How do SBHCs benefit kids, parents, schools and communities?
School-based health centers are a powerful approach for addressing child and teen health problems. Research studies have shown that SBHCs:
- Improve access to care
- Reduce absenteeism from school
- Reduce the use of expensive emergency room care
- Improve immunization rates
Schools and communities benefit:
- Parents miss less time from work due to reduced travel time
- Families are informed about low cost insurance alternatives and the importance of preventive health care services
- School officials and parents determine the scope of services offered
- Parents must sign a detailed consent form before their child may receive service
- School-based health centers support the schools' educational mission.
- Students appreciate services that are uniquely tailored to meet their needs
- Students are in school and ready to learn
- Concerns are addressed promptly