School-Based Health Center
West Early College offers some of the best health care resources in the district! We are fortunate to be among the select schools that offer a health care team comprised of a full time school nurse as well as Denver Health School-Based Health Center!
Welcome to West Early College! As your school nurse, I offer my services five days a week and work in collaboration with our School-Based Health Center.
Approximately 26% of school-aged children have chronic health conditions. Health-related problems can play a major role in limiting student academic success. To learn, students must in school, safe and ready to learn. School nurses provide support by providing health services so students can attend school, supporting the removal of barriers so students have access to educational opportunities, and provide specialized services for students with special health and social-emotional needs.
DPS School Nurses provide a broad array of services, addressing:
- Urgent physical/emotional health
- Chronic physical/emotional health
- Students with special needs
- Medical case management
- School staff trainings
- Health screenings
- Communicable disease management
- Health needs management for field trips, before- and after-school care and extended school year programs
School Based Health Center:
Who can use a School-Based Health Center?
Any DPES student is eligible to use a SBHC. Students are eligible regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. SBHC can serve as the primary point of care for a student or can work in conjunction with a student’s primary care doctor.
Why choose a SBHC?
SBHC’s offer convenient care that limits the amount of time students are out of class and parents/guardians have to be off work. In many cases, students are able to get same or next day appointments.
Natasha Bluhm, RN BA International Studies/Spanish; BSN; MSN Nurse Educator
Denver Public Schools Nurse