Baseball Hall of Famer and former Yankee closer Mariano Rivera and council member Ydanis Rodriguez paid a visit to NewYork-Presbyterian’s school-based health center at the George Washington Educational Complex uptown in Washington Heights on Wednesday.
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Leaders of the school-based clinic welcomed the opportunity to raise awareness about the diverse array of health services the center offers. They encouraged students to visit the center for annual physicals, reproductive healthcare, first aid, mental healthcare, and vaccinations, and to learn about healthy eating.
“Being able to provide services within the school setting is extremely important because engaging adolescents in their healthcare at an early age sets them up for success for their future health and well-being,” said Davina Prabhu, vice president of the Ambulatory Care Network in the Division of Community and Population Health at NewYork-Presbyterian.
The health center, run by NewYork-Presbyterian at the George Washington Educational Complex, is one of seven school-based health centers and 10 school-based mental health clinics the hospital operates, serving approximately 14,000 kids in New York City. All the healthcare services are available free of charge to the students.
Photo credit: 1) Ydanis Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, and others at NewYork-Presbyterian. 2) Mariano Rivera, administrators, and students at NewYork-Presbyterian. By NewYork-Presbyterian’s Health Matters.