La Clinica's school clinics earn recognition

La Clinica's six school-based health centers have received the highest level of recognition from a state program that encourages commitment to patient-centered care.

The health centers at Jackson, Jewett, Oak Grove, Phoenix and Washington elementary schools and at Crater High School have been named Tier 3 patient-centered primary care homes by the Oregon Health Authority. The state program emphasizes coordinated care, prevention and cost containment.

La Clinica reported only one other school-based health center in Oregon has achieved the same level of recognition.

"It's great to be recognized in this way," La Clinica Special Programs Director Traci Fossen said in a prepared statement. "When students have access to quality health care at school, that also supports them in attendance and educational success."

Organizations are designated as Tier 1, 2 or 3 facilities based on criteria set by the state. The criteria are related to access to care, accountability, access to comprehensive services, continuity of care and coordination of care across organizations.

Tier 3 requirements include coordination of services with other health care providers, use of electronic medical records, and employment of behavioral health counselors.

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