CPS, Mercy Health bringing health clinics to area schools

(FOX19) - Cincinnati Public Schools and Mercy Health have teamed up to provide school-based health clinics at three area elementary schools with an effort to improve health care in the community.

The clinics are staffed with a school health assistant and nurse practitioner.

Nurse Practitioner Laura Huss works at Mt. Washington School and says she can provide a wide range of health services, diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses like ear and respiratory infections.

Huss can do a lot of things the school nurses can't, such as write prescriptions and perform annual physical exams.

"The idea is to bring health care to the school for the convenience for the families. It's often times very difficult to take off of work and to get an appointment for your child to see the doctor in a timely manner," Huss told FOX19.

Ten-year-old Jerome Collins says seeing the doctor is not his favorite thing.

"I just don't like doctor's offices because I get shots and that hurts and it hurts," said Collins. However, he found that his visit to the school heath clinic was painless.

"It really ain't that scary, you should just go. Try it and you'll see that doctor's offices ain't scary," he told FOX19.

Laura Huss says it's a service which also helps reduce absenteeism.

These school-based health clinics are open about three days a week and they even treat faculty.  They're partially funded through non-profit foundations.

In addition to Mount Washington School, the health clinics are also offered at Silverton Paideia Academy and Pleasant Hill Academy.

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