Keeping kids healthy so they can get the most out of their educational environment is the focus of the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic’s latest facility, located at the Tejano Center for Community Concerns in southeast Houston.
A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday at the new clinic, which is at the Tejano Center’s Raul Yzaguirre School for Success, an open enrollment charter school.
Students at the school will have access to important health services, including wellness exams and immunizations, sports physicals and screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and HIV. In addition, they’ll have access to nutritional information and education, counseling and case management and social work services.
“The new clinic is a great addition to our school and to this community,” said Anthony Magdaleno, chairman of the board of the School for Success. “We think it will have a real impact on the health and well being of our community.”
The new clinic represents the continuation of the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic’s commitment to providing affordable, quality health care to Houston’s teens and adolescents in collaboration with community partners.
“For 70 years, Baylor College of Medicine has been committed to creating innovative programs that meet the needs of the citizens of Houston and Harris County through patient care, education and research and, most importantly, collaboration,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of BCM. “The Teen Health Clinic at the Tejano Center for Community Concerns serves as a testament to what we can do together and as a symbol that our commitment to the community will never end.”
Dr. Peggy Smith, director of the Baylor Teen Health Clinic, emphasized that the clinic is the result of important collaborations been Baylor College of Medicine, Harris County, the Tejano Center for Community Concerns, Community Health Choice and the Simmons Foundation.
This is the eighth clinic of the Baylor Teen Health Clinic system, including two other school-based clinics and five community clinics.
-By Dana Benson