Emily Segal Named SBHC Provider of the Year
Emily Segal, a Senior Social Worker and Clinical Supervisor at Family Centers’ School Based Health Center in Stamford High School, was recently named Provider of the Year by the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers (CASBHC).
The award recognizes excellence in care and dedication to ensuring that school-aged children have access to medical, dental and mental health services. Segal will be honored at CASBHC’s Annual Conference in Southbury, Conn. on May 4.
For the past 17 years, Segal has helped countless Stamford High School students cope with a variety of emotional and mental health challenges. Her compassionate, non-judgmental manner has resonated with students to the point they often discuss their troubles with her before approaching parents or friends. And since she strongly believes that education reduces the likelihood that kids make unhealthy decisions, Segal has organized several prevention activities over the years open to all students at the school.
To help kids manage the stressors of adolescence and give them the best chance to overcome obstacles, Segal has created a number of discussion and support groups to give kids a forum where they can voice their concerns. With the help of several students, she also formed Stamford High’s first Gay/Straight Alliance to bring a greater sense of tolerance and support around teens struggling with their sexual identities.
Family Centers operates six School Based Health Centers throughout Stamford Public Schools. Available to all students enrolled in a public school in which a clinic is located, all SBHC’s are staffed by nurse practitioners, social workers and dental professionals to provide medical assessments, physicals, mental health counseling, dental care and other services Stamford students. Services are offered regardless of a family’s income or health insurance status.
The Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers, Inc. (CASBHC) is the single formalized, nonprofit entity that represents School Based Health Centers in the state, and gives voice to the children and adolescents who benefit from the comprehensive medical, mental health, and oral health care services provided in their School Based Health Centers. CASBHC’s vision is that all children and adolescents are healthy and achieving at their fullest potential. For more information, visit www.ctschoolhealth.org or call 203-230-9976.
Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 200 professionals and 2,500 trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. A United Way, Community Fund of Darien and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation partner agency, Family Centers is a member of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Departments of Public Health and Children and Families. Visit www.familycenters.org for additional information. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.