Learn about the benefits of Denver Health's School-based health centers in this short video.
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.
If you do not have insurance, community health care advisors and enrollment specialists are available at all SBHC sites to assist your student and family in determining insurance eligibility and completing the application process for one of the following programs: Health First Colorado (Medicaid), CHP+, Connect for Health Colorado and Discount Programs (DFAP &CICP).
If you know the location where you want to make an appointment, please call the center directly using the phone number available on our locations page or call the Appointment Center at 303-436-4949.
To speak to a medical provider or for general questions, please call the SBHC administrative team at 303-602-8958 or send an email to SBHC@DHHA.org and include your name, contact information and the location you are inquiring about if applicable. For referring a patient or student to School-based Health Centers, please send an email to SBHC@DHHA.org and include your name and contact information as well as the subject of the referral.
The first School-based Health Center opened in 1987 at Abraham Lincoln High School. Our clinics serve more than 13,000 students a year at our 17 locations. Learn more about Denver Public Schools' healthy schools effort.
Parents or guardians must sign consent forms before a student may use any of our services. Once this is complete, students may use the health center at any time during the school year. Consents are good for one school year.
Students in grades six to 12 are able to go to the clinic alone, but children in pre-school through fifth grade must have a parent present with them.
Supporting family communication is a principle goal of our school-based health centers. Our staff encourages students to discuss their health with their parents. However, parents are not routinely notified when a student uses the health center, except by student request or when the staff becomes aware of serious health concerns.
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.