The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict is working in partnership with Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and Country Doctor Community Health Center to bring a school-based health center (SBHC) to Lowell Elementary School. The SBHC will be community hub of resources for families to build sustainability upon.
Lowell Elementary School is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle and is the assigned elementary school for all downtown homeless shelters. The disproportionately high population of homeless and low-income students is faced with many hardships, including a lack of access to health care.
The Lowell SBHC will provide primary health care services, immunizations, dental care, vision care, mental health services, and behavioral health services. The center will also conduct trauma-informed training for teachers as well as translation services to facilitate communication between SHBC staff and patients for whom English is a second language.
The center aims to help remove physical, emotional, and behavioral health barriers to student success, while supporting staff in better serving students and strengthening relationships between the school and student families. The SBHC will provide affordable, conveniently located, and easy-to-access health care services for students and their families, as well school staff members, thus bridging the gap for families who do not consistently have access to care.
Why Lowell and why now?
In May 2018, parents, school staff, and community members identified Lowell as an opportunity for a well-placed SBHC site. In March 2019, Lowell received grant funds from Kaiser Permanente to support the planning process to establish the SBHC. During the planning process, Country Doctor Community Clinic, a federally qualified health center located half a mile from the school, was established as the fiscal agent for the project. Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic also stepped up as an enduring community partner with a dedication to promoting quality pediatric care, family advocacy, health collaboration, mentoring and education in a culturally relevant context.
Special thanks to our partners:
Lowell Elementary School
Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic
Country Doctor Community Health Center