JACKSON, Miss. – Students at Lanier High School in Jackson will learn how to adopt a healthier lifestyle in addition to receiving primary medical care when they visit the school’s new Teen Wellness Clinic, a partnership between Jackson Public Schools, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Mississippi School of Nursing.
UMMC is providing financial and staffing support to revitalize the in-school clinic at Lanier High, which has about 800 students in grades 9-12. This brings to three the number of nurse-managed health clinics operated by UMMC and the School of Nursing in the Jackson school district. One clinic is located at Johnson Elementary and a joint clinic operates at Brown Elementary and Rowan Middle School.
“The Teen Wellness Clinic is innovative in that it combines health outreach with clinical care in a new school-based health clinic run by an academic health science center,” notes clinic director Dr. Kate Fouquier, a certified nurse midwife and associate professor in the School of Nursing.
The clinic’s services include treatment for acute and chronic illnesses as well as referrals to appropriate health care when an illness or treatment is out of the scope of practice for the nurse practitioner. Just as importantly, the clinic’s wellness emphasis includes a focus on good decision-making to avert risky behavior that can have a lifelong impact.
“It’s no secret that when students feel better, they perform better in the classroom,” states Jackson district Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray. “The Lanier High School Teen Wellness Clinic will increase student attendance and achievement by providing medical services to students.”