Health Equity: School-Based Health Centers
Description of Resource:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends the implementation and maintenance of school-based health centers (SBHCs) in low-income communities to improve educational and health outcomes. Improved educational outcomes include school performance, grade promotion, and high school completion. Improved health outcomes include the delivery of vaccinations and other recommended preventive services, asthma morbidity, emergency department and hospital admissions, contraceptive use among females, prenatal care and birth weight, and other health risk behaviors. SBHCs provide health services to students pre-K–12 and may be offered on-site or off-site. SBHCs are often established in schools that serve predominantly low-income communities.