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School Based Health Clinics

What is it?

School Based Health Clinics (SBHC) are staffed by qualified medical professionals who provide health care to children within their schools. SBHCs can provide preventative services, early diagnosis and treatments, risk assessments, and vaccinations. Examples of these services include well-child visits, sports physicals, sexual health education, sick visits, and mental health assistance. 

What is the evidence base?

The location and availability of SBHCs can increase health care access for children. For children with no access to care, SBHCs can serve as their primary medical service. School-based services reduce issues related to transportation, parent availability, parent stress, and missed appointments. SBHCs can also help students avoid medical appointment-related absences and remain in class.   

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