Community-Based Practices – Essential Health Care for West Side Adolescents

Community-Based Practices – Essential Health Care for Adolescents

Rush University Medical Center School-Based Health Centers and the Adolescent Family Center provide primary, sexual, reproductive health care and mental health support services for West Side youth.

Rush University Medical Center School-Based Health Centers and the Adolescent Family Center provide primary, sexual, reproductive health care and mental health support services for West Side youth.

Community-Based Practices Providing West Side Youth Accessible, Affirming Care

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The Rush Community-Based Practices comprises the three School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) located inside of public schools on Chicago's West Side and the Adolescent Family Center (AFC), a health center for young people on the Medical Center campus. These four clinics increase access to vital preventive, primary and mental health services that keep young people healthy and on track for successful adulthood. 

Rush School-Based Health Centers

For over 20 years, Rush University Medical Center has provided vital and necessary health care services through school-based health centers in Chicago public schools located in underserved neighborhoods. Nurse practitioners (NPs), licensed clinical social workers, registered nurses and physicians from the Medical Center provide a full range of clinic services, including physicals and immunizations, primary care, treatment of injuries and mental health services.

Our practices aim to keep youth physically and mentally healthy, on track academically and positioned for successful transition to leading healthy, productive adult lives. With immunization rates improving, emergency room visits decreasing, the delivery of healthier babies, increased graduation rates and the implementation of healthy behaviors that help prevent chronic diseases, SBHCs are making, and continue to make, a real difference. 

Rush currently operates three SBHCs:

The School-Based Health Centers offer the following services:

  • Management of chronic health conditions
  • Mental health therapy
  • Office and telehealth visits available
  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication management
  • Referrals and resource management
  • Sexual and reproductive health services (testing, counseling, birth control)
  • School physicals and immunizations

The Rush SBHCs consider parental involvement vital. Every student is encouraged to involve parents or guardians in their health care decisions. However, under Illinois law, individuals age 12 to 18 can consent to receive confidential sexual, reproductive and some mental health services. Minor consent forms available in both English and Spanish.

Parent or guardian consent is required in order for persons under the age of 18 to receive medical services. Parental/guardian consent forms, available in both English and Spanish.

Rush Health Center at Simpson Academy

The Rush Health Center at Simpson Academy serves both the students at Simpson, their children and students from other Chicago schools. Our goal is to provide patients with quality, accessible health care in a private and nonjudgmental environment.

Location

1321 S. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Entrance located just left of main school door. Free parking available behind school for patients.

Public transportation: Near Pink Line (Polk stop), #9 Ashland bus, (13th and Hastings)

Hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Contact

Phone: (773) 534-7202

Meet the team

Katie Dato
Family Nurse Practitioner

Janel Draxler
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Kateri Evans
RN Program Coordinator
Lorena Ornelas
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Mia Risper
CMA
 

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Rush Health Center at Orr Academy High School/KIPP One

The Rush Health Center at Orr Academy High School/KIPP One is located onsite and provides students convenient access to quality health care, health promotion and education. Our clinic staff collaborates with students and families to promote overall health and well-being that supports students' success in the classroom and beyond.

Location

730 Pulaski Ave. 
Room 109
Chicago, IL 60624

Hours

Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact

Phone: (773) 534-8924

Meet the team

Erin O’Donohue
Family Nurse Practitioner

Janel Draxler
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Kateri Evans
RN Program Coordinator
Kate Harbert
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Vanessa Lazaro
Clinical Coordinator
Olga Corona
Certified Medical Assistant

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Rush Health Center at Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School

The Rush Health Center at Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School is located onsite and provides students convenient access to quality health care, health promotion and education. Our clinic staff collaborates with students and families to promote overall health and well-being that supports students' success in the classroom and beyond.

Location

2245 W. Jackson Blvd.
Room 110
Chicago, IL 60612

Hours

Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Contact

Phone: (773) 534-7582

Meet the team

Leah Siegel
Family Nurse Practitioner

Janel Draxler
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Kateri Evans
RN Program Coordinator
Chastity Saucer
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Daisy Roman
Clinic Coordinator
 

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Adolescent Family Center

The Rush Adolescent Family Center offers private and confidential sexual and reproductive care as well as mental health services to people ages 12 to 25, regardless of income or ability to pay. A comprehensive list of services appears below.

Services provided

  • Birth control services including implants, IUDs, injections, pills, patches and the ring
  • Care for LGBTQ+ young people 
  • Emergency contraception
  • Mental health assessments and counseling
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Prenatal care
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests and treatment
  • Uninsured and Medicaid recipients served; some private insurances accepted

Location

1645 W. Jackson Blvd. 
Suite 315A
Chicago, IL 60612
 

Parking garage across Jackson Boulevard, and we validate for a discounted price of $6
Public transportation: Near Illinois Medical District Blue Line stop, Ashland #9 bus, Jackson #126 bus

Hours

Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Walk-ins - Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. only*

Contact

Please call (312) 942-2777 to make an appointment.

Meet the team

Maria Reyes
Family Nurse Practitioner

Stephen Gillenwater
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Ellen Renfroe
RN Program Coordinator
Laura Swider
Clinic Coordinator
Yanira Ramos
Medical Assistant
 

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Rush SBHCs and the AFC play a vital role in improving the physical and mental health of children and adolescents

Our Community-Based Practices (CBP), which house our SBHCs and AFC is an integral component of the Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement (CHEE) and supports our commitment to improving the quality of life within Rush's diverse neighboring communities. Access to quality health services along with providing innovative wrap-around educational programming and resources, helps keep adolescents physically and mentally healthy. 

Meet the team

Sally Lemke, 
Director, Rush Community-Based Practices

Marissa Gonzalez
RN Clinical Manager

Heather Beck
Program Coordinator