Frequently Asked Questions SBHC

What is a School-Based Health Center?

School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are a national model designed to ease access to health care by reducing the barriers that have historically prevented adolescents from seeking the health services they need including inconvenience, cost, transportation, concerns surrounding confidentiality, and apprehension about discussing personal health problems. The practitioners provide a full range of services for all students, regardless of whether or not they have health insurance coverage.

What are the goals?

  • Improve access to affordable quality primary care and mental health services for school-aged youth
  • Ensure services are developmentally appropriate
  • Improve educational outcomes because healthy kids learn better.

Where are they?

2006 marked the 20-year anniversary of SBHCs in Oregon.  The first center opened in Multnomah County in February 1986 at Roosevelt High School.  Since then, they have doubled each decade making it possible for three times more clients to be seen.

Oregon’s 60+ SBHCs are located in many counties in urban, suburban, rural and frontier communities.

Who uses them?

Services are available to students regardless of their ability to pay, insurance status, race, color, national origin, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, handicap, or gender.  Reasonable accommodations are made to provide confidential services to non-English speaking students.

What services do they offer?

  • Performing routine physical exams, including sports physicals
  • Diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illness
  • Prescribing medications
  • Treating minor injuries
  • Providing vision, dental, and blood pressure screenings
  • Administering immunizations
  • Health education, counseling, and wellness promotion
  • Providing and/or connecting students with mental health services
  • Giving classroom presentations on health and wellness