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Bassett Healthcare Goes Into Schools to Treat Children

Children in many New York communities face real barriers to healthcare access. Geography, a lack of insurance, and a host of socioeconomic factors can prevent children from getting the care they need.

The 19 Bassett Healthcare Network School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) in Central New York are breaking down these barriers. Bassett has enrolled more than 7,000 students who pay no out-of-pocket expenses for the healthcare services provided by the SBHCs. These students received medical care, behavioral health services, and dental care during more than 20,000 clinic visits in 2012.

This program is one of the many partnerships where hospitals go to schools to increase healthcare access to people whose access is limited. The Bassett program has led to real results. For example, in 2013, the percentage of students with an asthma-related diagnosis who received the influenza immunization increased to 82%.