At the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools, we believe that healthy children of all ages make better students. When they feel good, they can better focus on learning.
Our MissionTo provide school-based health programs and clinical services that improve the well-being of students, their families, and communities.
Our VisionYouth will receive high quality physical, behavioral, and preventive healthcare:
- in an easily accessible, supportive, and youth-centered environment, and li>
- employing professional staff who are responsive to the needs of a diverse population.
Insurance & FeesRAHS health services are intended for youth 21 years of age and younger. You do not need to be a registered student at these schools to receive services. We accept insured and uninsured patients, regardless of ability to pay.
Our HistoryIn 1992, the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Ann Arbor Youth Services Task Force combined efforts to develop a school-based health center in order to better meet the needs of students and their families in the Ann Arbor area. In 1996, the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) and St. Joseph Mercy Health System collaborated on an expansion of the program, and in 1998, the program added the Ypsilanti Public Schools. In 2000, the program became the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools (RAHS), and in 2003, when there was a shortage of funding there was a restructuring that took place. Some elementary school health center facilities closed, and others opened at additional middle and high schools in the Willow Run School district, Ypsilanti School District and Ann Arbor School District. In 2012, the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools expanded to include the Lincoln Consolidated Schools, and in 2016, expanded again, opening school-based health centers in the Flint area in Genesee County, Michigan. In 2014, RAHS partnered with Kellogg Eye Center to open an Eye center in the RAHS Ypsilanti High health center location. 2018, RAHS expanded services to include Mobile Dental and Vision services in partnership with the Mott Children’s Health Center and the Kellogg Eye Center. In 2019, RAHS introduced a Behavioral Health expansion that included three new RAHS Behavior Health Hub Health Centers at Armstrong Middle in Flint, Bishop Elementary in Ypsilanti, and Pioneer High in Ann Arbor. In 2023, RAHS expanded the Dailey Elementary and Beecher High school-based health centers into fully comprehensive health centers. RAHS also expanded into Jackson County by partnering with Springport Public Schools to open a new school-based health center to provide health services to Springport students and their families.
Today, University of Michigan Health-Michigan Medicine, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Michigan Department of Education, working with the Washtenaw County Health Department, the Genesee County Health Department, the Jackson County Health Department, and other healthcare providers, fund and operate the seventeen school-based health centers and the Mobile Unit that comprise the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools.
The RAHS school-based health centers are located at Pathways to Success Academic Campus, Beecher High School, Carman-Ainsworth High School, Dailey Elementary, Kearsley High School, Armstrong Middle School, International Academy of Flint, Lincoln High School, Lincoln Middle School, Brick Elementary, Pioneer High School, Richfield Public School Academy, Richfield Early Learning Center, Scarlett Middle School, Ypsilanti Community High School, and Ypsilanti Community Middle School. These centers serve as a “health home base” for students and their families during the school day.