School-Based Health Centers

The School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) represent a collaboration between the Rochester City School District and University of Rochester School of Nursing to improve the health, mental health, and overall well-being of students in an accessible, youth-friendly and confidential setting.

School-Based Health Center

The University of Rochester School of Nursing School-Based Health Centers provide free and comprehensive physical and mental health services at East Upper and Lower School and Northeast College Prep and Northwest Jr. High at the Frederick Douglass Campus in the City of Rochester. 

More than 4,000 visits are made each year by city students in grades 6 through 12 at the two city schools. All students have access to health care regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status, and incur no out-of-pocket expenses. Services are available in-person or through telehealth.

Staffed and supported by nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, and ambulatory techs from the School of Nursing, the Centers provide:

  • Physicals, primary and preventative services
  • Mental health assessments and ongoing mental health therapy
  • Medication management
  • Diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute illnesses and injuries
  • Management of chronic conditions
  • On-site laboratory services, on-site medication dispensary
  • Health screenings and education
  • Referrals
  • Collaboration with the child’s Primary Health Provider (if they have one established) 
  • Adolescent health counseling
  • Immunizations
  • Population-based primary prevention
  • On-site referral to Eastman School-Based Dental Service

Asthma attacks are a common condition treated at both of our health centers. Within minutes of an attack, medication and steroids can be administered on-site, instead of in an emergency room, improving health outcomes for students and substantially reducing health care costs.

Adolescence is a crucial period for developing and maintaining physical, social and emotional well-being. Our School-Based Health Center team provides education and support in areas of a healthy choices, developing coping skills, problem solving, along with focused treatment and interventions for anxiety, depression, PTSD, and increasing resilience.

These hospital-based clinics, authorized by the New York State Department of Health, are a part of Strong Memorial Hospital.


East Upper and Lower

Phone: (585) 288-1390  
Address: 1801 E Main St, Rochester, NY, 14609

Northwest, Douglass Campus

Phone: 585-324-9210
Address: 940 Fernwood Park, Rochester, NY 14609

Nichole Butler, Director of the School-Based Health Centers


Nichole Gardea Butler, MS, LCSW-R, Director
East High and Douglass Centers, UR School of Nursing 

Direct office line: (585) 288-1390
After hours/Non-School Days: Call (585) 435-2332