Health department celebrates school-based health center awareness month

Mancelona Public School students Julia Kirby and Emma Moser read in the newly updated waiting room at the Ironmen Health Center.

Students and families across Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties have better access to health services thanks to school-based health centers operated by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.

During February, the staff and services provided by these health centers were celebrated as part of School Based Health Center Awareness Month. 

“There have been school-based or school-linked health centers in Michigan for over 30 years,” said Cortney Crocker, a nurse practitioner with the Ironmen Health Center, operated in collaboration with Mancelona Public Schools at the Mancelona Family Resource Center.  

Currently, there are more than 300 centers and programs in Michigan and more than 2,500 nationwide. Michigan is among the top six states that have the largest number of health centers in the U.S.   

Health officials said the impacts of school-based health centers are profound. 

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