YES! Youth working to bring school-based health center Wake County, N.C.
May 30, 2013
We have profiled the great work of Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) on the CMHNetwork website in the past and we are compelled to do it again. Network faithful would be remiss if you didn’t check out their efforts to bring a school-based health center (SBHC) to a Wake County, N.C. public school. The focus of their effort is to ensure that youth ages 12-18 are actively involved and have a voice in what health care services they receive and how they receive them. This includes providing youth with opportunities to advocate for their healthcare and the healthcare of those in their communities. So how the heck can you argue with that? Great lessons here for what other youth organizations could be doing across the country!
Check out the great fact sheets on health care they have developed (for youth and by youth), and a video on the benefits of SBHCs.
The YES team cites statistics showing that the school nurse to student ratio in Wake County is one nurse for every 2,300 students. This makes it difficult for students to get the care they need when they need it and impacts academic success. On the YES! website you will find fact sheets on health care that were created by YES! youth and a video on the benefits of SBHCs.