Health and Human Services

School Based Health Centers

Price Philanthropies helped establish and continues to fund four school-based health centers that provide comprehensive preventive and primary health care services to students and siblings attending schools in the Hoover High feeder pattern with no co-pays.

The health centers located on the campuses of Central Elementary, Rosa Parks Elementary, and Monroe Clark Middle, are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and serve all children from birth to age 18. The centers are jointly operated by La Maestra Health Centers and San Diego Family Care Mid City Clinic. The health centers are staffed by medical doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, clinical psychologists, and family therapists.

The health centers are open year round, even when school is out of session, playing an important role in helping families provide for the physical and mental health care needs of their children. The onsite location encourages families to seek preventive medical care in a trusted setting and allows students to miss fewer hours of educational instruction.

The health centers also serve as the “health home” for students and siblings attending neighboring schools. Central is the hub for Adams, Cherokee Point, Edison, Franklin, and Normal Heights elementary schools, and Wilson Middle. Monroe Clark is the hub for Hamilton, Joyner, and Rowan elementary schools. Rosa Parks serves as the hub for Euclid Elementary.

In addition to the health centers, La Maestra operates a Mobile Dental Care Unit that brings comprehensive dental care to every school in the Hoover feeder pattern.

Each health center is co-located with the school nurse, who still provides mandated vision and dental screenings, immunizations, first aid, and health education for school staff, children, and families.

The Hoover High School Health Center operates similar to an urgent care facility serving the 2,200 students at Hoover. The Center is operated by La Maestra and Scripps Mercy Hospital. A fulltime trilingual social worker (MSW) assesses students referred to the Health Center for mental and emotional health issues. Two fulltime bilingual front office staff provides administrative support for clinic operations. A physician is on campus one day a week for consultation. Through collaboration with Children’s Hospital, Union of Pan Asian Communities, and the Center for Grief Care and Education, there is a licensed therapist at the Health Center every day. The dental clinic operates in collaboration with Comprehensive Health Centers.

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