School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) eliminate barriers in health care by partnering with school districts to ensure that all children have access to high-quality care in a convenient location. An array of medical staff work together to care for children’s physical, social, emotional and behavioral health.
A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health, and many children suffer from some type of mental health condition. Roughly 70% of children who receive mental health services access those services in a school setting.¹ A child’s school environment is a place of protection and security for students struggling with a mental health disorder.
Many health needs for children are met by School-Based Health Centers, including the below.²
- Primary Medical Care
- Mental/Behavioral Health
- Dental/Oral Health
- Health Education
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Nutrition Education
Beyond SBHC Acute Care
School-Based Health Centers treat acute illnesses as well as chronic conditions, such as diabetes. SBHCs can deliver both clinical and non-clinical services to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.²
- SBHCs can successfully screen students for diabetes risk factors
- Students who use SBHC programs get more physical activity and eat healthier
- School-based telehealth programs provide efficient diabetes management care
There are close to 3,000 School-Based Health Centers across the nation working to improve the overall health of children.3 Delivering health services in schools sets children up for higher academic success and reduces the number of absences they have for doctor visits. Certintell supports SBHCs and believes they are helping close our nation’s care gap.
¹ Alliance, School-Based Health. “Mental Health | School-Based Health Alliance Mental Health | Redefining Health for Kids and Teens.” 1 Aug. 2019, www.sbh4all.org/school-health-care/health-and-learning/mental-health.
² “Diabetes | California School-Based Health Alliance.” 1 Aug. 2019, www.schoolhealthcenters.org/healthlearning/diabetes.
3 Alliance, School-Based Health. “National School-Based Health Care Census | School-Based Health Alliance National School-Based Health Care Census | Redefining Health for Kids and Teens.” 1 Aug. 2019, www.sbh4all.org/school-health-care/national-census-of-school-based-health-centers.