Removing Barriers to Equitable Healthcare

Blue Ridge Health believes that all young people, no matter their zip code, should have an equal opportunity to learn and grow.

Blue Ridge Health is excited to offer comprehensive school-based health services in seven counties throughout Western North Carolina. These services promote well-being, health equity, and positive health outcomes for students in the community. 

School-based health programs are available to students, staff, and their families.  Students must be registered with Blue Ridge Health in order to access these health services. To register your child: 

Our team will reach out to you prior to completing any billable medical services. For this reason, we ask that you provide the requested insurance information. If you do not have health insurance, we are happy to help your family apply for coverage. We also offer and affordable sliding-fee scale. 

Our school-based health centers are open most school days from 7:45am – 3:45pm. You may call (828) 233-2280 to ask questions, schedule an appointment, or visit a health center. We would love to meet you!

School-Based Health Medical Services

  • Well child visits and sports physicals
  • Managing chronic conditions such as asthma, hypertension, diabetes, etc.
  • Evaluating and treating behavioral health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD
  • Screening for other conditions, medication management, and referrals as needed
  • Testing for and treating infections, such as colds and flu, strep, pinkeye, etc.
  • Evaluating sprains/strains, falls, and minor injuries
  • Free nursing assessments including basic first- aid and OTC medication (with consent)
  • Coordination with your Primary Care provider as applicable
  • Screening, assessment and treatment planning that is person-centered and family oriented
  • Short-term counseling to encourage development of healthy coping skills
  • Brief interventions to help students manage symptoms
  • Referrals for additional services
  • Consultation with school (with consent) and primary care, as needed

Our Registered Dietitian provides consultation, evaluation of growth patterns and eating habits to meet age-appropriate dietary recommendations including:

  • Weight changes
  • Disordered eating
  • Sports nutrition
  • Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Diabetes prevention
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol

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Sliding-fee scales are available for all service types, including school-based health. Patients will be qualified for discount services based on family size and documented income.

Pediatric Press – A Newsletter with Your Family in Mind

Twice yearly, Blue Ridge Health publishes the Pediatric Press, a newsletter with tips for caregivers of children, with topics designed to help you keep your child happy and healthy.

The most recent newsletters can be found below.

Pediatric Press Fall 2022 – English

Pediatric Press Fall 2022 – Spanish

Pediatric Press Winter 2022 – English

Pediatric Press Winter 2022 – Spanish

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Policy/Rights/Responsibility 

North Carolina General Statute 90-21.5 authorizes minors to give effective consent to a North Carolina licensed medical provider for medial health services for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of: 

  • Venereal diseases and other diseases reportable under G.S. 130A-135
  • Pregnancy
  • Abuse of controlled substances or alcohol
  • Emotional disturbances

Medical providers are not required to notify guardians about these services, unless notification, in the opinion of the provider, is essential to the life or health of the minor.