Faubion School students will have primary health care and dental services in the coming school year when Kaiser Permanente opens a wellness center at the rebuilt school at 3039 N.E. Rosa Parks Way. Kaiser joins the 3 to PhD program developed at Faubion with Concordia University’s College of Education, which is across Northeast 29th Avenue from the pre-K through eighth-grade school.
The 3 to PhD program is shorthand for quality early education and helping students to Pursue Highest Dreams.
For about a decade, students from the private university have been completing student teaching requirements in the public school or volunteering to assist in reading, math or science classes.
Trillium Family Services will continue providing mental and behavioral health services at Faubion, as it has in recent years. Kaiser Permanente’s services will include dental checkups, physical exams, screenings, immunizations and an onsite laboratory for Faubion and Concordia students.
The wellness center was planned as part of Faubion’s new three-story building, which also will include eight classrooms for Concordia’s College of Education, an early childhood education center, and hands-on facilities for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education.
The special planning is for the “wrap around” services that educators say are needed to help students perform well in school.
“Prevention and early intervention are critical in achieving total health – mind, body and spirit,” said Imelda Dacones, M.D., CEO and president of Northwest Permanente. “3 to PhD takes prevention to an unprecedented level by wrapping services – medical, dental, social and behavioral – around children and their families to address more holistically the factors that influence their health and well being.”
The new $48.8 million building replaces a 1950s structure. The school district’s share of the cost is $33.3 million and Concordia’s is $15.5 million. The district funding is part of a $482 million school bond approved by voters in 2012.