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What is the Office of School Health Services?

The Office of School Health Services, formerly the Coordinated School Health Office, primary focus and mission is to improve children's health and academic success by advancing school health services through leadership and collarboration. It is a joint effort between the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education that follows the Coordinated School Health Model that is recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

What are the components of the Coordinated School Health Model?

  • Health Education
  • Health Services
  • Nutrition Services
  • Physical Education
  • Healthy and Safe School Environment
  • Health Promotion for Staff
  • Family/Community Involvement
  • Conseling, Psychological, and Social Services

What is a School-Based Health Center?

A School-Based Health Center is a health clinic located in or near a school. The clinic, with parent permission, can treat students and their families and some can even treat the community.

What are the benefits of a school-based health center?

School-Based Health Centers provide an easily accessible clinic for students, their family, and potentially members of the community to utilize. This is very beneficial for families and students that do not have any means of transportation to a clinic or a town where the nearest healthcare faucility is very far away. The student can utilize school transportation to get to the clinic, and the clinics are located in the school so the rest of the student's family and participating communities can access the clinic with ease. 

What types of services does a school-based health center provide?

In general, most School-Based Health Centers provide basic medical services, dental sevices, optometry services, mental health services, drug and alcohol counseling, and many others.