BMS@Jefferson School Based Health Center

BMS@Jefferson School Based Health Center (SBHC), opened in October 2002 in the Thomas Jefferson

Campus. We provide medical care, counselling, and health education and access to other health services across our practices – at no cost to the students or the parent. We serve a combined 1,200+ students within the five individual academies (World Academy for Total Community HealthFDNY High SchoolPerforming Arts High SchoolHigh School for Civil Rights and YABC) that are housed on the Campus. 


  • Be enrolled in one of the Thomas Jefferson Campus schools  

  • Complete a Parental Consent Form (Please click on link below for all required documents)  

  • Provide a copy of your child's immunization records  

  • Return the consent form to room 148 or your child schools main office  

  • Once your child is registered to the BMS SBHC they will be able to sign up for the patient portal (link below) to be able to access their medical records, make appointments and much more!  



  • Physical Health Exams for School, Sports, and Working Papers 

  • Reproductive Health (I.e. Plan B, Pregnancy Test, Birth Control and HIV/STI Testing)  

  • Preventative Immunizations 

  • Vision and Hearing Screening 

  • First Aid 

  • Acute Care 

  • Emergency Medications 

  • Management Of Chronic Conditions such as Asthma, Diabetes, Laboratory Services 

  • Nutrition Education and Weight Management Programs 


  • Self-Care Health Education 

  • Nutrition Education 

  • Mental/Emotional Health 

  • Condom Distribution 

  • Violence Intervention 

  • SBHC Athletic Center 

  • Baby Think It Over Program  


650 Ashford Street






INSTAGRAM: bmsjeffersoncampus


718-688-7900 EXT: 1484/1242/1241 



MON-FRI: 8AM – 2:20PM 


BMS@Jefferson Program Manager

Rosemary Polanco



Joseph Henao

ALERT!  Due to COVID 19 Summer Youth Employment will not take place in Summer 2020.

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Adolescent Health

World Academy for Total Community Health (WATCH)

  • Certified Nursing Assistant

  • College NOW

  • AP Courses

  • BMS Internship Placements

  • Summer Youth Employment

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Summer Internships


BMS@Jefferson Program Manager

Rosemary Polanco




WATCH’s mission is to prepare the vulnerable adolescents of the East New York (ENY) community to make healthy choices, to lead healthy lives, and to advocate for the total health of their families, their community, their nation, and their world; to expose students to all aspects of the health care field and to the variety of career options the field offers; to create a learning environment that is socially supportive; and to offer an academically rigorous curriculum leading to an advanced regents diploma to ensure students access to higher education and preparation for lifelong activism.


Why a Health Focused High School?



WATCH is located in East New York (ENY), Brooklyn. Census 2000 data indicates that in the school’s zip code, 11207, virtually all residents are people of color.ENY has one of the highest concentrations of public housing and is home to one of the largest concentrations of Caribbean and Latin American immigrants in the City.


ENY is a fairly young community, with over 70% of residents under the age of 45, and 34% under the age of 18. Female-headed households account for almost 40% of all households.75% of all households in 11207 live below 200% of the Federal Poverty level.The unemployment rate is a staggering 18%.


The socio-economic challenges and hardships that plague the residents of ENY directly contribute to the community is extremely poor health status, evident in the wide range of illnesses and diseases that affect persons of all ages. Yet despite the need, there is an acute shortage of physicians in the community.


How will WATCH Achieve Success?


As a small, college preparation high school, we are open to all NYC students. In addition, as an Empowerment School we have the flexibility to design a school and curriculum based on proven best practices from top schools in low-income settings. Specifically, we will:Set high expectations, academically and behaviorally, for all our students, regardless of whatever challenges they may face outside of school.Ensure time for real world application through required 40 hours of Community Service as well as Service Learning through field placements in Health Settings.In addition, guest speakers from the health field are brought into the classroom to bring a real world application to the curricula.Immerse students in Health Education through their education at the WATCH.Help struggling students through small class sizes and integration of Academic Assistance Services during the school day and after school.Know every child personally through small classes in advisory sessions where students discuss a range of psycho-emotional issues related to Heath Build strong relationships with families to help them support their children.




BMS is a Federal Tort Claims Act approved facility.

BMS has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) status and is granted medical malpractice liability protection through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). Under the Act, the BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers and its covered individuals are considered Federal employees and are immune from lawsuits, with the Federal government acting as the primary insurer. 

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Sliding Fee Scale availability based on family size and income.  No patients are denied services due to insurance or immigration status or inability to pay

After closing hours for all medical emergencies, please call 911 or go to the closest emergency room. To reach the covering doctor, please call  (718) 345-5000 to reach the answering services and instructions to reach the physician on call.