At the Ville, the St. John Clinic is open daily. Not every high school can boast of having its own clinic, so students at East English are glad to be the exception. The clinic is actually a doctor’s office located in D Wing on the first floor of the school.
The medical staff is pleasant and very familiar with students. Often, they will participate in school activities; they enjoy supporting the students and staff at the Ville.
Just recently, students participated in a school-wide GYT (Get Yourself Tested) event sponsored by the clinic. Hundreds of students were tested for sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes and AIDS.
The clinic is a part of St. John Providence Community Health Initiative, which is committed to improving services to promote good quality life for the communities they serve.
At the school, the clinic’s mission is to provide comprehensive health care and education for students, and to promote a healthy future of communities by addressing the physical and emotional needs of children.
According to St. John Providence Hospital, there are multiple school-based health centers in public schools, including Garvey Academy, Nolan Elementary Middle School, Cornerstone Schools and Clintondale Community Schools.
St. John Providence School-Based Health Centers assert healthy children miss fewer school days. Moreover, they are better equipped to peacefully settle verbally and physical disagreements.
“By providing easy access to health care, our clinics are helping to ensure improved health, better well-being and success of youth; our programs nurture the body, mind and spirit through traditional physical care as well as mental and spiritual support,” said nurse Michelle at the Ville’s clinic.
“We also provide health and educational programs for youths.”
To acquire any services at the school clinic, students under the age of 18, must have a signed consent form by parent.
Some of the services provided at the clinic include immunizations, gynecological exams, pap smears, laboratory and diagnostic testing, dental, visions and hearing screening. The clinic offers sports physicals and pregnancy tests. They even have individual, group and family counseling.
For students who need substance abuse and behavioral modification services, St John Clinic has special programs.