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School-based health centers on APS campuses see 75% drop in patients during online learning

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As New Mexico’s largest school district continues virtual learning through the fall, health experts are worried some students aren’t getting the medical care they need. Six Albuquerque Public Schools campuses have school-based health centers on-site, each run by the UNM Medical Group.These centers provide a full range of health care for students; from behavioral health services, psychiatry and psychology services, and primary care, to child checks, acute care, immunizations, and confidential reproductive and sexual health services for older APS students.The school-based centers are meant to provide free health care to students who lack health insurance, are low income, or are not U.S. citizens. You will not be refused services if you cannot pay.Ever since learning went online, fewer students have been taking advantage of the program.Beth Muller, with the UNM Medical Group School-Based Health Centers, says visits are down about 75%.Until classes went virtual in March, there were nearly 5,600 student visits to the six centers, a 33% increase from that same time the year before.This August, a month that usually sees up to 500 visits, only saw 80.”We’re concerned with increased behavioral health issues including STIs and pregnancies, the things we work to decrease,” Muller says. “There are students that definitely need to be seen.”The health centers are still open during virtual learning. Leaders are hustling to get students in the door, from cold calling every single enrolled family to sending out mass emails.To make an appointment at one of the school-based health centers, go to this link: https://www.aps.edu/schools/aps-reentry-plan/reentry-plan-news/school-based-health-centersAll APS students and APS charter students are welcome.

As New Mexico’s largest school district continues virtual learning through the fall, health experts are worried some students aren’t getting the medical care they need.

Six Albuquerque Public Schools campuses have school-based health centers on-site, each run by the UNM Medical Group.

These centers provide a full range of health care for students; from behavioral health services, psychiatry and psychology services, and primary care, to child checks, acute care, immunizations, and confidential reproductive and sexual health services for older APS students.

The school-based centers are meant to provide free health care to students who lack health insurance, are low income, or are not U.S. citizens.

You will not be refused services if you cannot pay.

Ever since learning went online, fewer students have been taking advantage of the program.

Beth Muller, with the UNM Medical Group School-Based Health Centers, says visits are down about 75%.

Until classes went virtual in March, there were nearly 5,600 student visits to the six centers, a 33% increase from that same time the year before.

This August, a month that usually sees up to 500 visits, only saw 80.

“We’re concerned with increased behavioral health issues including STIs and pregnancies, the things we work to decrease,” Muller says. “There are students that definitely need to be seen.”

The health centers are still open during virtual learning. Leaders are hustling to get students in the door, from cold calling every single enrolled family to sending out mass emails.

To make an appointment at one of the school-based health centers, go to this link: https://www.aps.edu/schools/aps-reentry-plan/reentry-plan-news/school-based-health-centers

All APS students and APS charter students are welcome.

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