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. 


15,519 children served at SBHC’s in 2023.

School-based health programs are available to students and their families, school staff, and school staff’s families. All students must be registered with Blue Ridge Health and have parent/guardian consent in order to access these health services. To register your child: 

Our team will reach out to parents/guardians prior to completing any billable medical or behavioral health services and consent will be obtained before services are provided. 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 an affordable sliding-fee scale for both medical and behavioral health services. 

Gender-affirming hormone therapy and surgical referrals are not provided for any minor patients in any Blue Ridge Health school-based health programs. Per North Carolina House Bill 808, hormone therapy and puberty-blocking medications will not be initiated for minors as of August 1, 2023.

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


To complete the following forms, you will need to print, sign, and scan them before sending them back to us at or you may bring them by hand to the school. We cannot accept typed signatures on these forms. You may send copies of your child’s insurance cards and other information to this email address as well.

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 Spring 2024 – English | Pediatric Press Spring 2024 – Spanish

Pediatric Press Winter 2023 – English  |  Pediatric Press Winter 2023 – Spanish

Pediatric Press Fall 2023 – English  |  Pediatric Press Fall 2023 – Spanish

Pediatric Press Fall 2022 – English  |  Pediatric Press Fall 2022 – Spanish

Our Centers Are Located At The Following Schools


Cullowhee Valley School

240 Wisdom Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This location offers telehealth services only.
School-based health centers are accessible to the school’s students, staff members, and their immediate families.
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Meet our School-Based Health Leadership Team

Takina Jones-Thomas, MSM
SBH Director of Operations
Amy Denes, LCSW
SBH-BH Clinical Director
Nicole Ray, PA-C
Associate Medical Director for SBH
Mandy Slagle
SBH Program Manager