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Published on August 19th, 2020 | by TLV News


Primary Care Clinic Opens in the Oxford School District

In partnership with North Mississippi Primary Health Clinics (NMPHC), the Oxford School District is providing Charger Health and Wellness a school-based health clinic dedicated to the students and staff of Oxford School District located at 399 5th Street (the former Oxford Learning Center). 

In 2019, the district began making arrangements for a school-based health clinic to serve its students and staff members. School-based health clinics are a powerful tool for school districts around the country to meet the unique needs of vulnerable populations facing significant barriers to healthcare. School nurses are able to refer students for treatment that is outside their scope of practice on campus. Referrals are not required. Most importantly, the clinic is equipped with two Abbott ID Now technology for COVID-19 rapid testing that reveals results in 15 minutes or less. 

NMPHC is a private-nonprofit Community Health Center organization with eight clinics and a mobile unit in north Mississippi – including their Oxford clinic at 2716 West Oxford Loop, Suite 171. Services will be offered in a mobile unit adjacent to the former Oxford Learning Center while the building is remodeled for the permanent health center.  NMPHC staff will initially provide medical care, expanding to dental, mental health, and social services later in the school year.  

Primary and preventative services will include: 

• Well Child Visits 
• Immunizations 
• Chronic Disease Management 
• Nutrition Counseling 
• Acute Care 
• Substance Abuse Screening  

The clinic will be open from 7:30 am- 4:00 pm each weekday. Primary care services will be provided at this location to students and employees regardless of their ability to pay. Students and staff will not face any out-of-pocket charges for care, only what insurance covers. With parental consent, the district can provide transportation to the clinic if the parent is unable to do so.

This is simply a resource available to OSD families, not a requirement for care. 

About the clinic:

When is CHW open and what are the hours? Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am–4:00 pm (open during lunch periods).An on-call provider is available when CHW is closed (e.g., from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. on weekdays, weekends and holidays) and facilitates emergency room referrals of students as needed. 

Who can receive services at CHW? Any student currently enrolled at Oxford School District, faculty, and staff. After graduation, seniors can use the health center through the first week of August; after that, CHW staff will assist students with transitioning to another health care provider.  

Can I still go to my normal doctor’s office? Yes. CHW can either supplement existing services received from a student’s primary health care provider or serve as a student’s regular health provider. CHW offers the convenience of a doctor’s visit without missing an entire day of school or requiring a parent to miss work. CHW staff communicates with your regular doctor to keep them informed.   

Is it true that students don’t pay? YES! Students DO NOT directly pay for services. Instead, if a student is insured, the insurance may be billed where applicable. We do not send bills or letters home for services. A case manager is able to help students apply for insurance if they lack it. 

What if there’s an emergency? If a student needs to be seen at CHW for an unlikely emergency situation, enrollment will be done by CHW staff where applicable. Parents/Guardians will be contacted for verbal approval in case of an emergency.

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