School-Based Health Center Serves Whole Community 

Getting students and families excited about healthy living

May 13, 2015

With the help of HealthCorps members from their school-based health center, Kindergarteners at Johnson Elementary smiled wide as they learned about good oral hygiene.

One of 33 CPS sites with a school-based health center, Johnson is able to offer students, their families, and the surrounding North Lawndale community with a virtual doctor’s office on school grounds.

“This resource provides quality, age-appropriate health care, not just to our students, but to the entire school community,” said Johnson principal Alice Henry. “Having this convenient resource makes it easier for them to keep up on immunizations, physicals, and other health services.”

Since opening in September 2013, the Johnson school-based health center has been supported by The Chicago HealthCorps, part of the National HealthCorps AmeriCorps program. This partnership has resulted in health and nutrition education for students as young as pre-K, with many of the lessons having practical applications in the classroom.

“They talk about healthy eating and what food groups they see in our school breakfasts and lunches”, said Johnson Kindergarten teacher Jacquelyn Dodds. “And their nutrition lessons go hand in hand with many of our class projects, including our plan to plant seeds in a garden later this spring to learn about nutritious fruits and vegetables.”

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