Denver Health Pediatrics @ Denver Public Schools School-Based Virtual Care Program
Denver Health Pediatrics at Denver Public Schools School-based Health Centers (SBHC) have expanded to include a Virtual Care Program! This program allows Denver Public School nurses the ability to virtually connect students to SBHC services right from their school! Your student can receive medication, as needed, for many health concerns, such as: headache, seasonal allergies, menstrual cramps, muscle aches, ear infections, etc. and go back to class. Parents or guardians can be included in the visit virtually or updated after the visit. For your student to participate, there is a required consent form which can be found below or at your student’s school.
Benefits of the program:
- Connect to Medical Home: Connect students to primary care at Denver Health or their own PCP
- Decrease Out Of Class Time: Minimize the time students are spending away from learning
- Advanced Technology: SBHC providers utilize virtual tools to reach an appropriate diagnosis
- Medication: With your approval, school RN’s dispense certain medications for your student so they can feel better and return to class
- Free to you: There is no cost to patient or family, no copay or deductibles
Cost & Insurance:
There is no charge to the patient or their family for services offered during a telehealth visit. Patients will not have to pay co-pays, deductibles, or fees to be seen. Insurance may be billed but without cost to the family.
Community Health Care Advisors are available to assist students and families with questions, eligibility, and enrollment into the healthcare programs.
Nothing is done without your consent. A parent or guardian must sign a consent form before their child may use the telehealth services or receive medications. Once this is done, your student can use the virtual care program, as well as any of the 19 Denver Health Pediatrics at Denver Public Schools School-Based Health Centers at any time during the current school year. To learn more, click here.
Sonja O’Leary MD, Pediatrician, SBHC Medical Director
Sonja has been working with children and adolescents for over 20 years. She is the medical director of the Denver Health Pediatrics @ Denver Public Schools division and is a native of Bogota, Colombia. She works closely with the entire SBHC team (over 85 employees!) to provide excellent child and adolescent care.
Honora Quinn Burnett MD, Pediatrician, SBHC Virtual Care Program Medical Director
Honora has been a practicing pediatrician since 2015, and with Denver Health since 2021. She was born and raised in Colorado. She attended medical school at Brown University and internship/residency at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the Medical Director of the School Based Health Center Virtual Care Program. She also speaks Spanish.
Joseph Rosas PA, Physician Assistant
Joseph is a practicing physician assistant, who has worked in pediatrics since 2017. He joined Denver Health in November of 2021 as the clinic coordinator for the Denver Health School-based Virtual Care Program. He is also the primary medical provider at Noel Community Arts School, providing services including preventative care such as well visits and sports physicals, acute visits for sickness or injury, assistance with long-term health problems, and confidential services for youth.
Heidi McCotter NP, Nurse Practitioner
Heidi is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner and has been with Denver Health for 20 years in varying settings including the community health clinics, the Adult urgent care and the School Based Health Centers. She has worked as program manager for the SBHC for the past 8 years. In her spare time she loves to bike, hike, and get in CrossFit work outs. She feels fortunate to be a part of a combined DPS and Denver Health system that works collaboratively to take the best care of our kids as possible.
Jennifer Conway, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Jennifer has been working with children and adolescents at Denver Health since 1996. She has worked as Program Manager for the SBHC’s for the past 12 years. She feels passionately about the School Based Health Center model of care and the much needed access to services it affords the students at Denver Publics Schools.
Samantha Schaap, Project Specialist
Karen Espinoza, Patient Access Supervisor
Theresa Vasquez MA, Medical Assistant
Shelley Jackson-Worstell MPH, Community Health Planner