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School-Based Health Clinics

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you live in West Philly in the vicinity of 58th and Walnut Streets and have a medical problem, you’re in luck. The Dr. Bernett Johnson Sayre Health Center is located at Sayre High School, serving the community with a special emphasis on obesity, often a problem in low income neighborhoods.

The Center at Sayre is unique. While it began as a Preventive Health Initiative, with only 15.8% of those over 25 high school graduates, education has become a large part of its mission. With support from the University of Pennsylvania, students in grades 9- 12 receive exposure to health professions, mentoring, healthy cooking classes, internships, career advice, hospital and college life plus help with college applications and more.

School-based clinics are not new; there are others in Philadelphia and Colorado is moving ahead with clinics statewide. However, Sayre’s four year program encouraging students to consider healthcare as a career and its college access program are a good model, steering young people to fields where there are jobs.

Reported By Dr. Marciene Mattleman, KYW Newsradio

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  • Alice Seufert

    Dr. Johnson was the BEST. He was the kindest of human beings. He took an interest in everyone he met and made them feel special. We all miss him dearly. Besides being the most wonderful, caring doctor, he also had other talents. He was a gifted artist. Sayre has one of his paintings displayed in their health center, donated by his widow, Mrs. Mary Martha Johnson.

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