School-based Health Centers

Learn about the benefits of Denver Health's School-based health centers in this short video.

Coronavirus Update: School-based Health Centers Are Still Open

Denver Health's School-based Health Centers (SBHC) are currently open for in-person visits or telehealth appointments. Remember SBHC services are offered at NO COST to all Denver Public Schools (DPS) students!

As we adapt to meet our community needs during the COVID-19 response, we request that all patients call ahead to learn how to access care: 303-602-8958. Services offered by the SBHC may include:

  • Mental health and substance use counseling
  • Consultations on sick visits
  • Oral health screenings and triage for further dental care
  • Screenings for comprehensive wellness and mental health
  • Asthma checks
  • Consultations for medicine refills, and more.

For more information on Denver Health's response to COVID-19, please visit

 About Denver Health's 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.

Services for Emily Griffith Technical College Students

Did you know that as an Emily Griffith Technical College student, Denver Health is here to help you with your health care needs? If you are a student enrolled at Emily Griffith Technical College you can now access care through Denver Health!  If you have a family that requires care as well (infants, toddlers, pregnant partners), we can provide resources on how to establish care at one of our nine Denver Health Community Health Centers. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions, please call us at 303-602-8958.

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 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 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 18 locations. Learn more about Denver Public Schools' healthy schools effort.


Parents or guardians must sign consent forms before a student may use most 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. However, children in preschool through fifth grade can be seen alone, if consented and at the request of a school staff member as long as parents are aware and participating in visit, otherwise a parent must be present.

Supporting family communication is a core value of our school-based health centers. SBHC staff encourage students to discuss their health with their parents / guardians. 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.

In accordance with Colorado State Law, Denver Health School-Based Health Centers will allow students (if requested) to consent themselves into certain confidential services beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.  Confidential services include both behavioral health and reproductive/sexual health services. Parental or guardian consent will still be required for the use of all other services for students under the age of 18.  Additional background information can be found here

Any questions from parents/guardians can be directed to School-Based Health Centers at or 303-602-8958.

Consent Forms

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

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.