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Health Start School-Based Clinics / Cuidados de Salud Situados en Escuelas

Health Start School-Based Clinics

What? Why?
-Though most teens are seen by health care providers each year, 25-60% report unmet needs.

-Barriers to care include not knowing where to go, limited transportation, money worries, need for confidential care, and fear of what health care providers might say or do.

Health Start clinics are accessible, affordable, teen-friendly, and non-judgmental.

How? Who? When?
Health Start is part of West Side Community Health Services, a private, non-profit community clinic. We operate multi-service health clinics at 9 public high schools in St. Paul-AGAPE, Central, Como, Gordan Parks, Harding, Highland, Humboldt, Johnson, and Washington.

Health Start serves over 3,000 students per year in more than 20,000 visits. Services are provided before, during and after school and include:

Medical Care: Physical/sports exams, immunizations, lab services, and asthma care. Reproductive care includes testing and treatment for STDs, birth control, and pregnancy testing.

Nutrition Counseling and Medical Nutrition Therapy includes services for weight loss, risk reduction, anemia, eating disorders, food scarcity, and sports nutrition.

Social Work Counseling & Therapy includes care for mental and emotional concerns like grief, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, abuse, violence, unplanned pregnancy and school problems.

Health Education: Includes individual, small group, and classroom education on topics like how to stop smoking, how to manage stress, pregnancy prevention, and healthy relationships.

Minor Consent Laws allow people under age 18 to get care without anyone else’s consent for:
-Birth control
-STD testing and treatment
-Pregnancy testing and prenatal care
-Some emergency mental health care

What about parents?
Parent consent is needed for students under age 18 for all but a few services described in minor consent law. Each year, parents receive information about clinic services and consent forms to tell us how we can serve their child-whether their child may receive:
1) Any/all health services provided
2) All services except birth control, or
3) No clinic services.

If parents do not tell us to limit care to their child, the student can receive services defined under
Minor Consent Law. Students whose care is limited by their parents are referred to other resources.

Health Start Administrative Staff
Shawna Hedlund, MPH, Associate Program Director x2222
Health Education Connection Line, 651-389-2517
Julie Mosca, SBC Clinic Services and Material Coordinator x2225
Erica Drake, CNP, Lead Nurse Practitioner x2223 or Washington HS Clinic 651-487-8531
Linda Dick-Olson, LICSW, Lead Social Worker x2228 or Harding HS Clinic 651-774-2884
Pat Swanson, RD, LD, Lead Nutritionist x2231

895 E. 7th St.
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Contact Information:
Name: Shawna Hedlund, Program Director
Phone: (651) 793-2222
Fax: (651) 312-1982


School Based Clinic Hours, Locations and Phone Numbers
School hours vary by school.
Clinics are closed when school is closed for holidays, vacations and conferences.
Summer services are provided at Harding and Gordon Parks.

AGAPE Clinic
1037 University Avenue 55104
Wed, Tues & Thurs 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Central High School Clinic
275 North Lexington Parkway 55104
M-F 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Como Park High School Clinic
740 West Rose Avenue 55117
M-F 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Harding High School Clinic
1540 East 6th Street 55106
M-F 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Highland Park Senior High School Clinic
1015 Snelling Avenue South 55116
M-F 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Humboldt Junior/Senior High School Clinic
30 East Baker Street 55107
M-F 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Johnson High School Clinic
1349 Arcade Street 55106
M-F 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Washington Technology High School
1495 Rice Street 55117
MWTHF (closed Tues) 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Gordon Parks clinic is open to the public for any patient aged 12-21
1212 University Avenue 55104
Tues and Wed 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Thurs 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Bus Routes

Populations served are primarily students attending schools in which clinics are located.

Accepted insurance providers

Most insurance plans are accepted including Medical Assistance, Medicare, MinnesotaCare, HealthPartners, UCare, BlueCrossBlueShield/BluePlus, Medica Choice, Metropolitan Health Plan, PreferredOne and other private insurance.

Languages Spoken

Languages spoken vary by school site.
Interpreters are provided as needed.






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