School-Based Health Centers

School Based Health CentersThe School-Based Health Centers program was founded in 1994 as a community outreach to underprivileged school-aged children. In collaboration with the BHHS Legacy Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul Dental Clinic and the Legacy Foundation Chris-Town YMCA, the program provides preventative and primary medical and dental care to children who are uninsured and under served.

The program consists of five licensed clinic sites in four school districts, along with a mobile health unit that serves 141 community schools. The School-Based Health Centers provide medical services to more than 3,500 children and dental services to more than 2,000 children annually.




Medical Services

Staff members work closely with school nurses, school social workers, and parents to bring health care services, as well as health care education, social services and job referrals to those children and their families. Services include:

  • Diagnosis/treatment of major and minor illnesses (diabetes, asthma, seizure disorders, etc.)
  • Physical exams, well child check-ups
  • Referrals to hospitals, specialty physicians, immunization clinics, mental health services, radiology and lab
  • Preventative and restorative dental services including cleanings, sealants and oral health education
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Health education including nutrition, exercise, and the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco

The School-Based Health Centers Program in conjunction with the Phoenix Baptist Hospital Family Medicine Center Residency Program, operates a bi-monthly evening and after hours clinic. Staffed by volunteers and located at the Legacy Foundation Chris-Town YMCA, the clinic provides free medical services to uninsured and uninsurable community members. For more information or an opportunity to volunteer, please call 602.246.5597

School-Based Health Centers 
Fact Sheet

Making a Difference 

The expanded and enhanced School-Based Health Centers program has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children in the central and south Phoenix community by:

  • Reducing school absenteeism and improving academic achievement. Over 80 percent of the children seen by School-Based Health Center providers have returned to class, allowing them to focus on learning and academics.
  • Reducing emergency room usage by the targeted children. Over 90 percent of program participants have indicated through client satisfaction surveys that without services provided by the School-Based Health Centers, they would have obtained services at a local emergency department.
  • Managing chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and others.

Our Commitment -
Improving Children's Health

School-Based Health Centers are unique in their commitment to educate parents about their child’s illness in order to help them provide the best care at home advancing the recovery process. Families are included in meetings discussing methods to improve their child’s health. Utilizing a holistic approach, our providers and program staff work with families on issues pertaining to nearly every aspect of life. Staff members educate them about resources for child care while they attend medical appointments; assist non-working parents with job referrals, advocacy issues such as housing, utilities, and basic nutrition to assure the child’s home life is as healthy as possible.

Four School Districts

Services provided to all schools within these districts

Alhambra School District

  • Granada Primary School

Cartwright School District

  • Marc T. Atkinson School

Deer Valley Unified School District

  • Sunrise Elementary School

Phoenix Elementary School District

  • Lowell Elementary School

Legacy Foundation - Chris-Town YMCA Community Health Center
Services provided to children in the surrounding community and local school districts

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