KU School of Medicine Wichita Brings Health Clinic to Local School District
WICHITA, Kan (KSNW) – There is a new clinic in the area and it is located inside Valley Center High School. Even though the Valley Center High School clinic started in the spring semester almost halfway through the school year, a school vice-principal said it was already making a difference.
“Having that in high school and being so accessible, I think it’s a bonus for our district and it kind of paves the way for other districts to follow us,” said Chris Asmussen, athletic director of the Valley Center and deputy director.
KU School of Medicine – Wichita School Clinics is a new program that may be offered to other schools.
“We’re here half a day, every day at Valley Center,” said Dr. Rachel Brown, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the KU School of Medicine in Wichita.
Dr Brown said the clinic’s goal is to take care of the whole person, body and mind.
“What we’re trying to do here is pick up on some of the issues that kids have to help them help,” Dr Brown said. “And then also to facilitate referral to other resources.”
“We all need to work together to have the courage to undergo the screening that we want to offer children at risk,” said Dr Brian Pate, chair of the pediatrics department at the KU School of Medicine in Wichita.
The impact of the pandemic is weighing on students and faculty at Valley Center.
“Having these abilities in our school really helps make it easier when these needs arise, we can manage them effectively,” said Asmussen.
Deputy principal Asmussen said normally students have to travel 15 minutes or more to Newton or Wichita to see a doctor, so having the clinic right at the school also keeps the kids in the classroom.