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Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Last Reviewed: March 2015

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends starting and maintaining school-based health centers (SBHCs) in low-income communities. SBHCs, either on site or off site, provide health services to students in pre-K through grade 12. CPSTF found that starting and maintaining SBHCs in low-income communities leads to better educational outcomes — like grade promotion and high school completion — and better health outcomes — like decreased hospital admissions and increased contraceptive use. 

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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2013). Health equity: school-based health centers. Retrieved from https://www.thecommunityguide.org/findings/promoting-health-equity-through-education-programs-and-policies-school-based-health-centers