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Southern High School Wellness Center

A Place for Good Health


School-based health clinics, or wellness centers, operated by Duke Community Health are located in four Durham Public Schools:

George Watts Elementary
Glenn Elementary
E K Powe Elementary
Southern High School

The goals of the wellness centers are to:

  • Increase student access to primary care
  • Respond to immediate health needs
  • Preempt adverse health and educational outcomes, including student absences from school, unnecessary use of the emergency department, missed parental work hours and inadequate care. School-based clinics provide urgent as well as ongoing care for chronic conditions. They also offer a relationship that children often lack a continuing relationship with a health care provider.

The wellness centers give children access to affordable medical and mental health services during convenient school hours. For students who suffer from chronic illnesses, managing their care and learning self-care skills can make an important difference in their overall health and quality of life.

Any student enrolled in the school can receive services at the school-based clinic regardless of ability to pay. For students who have a primary care provider, the school clinic will coordinate care. The clinic at Southern High School is open full days. Twenty-four hour backup medical coverage is in place to serve enrollees when clinics are closed during school vacations, weekends, and school holidays.

Services include:

  • Screening and exams for pre-kindergarten, sports and camp physicals and pre-employment exams
  • Medical care for chronic health problems, such as asthma or diabetes
  • Diagnosis of acute illnesses such as colds, fevers and rashes
  • Screening exams to check vision and hearing
  • Nutrition counseling
  • On-site counseling to evaluate and treat emotional health needs with referrals to clinic-based or community providers if needed
  • 24-hour backup coverage for evenings, weekends and school holidays (Duke Family Medicine serves Southern High School)
  • Referrals to specialists for injuries or illnesses that require additional consultation

Convenient, easy steps to begin services

Students receive care at a wellness center once their parent or guardian completes registration, parental consent, medical history and insurance forms.

Once enrolled, a student can be seen any time the center is open, without an appointment. The wellness center will file any insurance claims for students whose families have insurance. If families do not have insurance, the wellness center may charge a fee based on ability to pay. Staff can assist parents/guardians in completing forms for free/reduced care.

A dedicated staff that understands health and young people

Wellness centers are staffed by a physician assistant, nursing assistant, supervising physician and office manager. While most care can be handled in the clinic, staff can also arrange appointments with outside medical specialists as needed.

Parents or guardians are encouraged to visit the center.



  • Durham Public Schools: E K Powe Elementary, George Watts Elementary, Glenn Elementary
  • Center for Child & Family Health
  • Duke Children's Behavioral Health
  • Triangle Family Practice
  • Duke Department of Community & Family Medicine
  • Division of Community Health
  • Duke Health Care System

For More Information:

With questions or for an enrollment packet, please call 919-560-2536, or email

The Wellness Center at Southern High School is located in room 241, on the second floor. The center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.  Call the clinic for Summer hours.

Southern High School Wellness Center
800 Clayton Road
Durham, NC 27703