With cold and flu season in full swing, we wanted to call out school-based health care as an effective strategy for reaching underserved students in communities across Colorado.
Studies show school-based health care positively impacts students in many areas including:
- Reduced absenteeism
- Increased access to preventive and mental health care
- Increased care coordination and referral completion
- Reduced costs for Medicaid programs
- Reduced emergency and urgent care visits
- Increased health knowledge among students
The Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care (CASBHC) is supporting communities exploring how they might initiate school-based health care.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) has been involved in the development of school-based health centers since 1994. Information on the state’s school-based health center program and resources related to best practices, state funding and quality standards are found on the website.
For more information on SBHCs or to locate one near you, contact the Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care.