Meet Laura

Laura has been a nurse practitioner at The Health Center at Lincoln since its doors opened. In her words: “It is inspiring to work with such a great, committed staff, both at The Health Center and at Lincoln High School. My role is providing primary care to students at Lincoln High School, addressing their health concerns, working to keep kids in school as well as help them find the care they need in the community. Many of these students have not […]

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Meet Lisa

Meet one of our newest additions to the Health Centers at Lincoln and Blue Ridge, Dr. Lisa Ponce: “I’m a pediatrician with great passion for children, teens, and families. I believe in the importance of social and environmental influences on good health. I have extensive experience in obesity prevention and asthma education, and am currently developing a focus on behavioral pediatrics. I am delighted to have discovered The Health Center, whose commitment to respect, service, and access exemplify the best of […]

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JOB POSTING: MA-C & Care Coordinator

Medical Assistant/Care Coordinator Job Posting Medical Assistant/Care Coordinator for The Health Center at Lincoln. The Health Center operates two school based health centers during the school year providing free medical and mental health integrated services to enrolled students. This is an opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team to create change in an at risk population in Walla Walla. Current Washington MA-Certification license required. Community health experience is preferred. This position will allow the opportunity to provide direct medical care […]

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Upcoming Events

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As part of serving for AmeriCorps, our two members, Tessa and Jenna have to write “Great Stories” from time to time. Here is the most recent one about the Healthy Hearts program at Blue Ridge Elementary.   “AmeriCorps Great Stories” by, Jenna Fritz Background (information on the individual(s) or community that you serve and general information about the service provided): The Health Center is an independent, non-profit school-based health center in Walla Walla, WA. The Health Center serves low-income, at-risk youth […]

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We found this article from Education Week and thought it tied perfectly to what we know about many students here in Walla Walla. The Health Center exists to help provide a bridge to additional supports to help keep these very students in school.   By Arianna Prothero  Often, there’s not a clear, single factor but a collision of negative events that can include bad school experiences, abuse, an unstable living situation, or an illness in the family that finally breaks […]

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  Kansas City doctor says The Health Center on cutting edge of care for at-risk students Thursday donors and supporters of the The Health Center were honored during a Donor Thank You celebration. The main goal of The Health Center is to deliver primary health and mental health care and substance abuse counseling for all the students at Lincoln High School and Blue Ridge Elementary. Donors heard from The Health Center staff members, Walla Walla Public Schools administrators and Lincoln […]

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In my capacity as nurse practitioner for The Health Center, I am delighted to expand on the Walla Walla Union Bulletin article by Rachel Alexander on April 22 about the Whitman College class research. The students in the class — State of the State for Washington Latinos — worked with The Health Center at Lincoln High School, founded in 2009 by Dr. Alison Kirby, Holly Howard and a dedicated board of directors to address health concerns of students at Lincoln. […]

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Walla Walla’s School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are Effective Twenty-one percent of Walla Walla’s children under age 18 live in poverty. When I first saw that statistic, I was stunned. It was astounding to me that in an education-rich community like ours, one in five children struggle to have basic food, clothing and housing. Children who are not having their basic needs met often struggle in school. Education research confirms that finishing high school is vital to earning a living. In […]

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Executive Summary   Claire Johnson, Kate McMurchie and Joshua Rubenstein The State of the State for Washington Latinos, Whitman College, March 14, 2014   Topic: This report demonstrates the value of school-based health centers (SBHCs), provides a comparative study of SBHC policy throughout the nation, and makes the case for policy reforms to put SBHCs on more solid financial footing in Washington State. We worked in partnership with Holly Howard and Katherine Boehm, the Executive Director and Director of Clinic Operations […]

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The Health Center

534 S 3rd Ave, Suite 16 Walla Walla, WA 99362

The Health Center at Lincoln
p: (509) 525-0704
f: (509) 529-4004

The Health Center at Blue Ridge
p: (509) 526-1798
f: (509) 522-4480

Staff Contact

Executive Director:
Stan Ledington
(509) 529-5661

Director of Clinic Operations: Katherine Boehm
(509) 525-0704

Our Mission

Advancing the success of students by addressing their physical, emotional, and social needs.


By supporting The Health Center, you are helping more students get the care they need. Every child in our community is important and deserves access to life-saving health care.