Why provide healthcare at school?

Appointments at school are easily accessible and decrease the time kids are out of class. Schools are a familiar place for families. Clinics in school may help keep vulnerable families engaged.

Why donate now?

Healthy Kids School Based Clinics are celebrating 15 years of serving children in need in the greater Iowa City area. This anniversary seems an appropriate time to grow our capacity. Requests for our services have incerased every year, but COVID-19 highlighted the stark inequities in healthcare access between the "haves" and "have nots". It's time to act!

Who needs Healthy Kids School-Based Clinics?

  • Kids who are uninsured

  • Kids with high copays or deductibles

  • Kids who are new to the Iowa City Community

  • Families who don't speak English

  • Families without a car

  • Families who can't navigate the complicated healthcare system

  • Parents who don't get personal days

  • Parents with significant medical or mental health problems

  • Parents who work during typical clinic hours

Where are Healthy Kids School-Based Clinics located?

We currently have three clinic sites: City High, Northwest Junior High and Southeast Junior High. The clinic also travels to West High once a month. We tried a mobile clinic model early in the life of the clinic. We took vaccines and supplies to various school buildings because it seemed easiest. This pilot lasted only a few months because there was not a good space in most of the schools and clinic staff ended up being in the way in the small health offices located in elementary schools. We also attempted to use the mobile van that medical students use, but it didn't work out for a variety of reasons.