In early December, Heartland Health Centers’ school-based health clinic and senior staff traveled to Washington, D.C. for a symposium and Congressional briefing convened by Ginn Group, CVS Health, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and Aramark.
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., were among the representatives and legislative staff at the briefing. At the symposium, Sullivan Utilization Manager Javonte Barber and CEO Gwenn Rausch were honored, along with two providers from Alabama.
“I hope these beautiful awards will serve as a wonderful reminder to these individuals of their continued strength as leaders that recognized the possibilities, continue to help us challenge the status quo, and thus bring ‘Whole Child’ care to so many more students whose lives have truly been transformed,” said Melanie Ginn, whose Ginn Group conceived the SMART Care model.
The SMART care model, used at several of Heartland’s school-based clinics, was developed in Chicago in 2013. At Sullivan High School, the model’s flagship, the clinic is in its sixth year of operation. The SMART care clinic has a track record of routinely consenting an average of 98 percent of the student population and providing care for 100 percent of those students, significantly increasing attendance by 3-4 percent, and improving the school’s academic metrics and rating.
The program just celebrated an expansion and re-opening earlier this year at Gale and Kilmer elementary schools. It also recently garnered a five-year commitment from Aramark and is set to expand to other parts of the country in coming years, according to the Ginn Group.