Supporting critically-needed health services in Colorado schools
School-based clinics place critically needed, comprehensive health services directly in schools where young people spend most of their time, maximizing their opportunity to learn and grow.
Youth Healthcare Alliance represents and supports school-based clinics throughout Colorado. These clinics provide accessible integrated primary and behavioral health services -- and many offer on-site oral health services. Clinics may also offer other support services including health education, insurance enrollment, and case management.
Research demonstrates the many benefits of school-based clinics:
Better school performance
Increased high school graduation rates
Improved health equity
Increased immunization rates
Decreased use of the emergency room
Improved asthma management
Decreased teen pregnancy
Improved educational outcome
An Investment in Equity: Prioritizing Communities with the Greatest Needs
Colorado youth experience profound inequities in health and education depending on socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and geographic location. We know poverty and other social determinants of health lead to poor health and educational outcomes. School-based clinics prioritize such communities in order to directly invest in health equity through barrier-free and high-quality healthcare services.
Colorado School-Based Clinic Locations
With 70 traditional school-based clinics (blue) and 7 school-linked programs* (purple), they collectively serve over 35,000 students annually with primary care, behavioral health, and oral health services.
*School-linked programs typically offer a single line of service, like behavioral, dental, or primary care, to schools through methods such as telehealth, mobile units, or single providers. They often facilitate follow-up care through nearby community clinics.
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