Back to School: Health clinics expand to all Paducah city schools

There are 2,000 school-based health clinics nationwide. Now, you can add a few more to the list.

Baptist Health Paducah is partnering with Paducah Public Schools to open school-based health clinics in every district school. We found out what that means for students and their families.

Ashley Graham is one busy business woman and mom of four.

"I don’t have enough hours in the day," Graham said with a laugh.

Her oldest daughter, Johanna, is a big help at her Paducah shop, Farmer’s Daughter Soap Company. She heads to Paducah Tilghman High School this year. It’s bittersweet for Graham.

"She was my first. She’s my baby," Graham said. "And now she’s gonna’ be a freshman."

The school-based health clinic at the high school is helping put Graham’s mind at ease.

"We offer health care and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries here on site," said Nurse Practitioner Michelle Wilson, who runs the clinic at the high school. "Families are busy. You have activities going on, we’re working, you have other siblings and we can offer that service in a very convenient, fast manner."

The clinic can provide vaccinations, physicals and strep throat tests. They can even call in prescriptions.

"It’s great to know that I may not have to leave work and go to the doctor for something that’s totally unnecessary," Graham said.

The goal is to keep students in classroom seats and reduce absences.

"Being sick at school is a distraction for that student and the others around them," Wilson said.

It can also be a distraction for moms like Graham, who says this takes a weight off her shoulders.

"If something happens, they can take care of it there," Graham said.

To read the full news release from Baptist Health Paducah on its partnership with Paducah Public Schools and McCracken County Schools, click here.

To learn more about school-based health clinics, click here.

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