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School Based Health Centers

School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are comprehensive primary care clinics that are located within schools. SBHCs bring the primary practitioner’s office to the local school setting as a way of reducing barriers to teens accessing primary health care services. Each SBHC offers medical, oral, social and mental health services and education to enrolled students, and to the children of enrolled students. 

The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) provides grant funding, oversight and technical assistance to six (6) sites located within District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) senior high schools: Anacostia, Ballou, Cardozo Learning Center, Coolidge, Dunbar and Woodson. The SBHCs are open for service whenever the school building is open and normal business hours are Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.  During DCPS breaks (summer, spring, holidays), the SBHCs operate with different hours and can provide that information.  If a student needs medical attention after regular operating hours, they can contact the SBHC provider for emergency instructions and an on-call physician.

Parental consent is required for students to receive services during the school day; however, students can be seen without consent for issues such as pregnancy, substance abuse and mental health (based on the Minor Consent Law).

Examples of services provided by SBHCs:

  • Physical exams
  • Attention to illness through Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Gynecological exams including STI and HIV testing
  • Pregnancy testing and contraceptive management including abstinence planning and support.
  • Administering immunizations to students.
  • Mental health screening and referral
  • Social work services and referrals
  • Level II Oral health screenings including Dental cleaning.
  • Conducting Health Promotion Education sessions to individuals, and small & large groups of students. 
  • Referring students to other health care providers and community resources.
  • Supporting the efforts of the District of Columbia Public Schools by contributing to student academic success.
  • Supporting students by providing a safe place to talk about sensitive issues such as depression, family problems, relationships, and substance abuse

Contact information for SBHCs in DC:

Anacostia Senior High School
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
1601 16th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 724-5529

Ballou Senior High School
Unity Health Care, Inc.
3401 4th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 645-3843

Cardozo Learning Center
Unity Health Care, Inc.
1200 Clifton Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 939-2030

Coolidge Senior High School
Howard University Hospital
6315 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 698-1383

Dunbar Senior High School
Howard University Hospital
101 N Street, NW
Washington DC 20011
(202) 698-3762

Woodson Senior High School
Unity Health Care, Inc.
540 55th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20019
(202) 724-2287

Service Contact: 
Community Health Administration
Contact Phone: 
(202) 442-9525
Contact Fax: 
(202) 442-4947
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
3rd Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm