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Thomas Edison School Based Clinic

In addition to the school nurse, Thomas Edison has a school based clinic staffed by professionals from the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support. Students may use the clinic for physical examinations, immunizations, acute or chronic illness, information about sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, legal advice, nutrition and weight counseling, pregnancy prevention and diagnosis, or any other medical concern. Social work services are available for personal or family problems and for resource information. Written parent permission is necessary for students, except when there is a confidential issue, to use the clinic. Staff referrals are welcomed.

Fees and Parental Consent:
Students and parents will not be charged for services received in school based clinics. Insurance companies, HMOs, and medical assistance are billed when possible. Partial payment from insurance is accepted as payment in full.

Clinic Consent Form:
Students must have a clinic consent form on file at the clinic. If you do not, please stop in and pick one up. Minnesota law requires a parent or guardian signature for all students under 18 years old. Exceptions include:

  • Minors living independently
  • Services related to pregnancy
  • Pregnancy prevention
  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Alcohol or other chemical abuse
  • Medical/mental health emergencies
Available Services:
Health Assessment/Physical Exams:
  • Routine physicals and health screening
  • Sports and annual physicals
  • Blood pressure screening
Diagnosis and Treatment of Minor Injury/Illness:
  • Flu and Colds
  • Sore Throats
  • Earaches
  • Sprains and Cuts
  • Rashes
Nutrition Counseling:
  • Weight Management
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Anemia, High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Eating Disorders
Laboratory Services/Screening:
  • Pap Smear
  • Routine Blood Test
  • Urine Test
  • Throat Cultures
Wellness Promotion:
  • Immunizations (measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, meningococcal and HPV)
  • Smoking Prevention
  • STI/STD Prevention Education
  • Safety Presentations
  • Classroom Presentations
  • Varnishing dental services
Reproductive Health:
  • Abstinence Counseling
  • Contraceptive Counseling
  • Prescription and Medical Referrals
  • Examinations
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections-education, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Cancer Screening and Education
  • Pregnancy Services-pregnancy testing, referrals for prenatal care
Social Work and Counseling:
  • Counseling for stress due to school, work, or personal/family or relationship issues
  • Suicide Prevention and counseling for depression
  • Help with shelter, food, and clothing
  • Help to obtain Medical Insurance
  • Long term counseling referral
  • Post graduation and college planning

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school based clinic nurse.

Sharron Berkley, RN
612-668-1321