School-based Health Centers
Denver Health's School-based Health Centers (SBHC) form a large network of health centers located inside Denver Public School (DPS) campuses that serve any DPS student as well as children enrolled in DPS-affiliated Early Childhood Education programs at no charge to families. We offer medical, mental health, dental, health education and family planning, as well as insurance enrollment and advising services.
Our services are available at all locations throughout the school year and at a limited number of locations during the summer. School-based Health Centers offer convenient services that limit the amount of time students spend out of class and the amount of time parents/guardians have to take off work to attend appointments. In most cases, students can obtain same-day or next-day appointments.
Children Ready for School Project
Denver Health and Assuring Better Child Health & Development (ABCD) have spent the past year working together on a project spearheaded by Denver Health pediatrician Dr. Kristi Knuti Rodrigues and refugee services coordinator Betsy Ruckard to improve pediatric developmental screening rates in non-English non-Spanish speaking children, a population that is less likely to receive developmental screening and early intervention services. Last month, Denver Health and ABCD had a chance to share the importance of developmental pediatric screening and getting children ready for school with Colorado African Organization’s community navigators on EDUCA Radio. Interviews were conducted in Karen, French, Nepali, Somali, Tigrinya, Arabic and Sudanese.
Watch or listen to Denver Health’s Kuang Oo, Adrien Matadi, Om Sapkota, and Rasulo Rasulo and ABCD’s Michele Ebendick and Eileen Bennett on DPStv's Facebook page as they reach out to communities about school readiness and child development.