U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark visited the MGH School Based Health Center (SBHC) located at Revere High School April 6 to learn more about the organization’s work. The health center provides sports physicals, immunizations, urgent care visits and health and sexuality counseling for students and others in the community. Clark said she was particularly interested in talking about mental health and substance use issues impacting Revere youth.

“The future of our students is made brighter by the innovative care provided by the health center,” said Clark. “Offering primary care and services that include mental health, substance misuse prevention and sexual health, the center provides care many students would not otherwise receive. I am grateful for the dedication and investment made by MGH as well as their on-site health care providers who are truly making a difference in the health and well-being of our community.”

Leaders from SBHC, MGH Revere Health Center and the school met with Clark and discussed a range of topics – diversity of the students, building trusting relationships with youth and stressors in Revere, including immigration concerns. 

 “Sometimes when we are working day to day, it’s easy to forget that people with influence care about the work we do,” said Debra Jacobson, administrative director of MGH Revere. “The congresswoman’s visit served as a great reminder that what we do matters in the community, and our elected officials are very supportive.”

This article was originally published in the 04/20/18 Hotline issue.