While student health is linked to educational success, as many as 60 per cent of youth do not contact a health care provider when worried about a health issue. Young people avoid going to a doctor for many reasons, including fear of social stigma, worry about bumping into someone they know, or lack of transportation.
Recognizing the challenges faced by students around the province in accessing primary care, four divisions of family practice have partnered with local health care stakeholders (often through Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Local Action Teams), school administrators, and students to create accessible clinics in local high schools.
This team-based approach to care, incorporating family doctors, public health nurses, social workers, school staff, and family support workers is helping students better manage and prevent physical and mental health issues, and improve overall health outcomes for youth.
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