At HHC, we provide school-age children with the healthcare services they need. Thousands of children in New York City, many from low-income households, have limited access to healthcare services because their caregiver can't take them during a workday or they live in an area with limited pediatricians. New York City provides more than 120 school-based health centers (SBHCs) to school children in all five boroughs. Of these, HHC facilities bring the necessary primary and preventive care services to 21 schools in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.
School-Based Health Centers in New York City
SBHCs bring healthcare services to where our children are. We understand that for many families, it may be difficult to see a doctor on a regular basis. We want to ensure that all children have access to excellent, comprehensive medical care. Primary and preventive care keeps kids healthy and in school. In addition, when children are healthy, it reduces the number of days caregivers need to take off of work to care for a sick child.
The goals of school-based health centers are to:
- Increase students’ access to healthcare services
- Promote good physical and mental health
- Improve school attendance and performance
- Reduce visits to the emergency room
- Prevent unnecessary hospitalizations
- Lower medical expenses
School Health Services We Provide
All children in schools with a school-based health center whose parents have signed a consent form are eligible to receive services. Our health centers can serve as a student’s primary care physician, or function as a supplementary service in addition to the child’s regular doctor. We offer scheduled or walk-in appointments during school hours. There is also 24-hour telephone coverage for problems that may arise when the centers are closed.
Services at school-based health centers include:
- Excellent medical care regardless of insurance or immigration status
- Primary and preventive care including:
- Physical examinations and immunizations
- Working papers and sports physicals
- School health services, including screenings for vision, asthma, obesity, scoliosis and tuberculosis
- Treatment for chronic illnesses, including prescribing and dispensing medications
- First aid care to all students
- Emergency care to anyone on the school premises
- Educating parents and guardians about the importance of preventive healthcare
- Programs that reduce risk-taking behaviors
- Referring children with special needs to the appropriate resources within the community
Some SBHCs provide:
- Reproductive services (in high schools only)
- Mental health care
- Optometry services (eye exams)
- Dental care
HHC has school-based health centers for students in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.
We also provide a full range of healthcare services to children and adults throughout New York City. Find an HHC hospital or health center near you.