A new school-based health center at the Dr. Freddie Thomas Learning Center on Scio Street. Rochester Regional Health teamed up with the Rochester City School District to bring similar centers to several city schools, where kids can receive a wider scope of treatment. (Photo by Paul Giovine/WHAM, Aug. 22, 2023)  by WHAM

Rochester, N.Y. — Back to school is just around the corner for most, and Rochester Regional Health wants to make sure students know they can keep their wellness in check — without even leaving the building.

School-based health centers” are now embedded inside of several Rochester city schools, providing primary care, immunizations, nutrition education and more.

“It really gives our students a chance to be seen without parents needing to take time off work to take their children to the doctor,” said Dr. Kimberly Harris-Papin, the principal at Montessori Academy’s School No. 53. “We just had an open house last week and the new parents at our school were ecstatic that we had such facilities on campus.”

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