School Based Health Centers at Danbury High School, Rogers Park and Broadview Middle Schools

Students perform better when they show up for class healthy and ready to learn. School-based health centers (SBHCs) ensure that our students can get a flu shot, have a physical, have their teeth examined and their eyes checked, or speak to a mental health counselor in a safe, nurturing place – without the barriers that families too often face. SBHCs exist at the intersection of education and health and are the caulk that prevents children and adolescents from falling through the cracks. They provide care – primary health, mental health and counseling, family outreach, and chronic illness management – without concern for the student’s ability to pay and in a location that meets students where they are: at school.

A key factor to success in life is a good education. School Based Health Centers (SBHC) keep students healthy and in school so they can maximize their opportunities for learning. SBHCs offer barrier-free access to health care for medical, mental health, and dental needs. When the students use the SBHC, more than 90% return to class after their visit. A recent study showed a significant increase in attendance for students utilizing SBHC for medical conditions compared to those who did not use the health center. Grade point average increases over time were observed for mental health users compared to non-users. 
SBHCs ensure that our students can get a flu shot, have a school or sports physical, get treatment for illnesses or speak to a mental health counselor in a safe, nurturing place – without the barriers that families too often face when they need medical care. SBHCs exist at the intersection of education and health and are the caulk that prevents children and adolescents from falling through the cracks. The health centers provide quality care – primary health, mental health and counseling, family outreach, health education, and chronic illness management – without concerns of a student’s ability to pay and in a location that meets the students while at school.

Operated by the Connecticut Institute For Communities, Inc. through a partnership with the City of Danbury, the three school based health centers are open to serve the students during the full school year. The mission of the SBHCs is “to provide access to high quality, comprehensive physical and mental health services while being accessible, confidential, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate”. The SBHCs are built around mutual respect and collaboration between the school and the health care provider to promote the health and educational success of school-aged children and involve students as responsible participants in their care, while encouraging the role of parents and other family members in the treatment. During the 2013-14 school year, the SBHCs enrolled 4,692 patients and provided over 6,032 medical, behavioral health and dental visits.

School Based Health Center Locations:

Danbury High School

Broadview Middle School

Rogers Park Middle School

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