School Based Health Center

Last Updated: 3/27/2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Bower

Please welcome Dr. Melinda Bower, a naturopathic physician who will be providing comprehensive medical services to students at the Chimacum Junior/Senior High School SBHC. Dr. Bower is returning to Jefferson County after 13 years living and practicing in the Seattle area, with a focus on family medicine and women’s health. While in the Seattle area, she practiced at community health clinics and School Based Health Centers.


The School Based Health Center (SBHC) partnership has been a strong official partnership between Chimacum School District, Jefferson Healthcare and Jefferson County Public Health for over a decade. We know that increasing access to healthcare makes for healthier students and healthy students are better learners.  Medical and mental health services are provided.


Mission Statement
To promote lifelong wellness, through community partnership, by providing access to high-quality, comprehensive health services and education in a safe, nurturing on-campus environment, meeting the unique needs of adolescents.

What We Do


How to Make an Appointment

  • Call or text (360) 390-8560 for medical appointments or call Jefferson County Public Health at (360) 385-9400
  • Place request in the confidential box provided at the clinics
  • Walk-in                                                                                                                                     


  • We bill all insurances for physical health services
  • Free to Low-cost care when eligible
  • $45 Sports Physicals
  • Students will not be turned away because of inability to pay. 
  • Mental Health Services are covered by local tax and are not billed to patient.

Services & Consent

Our services focus on prevention and include immunizations, illness/injury assessments, reproductive health care, mental health counseling, and health education. Our staff is trained to understand and treat the special health care needs of teens and includes: a nurse practitioner, a mental health counselor, and an office assistant. We coordinate your teen's care with community health care providers where appropriate, including the school nurse and local physicians.

Your child can receive excellent care at the School Based Health Centers. We follow Washington State laws on healthcare to minors and students must be registered with signed parental consent to be seen for medical concerns. The Registration/Consent and Sports Physical Forms (below) may be downloaded, completed, and returned to your school office.

Chimacum Clinic Hours

Health Center medical appointments: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM (online/telehealth open most days)

Health Center mental Health appointments: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM (appointments are available in person or online/telehealth)

    Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Additional SBHC Information & Resources

Jefferson County School Based Health Center website

Jefferson County School Based Health Center participation and summary reports

Peninsula Daily News: Caring for County's Students

Port Townsend High School Clinic Information

Port Townsend Main Clinic is open Monday, 9:00 - 4:00 PM, Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 PM, Friday 9:00-4:00 PM. Telehealth available most days.

School Based Health Clinics - Healthy Students are Better Learners