Forest Grove School-Based Health Center
Virginia Garcia opened its second school-based health center at Forest Grove High School in 2009. The health center is open to ALL school district students of all ages and serves the communities of Forest Grove, Cornelius, Banks and Gaston during the school year.
Watch this video featuring Sue Bisgyer, FNP, provider at the Forest Grove School-Based Health Center here.
Phone: (503) 359-4057
Hours (during school year):
Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30am-5:30pm (closed 12:00pm-1pm. lunch);
Mental Health Counseling:
Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm (lunch from 12pm-1pm)
The 2010-2011 school year marks the first full year of operation for the Forest Grove School Based-Health Center (SBHC). “We started slowly but are picking up speed,” said clinic manager Sue Bisgyer. In February, we saw an average of 12-14 kids/day, many of whom came in to get their immunizations before the statewide ‘exclusion’ day.”
Pictured below, former patient, Jorge Gonzalez and Sue Bisgyer.
This year the SBHC began evaluating kids for ADHD. Students were referred by counselors, teachers and parents who had concerns about attention deficit, hyperactivity and stress. “The response has been overwhelming,” said Bisgyer. “It shows what a need there is to help students who are struggling with these issues.” After being evaluated at the SBHC, students are referred to a VG primary care physician or specialist if necessary. “Next year we hope to get the funding to be able to provide drug and alcohol assessment as well,” said Bisgyer.
The SBHC also teamed up with Forest Grove high school health teachers to offer a six part health and wellness series. “We talked to the students about stress, peer pressure, sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases and about the services the SBHC provides. We collaborated with health educators to develop our materials.”
The SBHC continues to work with its advisory committee to get the word out about the center, which also serves students and families in the Gaston school district. “We want to get on the agenda for all the kindergarten round-ups this spring so that families are introduced to the SBHC as they enter the school system.”
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