All Colorado school-based health centers provide high-quality, equitable, comprehensive health care in support of positive academic outcomes.
Optimize health outcomes among young people through access to quality, integrated health care in schools.
What We Do
As a nonprofit organization, the Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care (CASBHC) supports existing and emerging school-based health centers through policy development and advocacy, training and technical assistance, and quality improvement projects.
1. Ensure success & sustainability of SBHCs.
2. Serve youth in high needs communities.
3. Work towards health equity.
4. Strengthen relationships between schools and SBHCs.
5. Grow advocacy and engagement of young people.
6. Improve internal operations.
7. Diversify CASBHC's funds.
8. Elevate reputation and brand.
Our Core Values
We believe that every student has the right to fair and just access to health care to achieve optimal outcomes. We believe in the power of diverse communities; the people living in them are the experts in what they need, and SBHCs are driven by the unique values of the communities where they are located. SBHCs are an equity investment in diverse communities that have not been resourced otherwise.
We believe in the power of partnerships across all levels of health care, education, and community. We also partner with young people as we believe in their power and that they can take charge of their health and well-being.
We believe in the power of the intersection of education and health care in increasing access to whole-person care in schools. We will persistently advocate for youth and SBHCs, on their behalf and alongside them.
Our Health Equity Statement
Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to “attain their full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances” (CDC). The health care system in Colorado, among other institutions in the state, has a long history of institutional racism and oppression established through policies and practices that persist even into the present day, all of which result in inequitable health outcomes.
By prioritizing the communities that have been intentionally marginalized over time, school-based health centers (SBHCs) serve as an intentional investment in those communities, contributing to a change in systemic patterns and relationships. SBHCs rebuild the community’s trust in the health care system and create space for youth to be advocates for their own health and success with inclusive, culturally responsive, and equitable environments as well as transformational relationships.
CASBHC exists to catalyze and support change among SBHCs to progress along the journey of health equity, acknowledging that it is a lifelong journey, while activating in our own sphere of influence to create change for more equitable policies and practices. We believe in the power of life experiences and in working to build trust with those who have long been marginalized and centering their voices in our work. We acknowledge the harm that institutions have produced and the power and privilege many of us continue to hold – and we work every day to change that. We celebrate diversity and create inclusion while we work toward healing, liberation, and justice.