School-based health centers (SBHCs) are an affordable, convenient option for ensuring children and adolescents have access to the health and wellness care they need to be healthy and thrive. The school-based health centers offer students care right where they are and offer families peace of mind that their kids’ health is cared for at school. Building on the school-based health center we have had in Avon, Mountain Family has partnered with the Roaring Fork School District to operate five SBHCs in Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs.
“We want every student to have access to affordable, comprehensive, integrated health care services, regardless of their legal status, family circumstance, place of residence, or economic means,” said Superintendent Rob Stein of the Roaring Fork School District. “Offering health services in school where our students spend most of their time is a convenient and safe means of removing barriers to access and ensuring our students receive the care they need to be healthy and successful in school and life.”
While students in the Roaring Fork School District (RE-1) are following a virtual learning model from August 17 – September 21, 2020, we have our school-based health centers and clinics ready to provide medical, behavioral, and dental care. Our providers will be able to care for students with a combination of telehealth (consultations via video-chat or by phone in the comfort and safety of your own home) and in-clinic appointments at any of our locations. Care will be available during the school days, with some sites offering extended hours. We will keep our website updated with current hours and any changes.
Risa Turetsky, Site Medical Director of School Based Health at Mountain Family, added “Our providers are thrilled to care for students at their schools in Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and Avon, in addition to our clinics.”
The Mountain Family Outreach and Enrollment Team can help parents and students apply for private or public health insurance to cover the cost of care. Parents who may have lost their employment or health benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic may now be eligible for Medicaid, federal subsidies for commercial health insurance coverage, or other financial assistance programs.
We also provide community testing for COVID-19 at our clinics in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Rifle. In addition, we offer antibody testing for COVID-19 at all locations when you schedule an office visit.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 970-945-2840 and enroll today online by visiting us at https://www.mountainfamily.org/school-based-health-centers/.