A school-based health clinic is open to all Shawnee Mission students and their siblings. Health Partnership Clinic at Shawnee Mission West is now open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays at Shawnee Mission West High School, 8800 W. 85th St. Health Partnership Clinic, the Overland Park Chamber, and Shawnee Mission West hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the space on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021,. Click here to see a video.
The new clinic is built like a physician’s office. The medical team on staff handles everything from sick child visits, annual well-child and sport physicals to treatment of illness and injuries, immunizations, strep screens, and chronic disease management, Amy Falk, Health Partnership Clinic CEO, shared with the crowd. A behavioral health staff member is also available to provide mental health assessments for depression, anxiety, vaping and substance abuse, ADHD testing, and evaluations for school performance and behavioral problems.
“Our School-Based Health Clinic is all about providing additional access points for health care to help keep students healthy and ready to learn,” Falk added.
Shawnee Mission has the only school in Johnson County with a school based- clinic, Shelby Rebeck, health services director for the Shawnee Mission School District noted.
“It’s so important for students to see we place emphasis on their health, not only medical health but behavioral health too,” she added.
Tim Holverson, Overland Park Chamber director of workforce and business growth, highlighted that the clinic is one aspect that adds to the quality of life in our community – one of the main reasons people decide to move to this city. Education and access to healthcare are often listed as some of the strongest assets in our community, and the clinic addresses both.
Representing Shawnee Mission West High School, principal Steve Loe shared that he was so glad that the clinic was available to serve every student in the district.
“This is an example of how two organizations can come together to improve the lives of children,” Loe reflected. “The school-based health clinic will greatly expand the resources of our school nurse and social worker and help support our goal of having every student succeed.”