Main Office: 720-423-4300 & Attendance: 720-423-4354
Main Office: 720-423-4300 & Attendance: 720-423-4354

Denver Health Services

John F. Kennedy High is a School-Based Health Center in partnership with Denver Health Services

Denver Health’s School-based Health Centers (SBHC) form a large network of health centers located inside Denver Public School (DPS) campuses that serve any DPS student as well as children enrolled in DPS-affiliated Early Childhood Education programs at no charge to families. We offer medical, mental health, dental, health education and family planning, as well as insurance enrollment and advising services.

Any DPS 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. SBHCs offer convenient care that limits the amount of time students are out of class and parents/guardians have to be off work.


•Well child/well adolescent checks, which meet the requirements of school, sports, camp and employment physicals
•Prescriptions and medications and routine lab tests
•Care for chronic conditions such as asthma and depression
•Care for acute injury and illness
•Reproductive health services including pregnancy testing and birth control evaluation, dispensing and management
•Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
•Individual, group and family mental health counseling
•Dental screenings, routine cleanings, sealants, fluoride varnish applications and dental x-rays (at select locations)
•Parent and child health education


A parent or guardian must sign a consent form before their child may use any health center service. Once this is done, the child may use the health center at any time during the 12 month consented period.

Students in grades six to 12 are able to go to the clinic alone, but children in pre-school through fifth grade must have a parent present with them.

Supporting family communication is a principle goal of our school-based health centers. Our staff encourages students to discuss their health with their parents. However, parents are not routinely notified when a student uses the health center, except by student request or when the staff becomes aware of serious health concerns.


There is no charge for to the patient or their family for services offered in the health center. Patients will not have to pay co-pays, deductibles, or fees to be seen. Insurance may be billed but without cost to families.

Program Assistance

If you do not have insurance, community health care advisors and enrollment specialists are available at all SBHC sites to assist your student and family in determining insurance eligibility and completing the application process for one of the following programs: Health First Colorado (Medicaid), CHP+, Connect for Health Colorado and Discount Programs (DFAP &CICP).

Frequently Asked Questions

•If I sign up for the clinic, do I have to give up my current Primary Care Provider?
No! we understand that many of you and your students have long-standing relationships with their PCPs. We are happy to work with your PCP on any chronic issues or just be available for your student when they need us! (like for a sore throat, or inhaler refill).
“I love just being able to call the clinic and get my child in for an appointment! I don’t need to miss work and my student doesn’t miss a whole ½ day of school – the clinic is great about calling me with anything I have to look out for!” — Kathi C, parent at South HS SBHC and RN for DH

•If I sign up for the clinic, will my insurance automatically switch me to Denver Health?
No! We do charge insurances but they wont switch your PCP to Denver Health. If you don’t want your student to have a well child check with us, please let us know. But if your student needs a well child check/ sports physical ASAP, we are happy to get them in same day or the next!

•My student is never sick, why should I sign up for the clinic?
Just in case! We are here to help your student with any unexpected injury, illness or worry. Wouldn’t it be great to not have to miss work or have your child miss school just to get a throat swabbed for strep?

•Does it cost any money?
We do charge insurances but there is never a co-pay! If you don’t have insurance, we are happy to see you and help get you and your family enrolled!

•I am interested in signing up my student to the clinic, do I have to be with them for an appointment?
As long as we have a parent consent on file, any child 6th grade and above can be seen without their parent. We will communicate with parents if there is something we are worried about that parents need to follow up on.