, nurse practitioners, and clinic coordinators, the centers avoid high tech medicine and provide basic health care services in space that is donated by the school systems. With their emphasis on prevention and early detection, the centers are able to intervene before youngsters are forced to use the more expensive services of a hospital or emergency room.
Read more about Cost-Savings of School-Based Health Centers from NASBHC (National Assembly on School-Based Health Care)
Children, especially adolescents, are an increasingly underserved population in Alabama and the nation. School-based health centers like HEALS help eliminate traditional barriers to health care access, including economics, lack of transportation as well as lack of knowledge of available services and the importance of preventive care.
Read more about the benefits of school-based health centers like HEALS and learn about the positive impact we have on student's academic success. (courtesy of NASBHC - National Assembly on School-Based Health Care).