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Community Practices – School Health and Adolescents

COVID-19 Updates

For Our SBHC Patients, Families And Partners

The Rush School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are currently closed due to the closure of all Illinois schools and will remain closed until Chicago Public Schools allow students to return to the buildings. Please note that any SBHC student can be seen in our Adolescent Family Center. See below for hours.

Symptoms of anxiety, isolation and disappointment are normal in adolescence; however, the outbreak of COVID-19 has only heightened those emotions. Positive coping skills such as hanging out with friends and participating in extracurricular activities are no longer available and may lead to further isolation and tensions at home. Please know that Rush SBHC is here for you and your family.

Please call the Rush Adolescent Family Clinic at (312) 942-2777 to be connected with a social worker for further help. When you call, you will be placed on a schedule where a social worker will call you back from a blocked or unknown telephone number. Our social workers can provide brief, supportive phone therapy and other case management options as needed.

While we are unable to provide in-person care to our SBHC patients, we would like to provide you with direction on how to access health care services during this time as well as resources to help keep you and your families safe and healthy.

If you are sick, please call your primary care doctor or any of the following organizations:

  • Rush University Medical Center: (888) 352-7874
  • Chicago Department of Public Health: (312) 746-7425
  • Illinois Department of Public Health: (800) 889-3931

CPS students or famililes who do not have a primary care provider, please call the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness at (773) 553-5437.

Pregnant SBHC patients, please contact your obstetrics provider or call Rush Labor and Delivery at (312) 947-0050.

SBHC patients in need of urgent reproductive health services such as emergency contraceptive pills, please call (312) 942-2777.

For additional, up-to-date information about the coronavirus, please visit the Rush Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information and Resources page.

For community resources information, visit our Rush COVID-19 Community Resources page.

For questions about the Rush SBHCs, please email Kateri Evans, RN Program Coordinator at kateri_a_evans@rush.edu.

For Our Adolescent Family Center Patients

Due to the Rush University Medical Center COVID-19 response, the Adolescent Family Center has changed its hours of operation. We are currently scheduling patients for essential visits only, including pregnancy-related visits, emergency contraception and urgent care visits that need attention prior to mid-April. Walk-in hours that normally occur between 8:30 am and 9:30 am are currently cancelled.

Our front desk remains staffed five days a week. Patients may still call (312) 942-2777 to talk to one of our AFC staff or schedule an appointment.

Updated hours appear below:

Patient care hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 am  ̵  1:30 pm

 

Adolescent Family Center School-Based Health Centers
     * Simpson Academy
     * Orr High School
     * Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School


Adolescent Family Center

The Rush Adolescent Family Center provides private and confidential gynecological care, family-planning medical and educational services along with community outreach education to low-income Chicago area teens and young adults, ages 12 to 25, regardless of income or ability to pay. A comprehensive list of services appears below.

Services provided

  • Full birth control services incliding implant, IUDs, injection, pills, patches, ring
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy tests 
  • Prenatal care
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests and treatment
  • Care for LGBTQ+ young people

Location

1645 W Jackson Blvd, Suite 315A
Chicago, IL 60612
(Parking across street and near Illinois Medical District Blue Line stop)

Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Walk-ins: M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. only

Contact

Please call (312) 942 2777 or walk in to make an appointment!

Meet the team

Sally Lemke
Director, School-Based Health Centers and Adolescent Family Center
Maria Reyes
Family Nurse Practitioner
Stephen Gillenwater
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Ellen Renfroe
RN Program Coordinator
Laura Swider
Clinic Coordinator
Marie Bryan
Senior Business Manager
Yanira Ramos
Medical Assistant
 

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Health centers

For more than 30 years, Rush has provided health care through school-based health centers in Chicago public schools located in underserved neighborhoods. Our School-Based Health Centers are located at Orr Academy High School, Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School and Simpson Academy High School for Young Women (a school for girls in grades 6 through 12 who are pregnant, parenting or both).

Advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, physicians and students from Rush provide a full range of clinic services, including physicals and immunizations, primary care, treatment of injuries and mental health services. SBHCs make a real difference: Students at these schools have improved their immunization rates, decreased emergency-room visits, delivered more healthy babies, learned about healthy behaviors that help prevent chronic diseases and improved their graduation rates.

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Rush Health Center at Simpson Academy

The Rush Health Center at Simpson Academy serves both the students at Simpson and outside community members. Our goal is to provide our patients with quality, accessible health care in a private and non-judgmental environment.

Services provided

Birth control, emergency contraception, prenatal care, STI/HIV testing, pregnancy testing, reproductive health education and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. All services are confidential, and teenagers (starting at age 12) do not need parent/guardian permission for reproductive/sexual health services.

Location

1321 S. Paulina
Chicago, IL 60608

Hours

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

Contact

Phone: (773) 534-7202

Meet the team

Katie Dato
Family Nurse Practitioner
Mia Risper
CMA
Kateri Evans
Outreach Nurse
Lorena Ornelas
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Janel Draxler
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
 

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Rush Health Center at Orr High School

The Rush Health Center at Orr High School is located on premises and provides students convenient access to quality health care, health promotion and education. Clinic staff (nurse practitioners, medical assistants, RNs, physicians and Rush’s multi-disciplinary students) collaborate with students and families to promote overall health and well-being that supports students’ success in the classroom and beyond.

Services provided

  • Acute care (colds, headaches, abdominal pain, cramps)
  • School physicals and immunizations
  • Sports physicals
  • Mental health services
  • Reproductive health services (testing, counseling, contraception)

Appointment expectations

  • Students are able to schedule appointments and will be given a slip with the date and time. A reminder is also sent through the office.
  • Walk-in visits are available.
  • A student always needs to present a pass from a teacher or the office upon arrival in the clinic. If the student is not able to give a pass, he or she will be sent back to obtain a pass.
  • After the completion of a visit, every student seen in the health center is given a pass back to class

Scheduling and preparing for your appointments

1. Contact us at (773) 534-8924 to schedule your appointment. (If no answer, please leave a message with your call-back number. We will be checking voice messages daily.)

2. Complete all paperwork* including the following:

  • Rush Consent Form
  • Health History Section of the school and/or sports physical form
  • Parent/Guardian signature on all forms-if patient is under 18

*All paperwork must be completed prior to your appointment. Patients with incomplete paperwork will be rescheduled.

3. Bring your insurance card and all completed paper work.
4. Arrive to your appointment 15 minutes early to complete the registration process.

Please note: Clinic hours of operation are based on Chicago Public Schools calendar and will be closed on CPS non-attendance days.

Location

730 Pulaski Ave, Room 109
Chicago, IL 60624

Hours

Monday, Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Contact

Phone : (773) 534-8924

Meet the team

Erin O’Donohue
Family Nurse Practitioner
Olga Corona
Certified Medical Assistant
Vanessa Lazaro
Clinical Coordinator
Kate Harbert
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Kateri Evans
Outreach Nurse
 
Janel Draxler
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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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 on premises and provides students convenient access to quality health care, health promotion and education. Clinic staff (nurse practitioners, medical assistants, RNs, physicians and Rush’s multi-disciplinary students) collaborate with students and families to promote overall health and well-being that supports students’ success in the classroom and beyond.

Services provided

  • Acute care (colds, headaches, abdominal pain, cramps)
  • School physicals and immunizations
  • Sports physicals
  • Mental health services
  • Reproductive health services (testing, counseling, contraception)

Appointment expectations

  • Students are able to schedule appointments and will be given a slip with the date and time. A reminder is also sent through the office.
  • Walk-in visits are available.
  • A student always needs to present a pass from a teacher or the office upon arrival in the clinic. If the student is not able to give a pass, he or she will be sent back to obtain a pass.
  • After the completion of a visit, every student seen in the health center is given a pass back to class.

Scheduling and preparing for your appointments

1. Contact us at (773) 534-7582 to schedule your appointment. (If no answer, please leave a message with your call back number. We will be checking voice messages daily.)

2. Complete all paperwork* including the following:

  • Rush consent form
  • Health history section of the school and/or sports physical form
  • Parent/guardian signature on all forms if patient is under 18

*All paperwork must be completed prior to your appointment. Patients with incomplete paperwork will be rescheduled.

3. Bring your insurance card and all completed paper work
4. Arrive to your appointment 15 minutes early to complete the registration process

Please note: Clinic hours of operation are based on Chicago Public Schools calendar and will be closed on CPS non-attendance days.

Location

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

Hours

Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Contact

Phone : (773) 5347582

Meet the team

Leah Siegel
Family Nurse Practitioner
Daisy Roman
Clinic Coordinator
Chastity Saucer
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Kateri Evans
Outreach Nurse
Janel Draxler
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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