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School-Based Health Centers

"We remove obstacles to learning

 when student health needs are met."

-Susan Castillo, Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2006

The Picture
Columbia County is facing many issues that significantly impact the health of our children, including high rates of unemployment and tobacco use. Columbia County has been identified as a medically under served region, with too few health care providers.

The Solution
Many students encounter barriers to receiving health care, including lack of insurance, transportation challenges, lack of medical providers, and unaffordable health care costs. School-based health centers (SBHC) reduce those barriers, regardless of the family's insurance status or ability to pay. SBHCs are conveniently located in a familiar environment where students spend much of their day.

The Clinics


Rainier School-Based Health Center has been open since June 2008. Rainier SBHC is made possible through partnerships with Public Health as the medical sponsor, Rainier School District as the site sponsor, and an Oversight Committee of community partners and the public.

Rainier School-Based Health Center

Rainier SBHC, on the Rainier School Campus, serving the community, all ages
is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m.


Community collaboration continues with faculty, staff, and parents on the Planning Committee. The clinic is  open!

Spencer Health and Wellness (Vernonia's SBHC)

Vernonia SBHC, in the school is open Mondays (8-3:30 for mental health & primary care), Wednesdays (8-3:30pm for primary care), Thursdays (8-3:30 for mental health) and Fridays (8-3:30 for mental health)

St. Helens

Sacagawea Health Center, operating since 2000, continues to receive annual funding from the state, private foundations, and supportive community members, to serve K-12th grade students.

Sacagawea SBHC, located on the Lewis & Clark campus, is open Mondays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Want to learn more?
Look online at

Attached Document or FileSacagawea Health Center  Columbia County's First School-Based Health Center
Attached Document or FileOregon School Based Health Center Network  State-wide advocacy network
Attached Document or FileOregon SBHC Program Office  Information from the state regarding policy, certification, and state statistics
Attached Document or FileColumbia Community Mental Health 

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