Telehealth is a cost-effective alternative to health care that is provided in-person, especially for rural and underserved areas.

School-based health centers (SBHCs) use telehealth to extend their services during breaks or when students are not in school. It also allows SBHC providers to work from alternative locations as needed, and to reach students who might not be in school.

Some SBHCs use telehealth to extend the traditional boundaries of health care, for example offering yoga classes and helping lead virtual college tours.

For more information on the different modalities of telehealth, how they can apply to school-based health, and recommendations, download our overview on Telehealth in Schools & School-Based Health Centers.

Additional Resources

The national School-Based Health Alliance has additional telehealth resources specifically for SBHCs.

See the National Center for School Mental Health’s Telemental Health 101 webinar on YouTube.

The National Coalition of STD Directors has a telemedicine toolkit designed to help users consider how telehealth can be used to reach the sexual health needs of adolescents.

The California Primary Care Association has a quick 7-minute video on YouTube: Quality Control in Video Conferencing.

Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center’s Quick Start Guide to Telehealth includes information about technology, sample workflow, and legal considerations.

California Association of School Psychologists has a Technology Checklist for School Telehealth Services.