To the Editor:
Regarding the proposed school based health clinic (SBHC) at Enterprise Schools, I never expected that this would be seen as a subversion of parental rights around their children and their health.
Through my medical practice and community involvement of 13 years, I know there are children in our community that we are not reaching. I have worked with the Center for Wellness, Building Healthy Families, and the Alternative High School and I have seen children struggling at home, and both in and outside of school. I am hopeful that this health-care opportunity will be a new avenue for improving their chances of success.
I understand that there will always be concerns and fear of the unknown. I respect thoughtful discussion and expect that the diversity of ideas now being expressed will shape a viable solution that will work for all involved.
Mitchell and Fossil have implemented SBHCs and most residents feel that these have substantially enhanced the level of care in their communities, especially regarding underserved children.
The Enterprise school based health clinic is a chance to improve our community and the health and well-being of our children without detriment to the health or rights of other families. I feel that we, as a community, cannot afford to fail them when we have the opportunity to make such a real difference in their lives.
“If it is true that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, isn’t it also true a society is only as healthy as its sickest citizen and only as wealthy as its most deprived?” — Maya Angelou
“Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members — the last, the least, the littlest.” — Cardinal Roger Mahony