Montefiore Medical Center's School Health Program is the largest and most comprehensive school-based health program in the country. It provides medical, dental, behavioral, preventive, and community-based health services to 27,000 students in 65 Bronx public schools more than 70,000 times a year, who otherwise may not have received healthcare due to geography, lack of insurance, and socio-economic factors.
This significant community outreach program for children and families is supported by active school-based Advisory committees and Wellness councils whose members include principals, teachers, administrators, parents, students, and representatives from community agencies.
The School Health Program provides immunizations and screening tests, promotes good nutrition, and treats chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and asthma. Positive outcomes include fewer teen pregnancies and a 50% reduction in asthma hospitalizations.