School-Based Health Alliance

School-Based Health Alliance was founded in 1995 and is the national voice for school-based health centers (SBHCs). Built from the grassroots up by individuals from state and federal government agencies, national and regional foundations, child health and education organizations and SBHCs, we are a true reflection of the field we support. Our mission is to improve the health status of children and adolescents by advancing and advocating for school-based health care. Our vision is that all children are healthy and achieving to their fullest potential. School-Based Health Alliance believes that: Children and adolescents need high quality, accessible, culturally competent, comprehensive heal...

School-Based Health Alliance
1010 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
United States
202-638-5872
http://www.sbh4all.org

President

Linda Juszczak

Board of Directors

Deirdre Taylor, Linda Juszczak

Project Leaders

Kyle Taylor

Mission

School-Based Health Alliance was founded in 1995 and is the national voice for school-based health centers (SBHCs). Built from the grassroots up by individuals from state and federal government agencies, national and regional foundations, child health and education organizations and SBHCs, we are a true reflection of the field we support. Our mission is to improve the health status of children and adolescents by advancing and advocating for school-based health care. Our vision is that all children are healthy and achieving to their fullest potential. School-Based Health Alliance believes that: Children and adolescents need high quality, accessible, culturally competent, comprehensive health care. The school setting is a sensible and appropriate place to deliver health care because that is where the students are. Ideally, the full scope of services is provided directly in a SBHC; alternative models may be dictated by resources and the needs of the community. SBHCs reduce health inequities and improve health outcomes for underserved youth. SBHCs should be fairly reimbursed for the high-quality health services they provide. SBHCs exist at the intersection of education and health and are the caulk that prevents children and adolescents from falling through the cracks. They provide care - primary health, mental health and counseling, family outreach, and chronic illness management - without concern for students' ability to pay and in a location that meets students where they are: at school. And, because of their location in the school building, SBHCs are first-hand witnesses to social determinants of health and academic achievement - bullying, school violence, depression, stress, poor eating habits, etc. - that health providers outside of a school setting may miss. Staff in SBHCs have the time and the insight to address these social determinants, making them uniquely attuned to the needs of the students. .

Programs

The School-Based Health Alliance advocates for national policies, programs, and funding to expand and strengthen SBHCs, while also supporting the movement with training and technical assistance. Our advocacy work focuses on child and adolescent health and education issues, health care financing, and monitoring implementation of the Affordable Care Act as it relates to SBHCs -- all in order to strengthen and sustain SBHCs and bring their high impact services to the forefront. Our technical assistance work includes projects related to oral health, HIV testing, SBHC operations and administration, and financial sustainability.

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