Milwaukie High will host the state conference for the Oregon School Based Health Care Network on the heels of the school successfully completing Oregon’s largest school-based health center.

With Oregon simultaneously addressing both health care reform and education reform, members of the Oregon School Based Health Care Network and the Oregon School Nurses Association will gather to consider these statewide initiatives, and their implications for the equity, health, and academic success of children and youths. The organization’s fall conference will be held Oct. 12 at 11300 S.E. 23rd Ave.

During the conference attendees will explore the importance of collaboration among schools, school nurses and school-based health centers, improving the health and academic success of students across Oregon.

In the afternoon the Oregon Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Rob Saxton, will join the conference.  Saxton was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber in July of 2012 and was formally confirmed by the Oregon Senate on Sept.14. In his role as deputy superintendent, Saxton oversees the education of more than a half-million students in over 1,200 public and charter schools.

Open to students this September, the federally funded 3,000-square-foot health center provides medical, dental and mental health care at no cost to students.

Community leaders, educators and students gathered Sept. 19 for the grand opening of the Milwaukie High School Wellness Center, the first school-based health center in the North Clackamas School District.

“Outside In and Milwaukie High, along with countless community partners and contributors, have worked for more than five years toward the goal of addressing student health issues as a barrier to successful learning,” said Assistant Principal Michael Ralls. “We are thrilled the to see this dream become a reality.”

Contributors and supporters celebrated the success of this five-year effort by touring the facility at Milwaukie High, 11300 S.E. 23rd Ave. Among those speaking included Principal Mark Pinder, Kathy Oliver of Outside In, School Board Chairman Rein Vaga, Medical Director Dr. Wayne Sells and Interim Superintendent Matt Utterback.

Local contributors to the project include the Ann & Bill Swindells Charitable Trust, the Meyer Memorial Trust, A-dec, the North Clackamas Education Foundation, Milwaukie Rotary, and Clackamas County.

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration provided the bulk of funds to construct and operate the health center.

For more information, call Aimee Adelman at 503-813-400.

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