What is a SBHC?

What is a School Based Health Center?

"53% of students using the on-campus health center reported they did not miss any full class while using the center services."

Oregon Department of Human Services report from existing Oregon SBHCs, 2008


A School-Based Health Center (SBHC) is an efficient, on-campus health facility. SBHCs were designed to meet the unmet health needs of students, providing low- or no-cost health care to kids. There are four school-based health centers in Columbia County. 

School-Based Health Centers:

  • Accept most major insurances and offer a sliding scale. Do not require health insurance
  • Operate in partnership with a medical system
  • Staffed by a Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant, or Medical Doctor
  • Open part or full-time, during the school year and some are open in the summer.

A SBHC is a way to provide prevention, screening, and treatment services to those teens who otherwise have limited access to mental and physical health care.


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