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What is a School-Based Health Center?

A school-based health center (SBHC) is a health care facility located inside a school or on school grounds. It is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of medical and behavioral health specialists. Sometimes dental professionals are also included on the multi-disciplinary team.

School-based health centers serve students whose access to care is limited. Services are designed to identify problems early, provide continuity of care, and improve academic participation.

Each school-based health program is different, but services might include comprehensive well-child and well-adolescent exams, immunizations, treatment for illness or injury, management of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes or asthma, mental health assessment and treatment, prevention programs including smoking cessation, violence and pregnancy, substance abuse counseling, nutrition counseling, and dental exams and sealants.

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