Community Health & Wellness Partners Opens Indian Lake School-Based Health Center
Written by WKTN Staff on February 22, 2023
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio — February is National School-based Health Care Awareness Month – a time to recognize the important impact these programs have on healthcare access in Ohio and across the nation.
One Ohio non-profit plans to celebrate with a grand opening and ribbon cutting of its newest school-based health program in Indian Lake Schools. Community Health & Wellness Partners (CHWP), an independent, nonprofit health center that provides primary care and other wellness services to the residents of Champaign, Logan and surrounding counties, will celebrate the opening of the Indian Lake School-Based Health Center, located in the Indian Lake Middle School, Friday, February 24th at 12:00 noon at 8920 Co Rd 91, Suite 2, Lewistown, OH 43333.
The school-based health center had a soft opening in October, providing behavioral health services for students and staff with intervention case manager, Alayna Levingston, and therapist Bethany Henry LPCC. Primary care services began January 4 with the addition of a Certified Nurse Practitioner Breanna Detrick, and Medical Assistant, Daun Myers. Providers diagnose and treat illnesses, provide sports and work physicals, prescriptions, traditional and rapid testing of certain illnesses, and select vaccinations for students at all grade levels and adults. The Indian Lake School-Based Health Center will serve students, staff, and their immediate family members, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Indian Lake Superintendent, Dr. Robert Underwood, is pleased to offer this service on campus. “The Health Center is another resource that supports the Indian Lake mission to educate the whole child. Results far exceeded our expectations this fall when the Center opened to provide behavioral health
services. The addition of primary care medical services further enables us to meet the basic needs of students, which reduces lost educational time and allows students to reach their full potential.”
“School-based health centers can play an important role in helping families manage the physical and behavioral health needs of their children, providing necessary services for families where they are,” said Tara Bair, President/CEO of CHWP.
In addition to the Indian Lake program, CHWP is celebrating its one-year anniversary at Benjamin Logan Schools, two years at West Liberty-Salem Local Schools and is looking forward to the opening of the Riverside Community School-Based Health Center, slated for fall of 2023.
“We are grateful for the support and partnership of the Boards of Education at these four schools. Their support has helped pave the way for Community Health & Wellness Partners to further its mission to provide whole person, patient-centered healthcare to anyone and everyone in our community.”