BMS @ Thomas Jefferson High School (School-Based Health Center)

400 Pennsylvania Avenue, 1st floor
Brooklyn, New York 11207
phone: 718.345-5000, ext. 2257
fax: (708) 922-0709

Adolescents in our service area are generally at risk for preventable diseases, but can often be extremely difficult to engage.

In 2001 BMS was awarded a $50,000 School-Based Health Center Planning and Capacity Development Grant sponsored by the Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities Program. A simultaneous application was submitted to the New York State Department Health and an additional grant in the amount of $87,300 was awarded to establish and operate the school-based health center (SBHC) at Thomas Jefferson High School, located at 400 Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn. Some of the projects for which we’ve received funding are: the Baby Think It Over program (which provides students with electronic simulated babies to educate them about the demands of premature parenthood), the Tobacco Prevention & Cessation program, and Asthma Peer Leader Initiative.

In addition to the federal Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities Program (a division of HRSA) and the State Department of Health, the SBHC has received generous funding support from the United Hospital Fund and the Heckscher Foundation for Children.

Jefferson SBHC reception area

BMS@Jefferson, as the school-based health center is called, opened in October 2002. It provides medical care, dental hygiene examinations, counseling, and health education – free of charge to the 1,500 students of the five individual academies housed within the shared building. Family members of students are also eligible to be served at the site, at no charge. The target population are the primarily Black and Latino adolescent students (age 14-19 years) drawn from in and around East New York and Brownsville. Students can expect to receive immunizations, complete physical exams, height/weight monitoring, vision & hearing screening, and treatment plans for chronic conditions like diabetes and asthma. The full-time staff includes a primary care provider, a mental health counselor, and a program manager/health educator – available on-site throughout the school day and year-round. During the summer months, students are welcomed at BMS Main or BMS@Genesis for services.

Jefferson SBHC waiting area

The SBHC is subject to the same standards BMS’ main medical facility must meet and maintain as a Joint Commission-accredited health center. It is also integrally linked with the co-located World Academy for Total Community Health (WATCH High School), whose health curriculum is facilitated by the SBHC.

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