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Filling the Gaps in Adolescent Care and School Health Policy-Tackling Health Disparities through Sports Medicine Integration

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College for Public Health and Social Justice Department of Health Management and Policy, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO 63104, USA
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Doisy College of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO 63104, USA
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Healthcare 2018, 6(4), 132; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare6040132
Received: 17 September 2018 / Revised: 6 November 2018 / Accepted: 10 November 2018 / Published: 13 November 2018
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Abstract

The School-Based Health Centre (SBHC) model of healthcare delivery in community health is designed to address the unique needs of adolescents. Through a collaborative interprofessional approach, they aim to provide comprehensive care with the goal of reducing health disparities in underserved, at-risk adolescents. Integration of sports medicine health professionals is a novel approach to increasing available services, as well as patient utilization, while addressing multiple public health issues, including lack of athletic training services for youth athletes. View Full-Text
Keywords: School-Based Health Centres; adolescent healthcare; health disparities; sports medicine; Athletic Training; community health; social determinants School-Based Health Centres; adolescent healthcare; health disparities; sports medicine; Athletic Training; community health; social determinants
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Noel-London, K.; Breitbach, A.; Belue, R. Filling the Gaps in Adolescent Care and School Health Policy-Tackling Health Disparities through Sports Medicine Integration. Healthcare 2018, 6, 132.

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