Flip No. 44

Reimagining schools as health care hubs

Improving community health by adding clinical care to education spaces.

By Austin Lab Team

Developed at Flip the Clinic Lab: Austin

Children need a lot of medical care and a lot of health education as they grow up. For dealing with everything from lice to upper respiratory infections to behavioral issues, an active clinic on school grounds would make care more available to students and parents as issues arise. Joining schools and clinics together would provide opportunities for earlier health interventions and demonstrate a greater investment in preventative health. School clinics could serve as a hub for home visits and a connection point for sports care, vaccination programs, and telemedicine. With better, more continuous access to medical care, the health of students is expected to improve—along with the health of the greater community.