District 49 unveiled El Paso County’s second school-based health center Aug. 16, 2012, during an open house event. Peak Vista Community Health Centers of Colorado Springs earned a competitive federal grant last year to partner with three local schools, allowing it to help students get treated for acute illnesses, such as flu, and chronic conditions, including asthma, allergies and diabetes. The center accepted its first patient Aug. 7, while initially offering its services Tuesdays and Fridays.
The staff ensures each child's well-being is safeguarded by attending to their physical and psychological needs as he or she grows from childhood into adolescence. In addition to caring for illnesses and injuries and chronic health issues, they provide preventative physical exams and immunizations and employ a part-time behavioral health specialist. The health center's outreach specialist works with patients to provide screening and application processing for Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus and Colorado Indigent Care Program. Many children in District 49 qualify for one of these programs.