School Based Clinics

The Paediatric School-Based Clinics were established in May of 2007, in response to the ‘Health disparity by Neighbourhood Income” study that was published by the SHR (Dr. Mark Lemstra et al). The clinics are a product of the efforts of the Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine at the U of S, the Catholic and Public school Divisions and The Saskatoon Tribal Council, in consultation with the Core Neighbourhood communities to provide access to comprehensive paediatric care.
Acknowledging that it is the social determinants of health such as income, literacy, and housing that impact people’s health, we provide care to children in core neighbourhoods, embracing the community paediatrics model which shifts away from one child but to ‘all children in the community, within the context of the family and the community’. We adhere to the principals of cultural competency.
The clinic is collaborative; i.e. seeking to work across sectors such as Education, Social Services, Justice, Law Enforcement etc; as well as integrated, i.e. working alongside teachers, councilors, social workers psychologists, ENT, Child Psychiatry.
The clinics are currently based out of St. Mary’s Elementary School (Mon/ Tues/ Wed); as well as W.P. Bate Elementary school on Thursday afternoon. It is staffed by 2 Paediatrcians from the department of paediatrics. Appointments are not mandatory, drop-ins are welcomed. A referral by a Family Physician is not required; patients/families/ teachers, etc may all refer. We work with the family and the community, as well as the schools, to make ourselves and the other health-care professionals whom we may refer our patients to, more accessible, recognizing the many obstacles that people who live in poverty, face.
A huge part of our work is dedicated to advocacy; for the patients and for their families.
– Submitted by Dr. Maryam Mehtar

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