Booker T. Washington Student Care Center

Students at Norfolk's Booker T. Washington High School are the first beneficiaries of a cutting-edge partnership to bring comprehensive medical services to a Student Care Center housed at the school.

The Student Care Center is funded by Optima Health, in partnership with Norfolk Public Schools, the City of Norfolk, United for Children, United Way of South Hampton Roads and Eastern Virginia Medical School. United for Children, a public-private partnership aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty by driving educational success for children, saw an opportunity to bring medical services to Booker T. Washington High School, to support students in their efforts to graduate on time. 

The center is the first of its kind in Hampton Roads, designed to offer the comprehensive services of a family physician’s office in a clinical space inside the school.

EVMS physicians, nurse practitioners and medical assistants staff the center.

“It is wonderful to see a model of what happens when people and our core community organizations come together around the needs of children,” says Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, MD (MD ’84). “We know we best address critical needs by working together, especially on those problems or issues that no one organization can solve or address on its own.”

The joint venture was also recognized as one of the region’s Health Care Heroes by Inside Business.

Read more about the student care center in the EVMS Magazine.