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Debbie PoerioDeborah Poerio, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, President/CEO, worked in private and public health pediatric practices until she was hired in 1993 by Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) to administer its first School Based Health Centers (SBHC) in East Hartford Middle School. Following the transition of the SBHC from MMH to Integrated Health Services, Dr. Poerio has proven her ability to create, operate, expand, and sustain new health care facilities, citing 4 full SBHC sites that offer medical behavioral and dental services, and 3 sites located at Goodwin College that provide behavioral and nursing services in East Hartford, Connecticut.

During this time Dr. Poerio found time to pursue her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Johns Hopkins University, from which she graduated magna cum laude in 2015. Dr. Poerio is committed to maximizing the future potential for IHS, and has developed relationships and collaborations within the community, state, and national stakeholders that serve to sustain and enhance the program’s mission.​


Jill Holmes Brown, Director of Operations, began her career as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who opened Silver Lane’s SBHC in 1998. In 2006, after 8 years of experience and expertise, she was hired to serve as the Director of East Hartford’s SBHC Program. She has provided the clinical oversight required to expand our services and sites, as well as to implement a fully sustainable dental program.

Mallory Brietmaier, APRN, Medical Supervisor

April Calvin, Billing Supervisor

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A Message From The President

The School Based Health Center was created to address the health care needs of the children and their families through the collaborative efforts of the East Hartford community. I was fortunate to have been hired to direct the planning and implementation of the first SBHC which opened in 1994 at East Hartford Middle School. In 2007 our community stakeholdes supported the creation of a new non-profit organization, Integrated Health Services, to ensure the financial foundation necessary to sustain and expand the SBHC Program.

As we enter our 8th year as a non-profit, we are proud to report that we have maintained the high standards and quality of care we so covet for our families, while we expanded from 4 to 8 sites in East Hartford, have implemented a full dental program, and provide behavioral and nursing services at Goodwin College’s Early Child Magnet School, the Connecticut River Academy, and at Goodwin College. And we are proud to announce that the ADAPT Program has received a 3 year grant to further evaluate the programs’ success in improving behavioral issues in preschool children, as had been the mission of the SBHC and School Readiness Council for over 10 years.

Since 2008 our staff has increased from 18 to 28 employees and we have been awarded $2,887,522 in grants. Proudly, we have reduced our dependence on grants from 95% to 58%, and we have funding to sustain our program staff services for 5 months in an emergency.

These successes could only be accomplished by a team of extraordinary professionals, of which I am so proud to be a part. Change and growth has been are mantra for years-always pushing boundaries, creating new programs to address trending health care issues, and challenging ourselves to create a sustainable organization, in which we have succeeded despite the recent state budget rescissions.

But the state rescissions do not weaken us, they merely strengthen our resolve to find sustainable and more viable methods to ensure health care for all children, especially those in greatest need.

But none of this would have been possible without the continued trust, collaboration, and advocacy of those individuals, groups, community partners, and families. I would like to extend our most sincere appreciation to them as their support​ has enabled us to expand and sustain the School Based Health Center Program and services for 23 years. We look forward to the next 23 years!


Warm Regards,