Spotlight on California’s SBHCs

Kids at schools across the state get increased access to quality health care with every new school-based health center (SBHC) that opens.

SBHCs are usually located directly on a school campus and provide primary care like any health clinic. They are typically staffed by nurse practitioners, nurses, mental health providers, as well as part-time physicians and medical students. Services are provided at no or low cost. No one is refused service for inability to pay.

SBHCs across California provide elementary, middle, and high school students with easy access to health care. Many SBHCs also offer dental care, mental health care, leadership programs, after-school programs, and even have gardens for growing fresh produce.

Here you can see what is happening at California’s SBHCs. Don’t see your SBHC? Tell us about your SBHC here.

If you would like to start an SBHC at your school you can navigate our website for tools and resources to help you get started.

Take a Tour of a School-Based Health Center

Hawthorne School-Based Health Center in Oakland

La Clínica de La Raza is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the Bay Area that operates several school-based health centers. They created a video for students in Oakland when schools were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic so students would know what to expect when they came for a visit.

See the First School-Based Health Center in Madera County

Camarena Health partnered with Madera South High School to build the first school-based health center (SBHC) in Madera County.