In an attempt to address health disparities, and improve the health of the whole child, the Omaha Public Schools and Building Bright Futures began working together on a plan that would provide quality health care for Omaha area students. The planning resulted in the implementation of school-based health centers (SBHC), which are on-site health centers that promote the health and educational success of school-aged children. Through this combined effort, they hope to reach students in the Omaha Public School district who: do not have access to quality health care because they lack a medical home or a routine primary care provider; are uninsured; or have chronic illnesses or conditions that cause them to miss school. These health care issues can have a tremendous impact on a student’s ability to succeed in the classroom.

Partners in the SBHC implementation include:

  • Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Creighton University Medical Center
  • Boys Town National Research Hospital
  • OneWorld Community Health Center
  • Charles Drew Health Center

School-based health centers are a vital part of the mission of the Omaha Public Schools and Building Bright Futures as they strive to eliminate educational gaps and improve academic achievement for all students