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.

Our Services

  • Well child/well adolescent checks, which meet the requirements of school, sports, camp and employment physicals
  • Prescriptions and medications and routine lab tests
  • Immunizations
  • Care for chronic conditions such as asthma and depression
  • Care for acute injury and illness
  • Reproductive health services including pregnancy testing and birth control evaluation, dispensing and management
  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • Individual, group and family mental health counseling
  • Dental screenings, routine cleanings, sealants, fluoride varnish applications and dental x-rays (at select locations)
  • Parent and child health education

Program Assistance Available

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).

Appointments and Referrals

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.

History

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.

Registration

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.

Consent

A parent or guardian must complete the below consent forms and return them to the assigned School-based Health Center.

Consent Forms (English)

  • Health History
  • Immunization Consent
  • Parental Consent
  • Privacy Practices
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Consent Forms (Spanish)

  • Health History
  • Immunization Consent
  • Parental Consent
  • Privacy Practices
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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