Thundermist runs school-based health centers (The Health Hut) at Woonsocket High School and in West Warwick, based at Deering Middle School, which also serves the West Warwick High School.
School-based health centers provide primary care services to students in schools, during the school day. All students under 18 must have parental consent to be seen at the school-based health centers. All services are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to the student; if the family has medical insurance the health center bills the insurance company. Services at The Health Hut include: physical exams (including school and sports physicals), immunizations, sick visits, treatment of minor injuries, health education, chronic care management (i.e. asthma, diabetes), and dental services-including examinations and hygiene services.
School-based health centers work closely with school personnel including principals, school nurse teachers, and student support staff. They do not take the place, or do the job of, the school nurse teacher. School-based health centers are helpful to parents because:
- It is often difficult to get time off of work to take a child to the doctor.
- Many families face transportation, language, or financial barriers in traditional health care settings.
Adolescents often do not seek out health care because of embarrassment. Adolescence is an important time to have access to a trusted health provider.