This article originally appeared in the spring 2017 issue of the Journal.
Spring Arbor University’s School of Human Services is honored to announce its partnership with Concord Community Schools and residents of Concord, Michigan, in the opening of the brand-new Concord Schools Linked Health Center. The clinic has been formed in response to a shortage of medical care available to children on the west side of Jackson County.
For children and young adults up to the age of 21, the center provides wellness checkups, illness care, sports physicals and support for other medical needs. For all residents of western Jackson County, the clinic offers mental health services such as individual and group sessions for bullying, eating disorders, blended families, smoking addictions, healthy lifestyles and more.
Spring Arbor University students earning their master’s degrees will complete supervised clinicals at the center. This arrangement will aid in the conservation of funds, while also providing practical field experience for the students. The SAU programs involved include the Master of Arts in Counseling program, the Master of Social Work program and the Master of Science in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program.
“The partnership with the Concord Health Clinic is a great opportunity for SAU students to get real-world experience while also providing services for the local community,” says Tammy Dindoffer, dean of the School of Human Services.
The opening of the center was made possible by two grants, but fundraisers will be needed to support programming, expand hours and demonstrate to funders the community’s support.