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...
Aug 19, 2013

Highlights of the 2013 Convention

Group Shot at Advocacy Day
Group Shot at Advocacy Day

Thank you for supporting the School-Based Health Alliance (formerly known as the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care). We are excited to share how we’ve spent our summer and our upcoming plans.

Highlights of the 2013 National School-Based Health Care Convention

School-Based Health Alliance: Redefining Health for Kids and Teens

We officially rebranded as the School-Based Health Alliance at the June 2013 convention. The new brand reflects our work with local, state, and national partners and the vital role school-based health centers (SBHCs) play in the lives of children and adolescents. 

Advocacy Day

Convention participants converged on Capitol Hill for 2013’s Advocacy Day. Advocates and delegates made more than 140 visits to Congressional offices – our most successful Advocacy Day yet!

The day started off with an energetic rally. Speakers included the School-Based Health Alliance’s Youth Advisory Council members, David Esquith from the Department of Education, Ingrid Donato from the Department of Health and Human Services, and Congressman Joe Courtney of New London, Connecticut.

Advocates pressed for inclusion of funding for SBHCs in the fiscal year 2014 budget and the reauthorization of the SBHC program in federal law. After Advocacy Day, California Representative Lois Capps introduced the School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2632) that would provide federal funding for SBHCs across the country. We must keep the momentum going, so ask your representative to cosponsor Rep. Capps’ bill.

The 2013 Convention Youth Track

The Youth Track at our annual convention gives students the opportunity to learn about the health and policy issues that affect SBHCs across the nation. This year, youth from all over the country participated in a series of workshops that refined their leadership and advocacy skills. The workshops sessions focused on health care reform and how it will affect the lives of young people across the nation, the establishment of youth advisory boards in SBHCs, youth empowerment through video production, and media literacy which led to the creation of a short video on the importance of SBHCs.

The 2010-2011 National Census Report of School-Based Health Centers

We released the 2010-2011 National Census Report of School-Based Health Centers during the 2013 convention. The latest report indicates that SBHCs are adapting to the changing landscape of the health care system. Download the full report from our website to learn more about how SBHCs across the nation are early adopters of health care reform.

Upcoming Webinars

We will be hosting webinars for the SBHC field throughout the upcoming school year. September webinars include:

Working Together to Expand Your Outreach and Enrollment Efforts

  • Tuesday, September 10 at 3:00 PM EDT. Register here.

The Current State of School-Based Health Care!

  • Thursday, September 26 at 2:00 PM EDT. Register here.

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May 20, 2013

One Month Until the 2013 Convention!

We are almost one month out from the 2013 National School-Based Health Care Convention, which will be held in Washington, DC June 23 – 26. Because of donors like you, this year we are able to bring our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to Washington, DC to participate in the Youth Track and Advocacy Day. (Read their bios here.)

The five members of the first-ever council will join 25 other Youth Track attendees to learn about the health and policy issues associated with school-based health centers and develop their leadership and advocacy skills. Two members of the YAC, Jhana and Tyler, will join Members of Congress and leaders from the school-based health care movement to speak out at a rally before heading to Capitol Hill on Advocacy Day. It is sure to be an experience they will never forget. Thank you for making it possible by supporting NASBHC on Global Giving.

- NASBHC staff

P.S. Do you know any youth who would be interested to learn more about advocacy and school-based health care? Scholarships are still available to attend the 2013 Youth Track

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Feb 19, 2013

Building Momentum in 2013

Thank you for supporting NASBHC! We are excited to keep the momentum going after an excellent year in 2012. There are many exciting things on the horizon for 2013, starting with this month – National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month!

February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month!

Communities across the nation are celebrating National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month. School-based health centers (SBHCs) are redefining health for kids and teens by providing access to mental health services and oral health care, working to prevent obesity, and addressing other issues that affect young people’s lives.

There are many ways for you to get involved in this year's Awareness Month. Whether you’re writing a letter to the editor, setting up a tour of a SBHC, or just want to share your story, you’ll find resources on our Awareness Month webpage.

NASBHC Writes to Administration in Response to Gun Violence Reduction Policy Proposal

NASBHC wrote to Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan urging them to look to SBHCs as they strive to meet the goals of the “Now is the Time” gun violence reduction proposal – a set of 23 actions and recommendations to minimize gun violence and its causes in response to Newtown, Connecticut.

We encourage SBHC advocates to forward the letter or send your own comments to Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan at externalaffairs@hhs.gov and OESE@ed.gov.

NASBHC Interviews Candidates for Youth Advisory Council

NASBHC completed interviews with several incredible young people from across the country for our first-ever National Youth Advisory Council. In the coming weeks we will select the council members and conduct our first meeting – just in time to plan for the Youth Track at the 2013 National School-Based Health Care Convention.

Save The Date – 2013

The 2013 National School-Based Health Care Convention will be held at The Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, June 23-26. This year will feature an Advocacy Day, where hundreds of SBHC advocates will meet with their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill in support of school-based health care!

NASBHC’s Advocacy Day is always one of the highlights of the Washington, DC-based convention and this year will be no different. The day starts with a breakfast rally at the hotel. Speakers will include SBHC Hill champions. Following the high-energy rally, advocates will travel to the Hill by Metro to meet with their representatives to speak on behalf of vulnerable children and adolescents. NASBHC will prepare advocates with webinars in advance of the convention and advocacy “office hours” with NASBHC’s policy and communications staff. We look forward to seeing you in June!