Your donation to the Denver School-Based Health Centers helps keep Denver’s must vulnerable and underserved children healthy. Denver Health, in partnership with Denver Public Schools and the Mental Health Center of Denver, operate health clinics on 15 Denver Public Schools campuses. School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) provide preventive care to students where they are – in school.
SBHCs offer comprehensive and integrated medical and mental health services in one place. Students who are enrolled in any school on 15 Denver Public Schools campuses, in addition to 51 neighboring “satellite” schools, are eligible to receive services in one of our school-based clinics. In addition, the clinics provide valuable health insurance outreach and enrollment services on-site which benefits students and their entire families. The SBHCs offer the same services a patient would receive when receiving care at a doctor’s office.
Since they tend to be healthy overall, children and adolescents typically do not receive needed preventive care that keeps them out of emergency rooms. Common clinical services provided in our clinics include physical exams, well child care, immunizations, minor illness care, management of chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and depression, mental and behavioral health services, and reproductive health education. Limited medications and lab services are also available on-site. In the event that a patient requires additional or specialized care, the model allows for referrals to the larger Denver Health system and all of its associated clinics.
Services are available to all students with a parental consent, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. By eliminating financial barriers and the need for parents to take time off of work, the SBHCs are an effective way to deliver services to a traditionally underserved population.
Denver School-Based Health Centers have been in operation for 25 years and have served more than 113,500 students. SBHCs represent one more piece of the safety net that Denver Health provides to the Denver community.
Denver School-Based Health Centers are current located at the following Denver Public Schools campuses:
- Evie Garrett Dennis
- John F. Kennedy
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College
- Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy
- Lake International School
- Abraham Lincoln
- Rachel B. Noel
- Place Bridge Academy
- Bruce Randolph