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School-Based Health Centers

CHI's in-depth analyses on Colorado's school-based health centers.
Date last upated: August 19, 2016


2017 SBHC CoverRead CHI's newest analysis of Colorado's school-based health centers!

"Mountains, Plains, Cities, Schools: An Analysis of Colorado's Rural and Urban School-Based Health Cetners," the most recent report, dives into the differences between urban and rural SBHCs in Colorado. The 2015-16 survey found:

  • State funding makes up the largest portion (58 percent) of annual revenue for rural SBHCs. In urban SBHCs, user-related revenue, such as Medicaid reimbursements, is the primary source of funding.
  • Most urban users are covered by Medicaid. Rural SBHCs see a higher percentage of privately insured and uninsured users than urban SBHCs.
  • While rural locations offer more dental services, urban SBHCs provide more birth control options.

Read about these findings in more depth by clicking on the image to the right.


About Colorado's SBHCs

Since the first school-based health center (SBHC) in Colorado opened in 1978, the number of children with access to these clinics has reach an all-time high. SBHCs are what they sounds like - a doctors office on or nearby school grounds, providing primary, oral health and behavioral health care to children. They are conveniently located for students and families who may struggle to get to the doctor's office otherwise.

In partnership with the Colorado Association of School-Based Health Care (CASBHC), CHI has surveyed Colorado's SBHCs since the 2006-07 school-year (SY).

Support from Colorado lawmakers, the federal government and the state’s health foundations has helped SBHCs expand and multiply. And with ongoing funding from the legislature, school-based health is poised for more growth. 

  • A report from CHI with data from the 2014-15 SY analyzes the role of SBHCs in our state using data from an annual survey. The report focuses on the services SBHCs provide, who uses them and the changing landscape of school-based care in Colorado.
  • The 2015 Needs Assessment from CHI identifies schools and school districts that could most benefit from the addition of a SBHC. The Assessment analyzes health outcomes, insurance coverage, youth risk factors and utilization of care to determine the highest need school districts.
  • The 2014 chart pack provides an summary SBHCs up to the 2012-13 SY, looking at insurance overage, services offered and the funding that helps SBHCs stay afloat.

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