Full-Service Health Care Available for CPS Community
Cincinnati Public Schools offers full-service health centers at sites around the district to serve the medical needs of our students, families and the community.
Currently (2020-21), there are 25 School-Based Health Centers to serve students’ needs; 10 of those centers also are open to the community.
— 2020-21 (Updated November 24, 2020)
During the 2017-18 school year, CPS’ School-based Health Centers provided 42,654 primary-care visits; 19,094 dental visits with 9,782 students; and comprehensive vision exams to 3,422 students, with 69 percent needing and receiving eyeglasses.
At our School-based Health Centers, no one is denied medical services because of an inability to pay the bill. A patient’s insurance is billed where possible — primarily versions of Medicaid or private insurance — and the unpaid portion usually is covered by donations and other support. This ensures that more children are receiving care than in the past.
For example, OneSight provides free eyeglasses to students without insurance, and Neediest Kids of All (NKOA) provides funding for vision-care visits. CPS also receives donations to cover the cost of transporting students from their schools to the health centers.
Cincinnati Public Schools' Community Learning Centers (CLCs) model is important for assuring that our students have ready access to medical services. The CLC’s Resource Coordinators at the schools and the school nurses play critical roles in getting families to use the offered services so the health centers are fully utilized.