School Based Health Care Advocates Awarded Statewide Recognition

David_L._JonesDavid Jones was recently selected as School Superintendent of the Year by the North Carolina School Community Health Alliance. He accepted the award on December 4th, at the Annual Conference of the Alliance in Raleigh, North Carolina. The local organization responsible for school-based health centers in Henderson County, Blue Ridge Community Health Services nominated Mr. Jones and he was selected as someone who has shown extraordinary support to the four school-based health centers in his school district: Apple Valley Middle, Bruce Drysdale Elementary, Hillandale Elementary and North Henderson High. He was noted as being concerned not only for the education curriculum, but for the well-being of the whole student.

The Superintendent believes that school-based health centers keep kids healthy, in the classroom, and more successful learners. He demonstrates that by stressing the importance of health and the school health centers to parents, visitors to the school, staff, and school board. He is an advocate for school health centers, not just internally in his home district, but across the community. (Include a quote from him/her here, if you have one.) 

Blue Ridge Community Health Services has been serving Hendersonville and the surrounding communities for nearly 50 years in an effort to provide high quality and affordable medical, dental and mental health care as well as promote health awareness/education. If you would like more information about BRCHS, call 692-4289 ext. 2509; write to BRCHS at P. O. Box 5151, Hendersonville, NC  28793; or online at or

The North Carolina School Community Health Alliance is the statewide organization supporting the work of school health centers and providing assistance to those communities interested in creating centers. School health centers are partnerships created by schools and community health organizations to provide medical and behavioral health services promoting the health and educational success of youth. The 55 school health centers in 25 North Carolina counties are considered one of the most effective strategies for delivering preventive care to children and adolescents.

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