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Census of School-Based Health Centers


The purpose of the Census of School-Based Health Centers is to (1) provide a better understanding of the role of school-based health centers in meeting the needs of underserved children and adolescents; (2) collect relevant trend data on demographics, staffing, operations, prevention activities, clinical services and policies; and (3) create a national database of programs. The census identifies and surveys clinics and programs associated with schools nationwide, including (1) School-based programs: partnerships between schools and community health organizations that deliver health care to students within a fixed site on a school campus; (2) Mobile programs: programs without a fixed site that rotate a health care team through a number of schools; and (3) School-linked programs: health care programs that are formally or informally linked with schools to coordinate and promote health care for students on campus, but which do not provide clinical services on the school site.

School Based Health Alliance
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Selected Content: 
Type of school (primary, secondary), student demographics, type of program or clinic, services offered by program or clinic, staffing of program or clinic.
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The 2007-08 census identified 1,909 clinics and programs associated with schools nationwide. Of these, 64% (1,226) responded to the survey. Efforts were made to confirm that programs that did not complete a survey were open during the 2007-08 school year.

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School-Based Health Centers: National Census, School Year 2007-2008. Available at: National School-Based Health Care Census.