Health and education go hand in hand. If children are bothered by tooth decay, poor vision or untreated asthma, they won’t be able to reach their full potential in the classroom. That’s why Interact has been investing in school-based health centers (SBHCs) for 20 years. SBHCs have been shown to improve not only students’ health, but also their academic performance.
What are SBHCs?
As the name implies, school-based health centers are health centers located in school buildings. They offer a range of health services. All SBHCs funded by Interact offer physical and behavioral health services. Several centers also offer dental and vision services. These comprehensive health centers now number seven, and more open every year. What’s more, SBHCs aren’t just for students. School employees and members of the community can use them, too. SBHCs can serve as a health hub for the whole community.
How are locations chosen?
When opening a new SBHC, Interact connects a school district with a medical provider such as a city health department, hospital or other health center operator. Chosen school districts must have a large number of students who receive free or reduced-cost lunch. We’ve found that SBHCs in such districts succeed because the services provided to many of those students can be billed to Medicaid.
What are the benefits of SBHCs?
SBHCs offer communities an added resource for health care. When students can be treated without leaving school, they can quickly return to the classroom to continue learning. Parents don’t need to take time off work or arrange transportation to doctor’s appointments. Interact’s focus on families and communities with limited resources improves access to health care for the people who need it most. Today, some 50,000 students in Greater Cincinnati have access to 38 school-based health centers, and the number continues to grow. Check out this infographic about our SBHCs to learn more.