January 18, 2019
Topeka, Kan. — The University of Kansas Health System has partnered with Topeka Public Schools (TPS 501) to open a health clinic at Topeka High School (THS) this month.
The Campus Care clinic will offer comprehensive teen-focused primary care. In addition, THS students will be able to receive physicals, walk-in care, vaccines and lab testing among other wellness services without leaving the campus.
“We are honored to partner with The University of Kansas Health System who realizes the tremendous benefit of providing health care access to teens during a critical phase of their development," said Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson. "We are committed to serving the whole child. I have witnessed the positive effects in-school clinics have on student health and success, and we thank The University of Kansas Health System in partnering to help us serve the mental and physical health needs in our school community."
“The University of Kansas Health System is committed to improving access to care for Kansans. As proud members of the Topeka community, we look forward to working with the school district to offer students the right healthcare, in the right place at the right time to meet their needs,” said Chris Wilson, Vice President of System Integration and Innovation for The University of Kansas Health System. “This clinic will support the learning environment by helping teens stay in school, and by identifying and addressing health problems that may hamper the learning process.”
Staff will be onsite starting Jan. 23, 2019, and Campus Care will be available for patients later this semester. Parents or guardians will need to give permission for their child to be seen. The clinic will be staffed by a certified nurse practitioner, and will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Once opened, the clinic will serve THS students solely. Available medical services include:
- Annual age-appropriate risk assessment
- Asthma nebulizer treatment
- Blood draw
- Blood glucose testing
- BMI measurement
- Mental health screening and referral
- Pregnancy testing
- Rapid strep testing
- Sports physicals
- Urinalysis dip testing
- Vaccines – meningitis and HPV
- Walk-in care
Future plans include expanding access to the broader school community, including teen and adult family members of students as well as the faculty and staff at THS.