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    Texas School Health Program
    PO Box 149347, MC 1945
    Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street
    Austin, Texas 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7279
    Fax: 512-776-7555

    Email comments or questions to SchoolHealth@dshs.texas.gov

School-Based Health Centers

A school-based health center is a facility providing preventive and primary health care services to children and adolescents located on or near a school campus. A SBHC is staffed by a multidisciplinary team that may include nurse practitioners, physicians, clinical social workers, psychologists, nutritionists, dentists, dental hygienists and/or administrators. 

Benefits of SBHCs  
 SBHC History and DSHS Program
 SBHC Resources

“It is a safe place for students.” –Texas School Administrator   

Each center meets the needs of the local community, but they all share common characteristics. SBHCs: 

  • Serve students with a focus on underserved populations
  • Reduce health inequities to improve student health  
  • Are accessible with a convenient location in a familiar setting
  • Provide high-quality primary care with an emphasis on prevention  
  • Provide chronic disease management to decrease absences
  • Ensure continuity of care, building relationships with students
  • Refer students to community providers when diagnoses are beyond the scope of the SBHCs
  • Are culturally sensitive and meet the needs of the local population through community input
  • Work with staff to reduce health-related barriers to achievement and promote healthy development  

Read about the benefits of SBHCs, their history and view helpful resources

“As a parent and a teacher, I think it is an absolutely wonderful service being provided
to students in our district.” –
Texas Parent and Teacher   School-Based Health Centers Interactive Map [Click image to view interactive map.]

 SBHCs offer:

  • Immunizations (vaccines) 
  • Well-child exams
  • Sports physicals
  • Acute care for minor illnesses and injuries
  • Management of chronic illnesses 
  • Dental screenings, treatments, and referrals
  • Mental health services 
  • Basic health education  

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Last updated June 1, 2022