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Bronco Clinic

Northern Inyo Healthcare District and Bishop Union High School have launched a school-based health center. The Bronco Clinic serves students enrolled at Bishop Union High School and Palisades Glacier High School. Our goal is to improve student health and academic performance.

What is a School-Based Health Center (SBHC)?
A school-based health center brings a healthcare provider into a school, so students can avoid health-related absences and receive the support they need to succeed in the classroom. California currently has almost 250 SBHCs and that number is growing. Research shows that SBHCs have a positive impact on absences, dropout rates, disciplinary problems, and other academic outcomes.

Bronco Clinic is open Tuesdays & Thursdays,
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Bishop High School.
Questions? Please call (760) 873-2086.

Benefits of SBHCs

  • Decrease in student absences
  • Increase access to healthcare for youth
  • Promote responsibility in youth for their health
  • Help busy parents stay at work

FAQS - Frequently Asked Questions

Nurse Practitioner Colleen McEvoy (r) runs through an upcoming appointment with Medical Assistant Brandy Park. Photo by Barbara Laughon/NIHD
Nurse Practitioner Colleen McEvoy (r) runs through an upcoming appointment with Medical Assistant Brandy Park. Photo by Barbara Laughon/NIHD
What services are offered at the Bronco Clinic?

The Bronco Clinic provides:

  • Acute visits for minor illness and injuries
  • Initial treatment for acute asthma attacks
  • Acne treatment
  • Treatment for depression, anxiety and substance abuse
  • Reproductive health services including birth control, sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing and treatment
  • Over-the-counter medication for pain and allergies
  • Referrals to Community Agencies
  • Health Education
Dr. Stacey Brown and Medical Assistant Kaylyn Rickford access NIHD's Electronic Health Record from the Bronco Clinic. Photo by Scot Swan/NIHD
Dr. Stacey Brown and Medical Assistant Kaylyn Rickford access NIHD's Electronic Health Record from the Bronco Clinic. Photo by Scot Swan/NIHD

Can the Bronco Clinic do physicals and give immunizations?
Not at this time. We may be able to in the future. In order to do a comprehensive physical exam, we need to have supplies to test vision and hearing, appropriate size blood pressure cuffs, and immunizations available. We do not have the space or resources at the Bronco Clinic to allow us to do that now. We can assist students in making an appointment with their primary care provider for annual physicals and completion of sports physical forms.

How much will it cost for my child to receive services at the health center?
Similar to all clinics, the Bronco Clinic is required to collect insurance and guarantor information for many of the services provided. We are required to bill for services such as a strep test. We will not bill insurance when your child visits us to receive over-the-counter pain medication (such as Tylenol) or seeks treatment for a very minor injury. No student will be turned away for the inability to pay or for not having insurance. Students may consent under state law for reproductive and some behavioral health services. Your student will be registered for a state program that pays for such services, if those services are provided.

Nurse Practitioner Colleen McEvoy, Dr. Stacey Brown, and Medical Assistant Kaylyn Rickford review the day's schedule. Photo by Scot Swan
Nurse Practitioner Colleen McEvoy, Dr. Stacey Brown, and Medical Assistant Kaylyn Rickford review the Bronco Clinic's afternoon schedule. Photo by Scot Swan

Do I need to be there for my child’s visit?
No. We can get your verbal or written consent to see the student without you present. When a student visits the center without a parent, the health center staff will ordinarily attempt to inform the parent/guardian and explain the reason for the visit and which services were provided. For most services we need parental consent. By law minors can consent to certain services without their parents’ approval, including treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing, and birth control.

Does the Bronco Clinic eliminate the need for the school nurses & school counselors?
No. The clinic does not replace school nurses or counselors. Rather, they complement services already being provided by placing additional resources in the schools.
School nurses and counselors are vitally important to comprehensive health care for students and we appreciate all that they do for students.


Forms

Downloadable copies of the necessary Bronco Health Clinic Proxy Consent To Treat Minors Form:

Downloadable copies of the Bronco Clinic brochures:

Visit the Bishop Union High School website.

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