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...
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!

Nov 19, 2012

Thank You for Your Support in 2012

2012 has been a banner year for the school-based health care movement. The milestones we’ve reached this year include:

  • An additional $75 million in construction and equipment funding was delivered through the Human Resource Services Administration’s School-Based Health Care Capital program. This funding is part of the Affordable Care Act and made possible by your support.
  • The school-based health care movement’s profile is increasing with national coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as coverage of school-based health center openings in dozens of local papers.
  • NASBHC has grown dramatically throughout 2012, adding seven new staff members and building our capacity to demonstrate the impact of, and provide support for, the school-based health care field.

These accomplishments are made possible by donors like you. Your continued support is critical as we move forward in 2013. We’ve come a long way over the past year and now is not the time to let the momentum stop. The results of the 2012 presidential election present new opportunities and challenges, and together we will bring the school-based health care movement to new heights in 2013 – and beyond.

Updates on NASBHC Projects

Here are a few brief updates on projects we’ve been working on since our last report:

School-Based Health Care Leaders Meet in Washington, DC

NASBHC, along with Presidents and Executive Directors from 15 of NASBHC’s state affiliates, traveled to Capitol Hill immediately following the election to advocate for programs like Medicaid that build strong families and strong communities.

Leaders traveled from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio and Oregon to discuss how school-based health centers partner with Medicaid to keep students healthy and learning.

NASBHC Prepares to Launch National Youth Advisory Council

We are pleased to announce we’ve received more than a dozen applications for NASBHC’s first ever youth advisory council. We’re combing through them and conducting interviews in hopes that we can convene the first meeting in early December – just in time to get the council’s input on the 2013 School-Based Health Care Awareness Month in February.

This is just the beginning of an exciting effort to increase youth engagement in our work. With your support we will continue to help empower youth and to encourage them to become active participants in their health and education while building the future leaders of the school-based health care movement.

NASBHC Welcomes New Staff

Of the seven new positions in 2012, we’re pleased to welcome four staff members who have joined the team since our last Global Giving update: Matt Even, Database Manager, Rebecca Farber, Program Assistant, Jessica Rosenberg, Program Associate, and Sara Yoeun, Program Assistant.

Matt Even joined NASBHC in 2012 as a Database Manager. Prior to joining NASBHC, Matt coordinated a volunteer program for all first-year students at New York’s SUNY College of Old Westbury. Matt’s previous experience focused on IT and logistical support for non-profits in Washington, including Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.  Matt earned his J.D. from the Catholic University of America and his B.A. from the University of Missouri. Matt enjoys exploring new technologies and has a passion for helping organizations best use these new tools.

Rebecca Farber is a Program Assistant for NASBHC’s Programs and Professional Services team. Rebecca has extensive experience in HIV/AIDS and LGBT health issues, both hands-on training and a theoretical background. She worked to prevent LGBT youth suicide by developing education and outreach materials and facilitating workshops at the YES Institute in Miami, Florida. Rebecca earned her certification as a medical case manager for people with HIV/AIDS while working at the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There, she coordinated and advocated for client access to medical care, state health insurance, and social services. Originally from Miami, Rebecca studied Sociology and Gender/Sexuality Studies at Bryn Mawr College, where she completed an independent research project on globalized medicine and gender norms in Thailand. As a health advocate, Rebecca is thrilled to be at NASBHC and contribute to health care access for all youth and adolescents.

Jessica Rosenberg, MHS, is a Program Associate for Programs and Professional Services at NASBHC. Prior to joining NASBHC, Jessica worked as a research associate at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and at the Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities in Baltimore, where she designed and evaluated studies related to cancer and cancer disparities, including a CMS-sponsored intervention designed to reduce disparities in cancer screening and treatment among African American seniors in Baltimore County. In 2012, Jessica received her Master of Science degree from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD in Epidemiology, with an additional concentration in health disparities and inequalities. She has a dual BS from the University of Miami in Microbiology & Immunology and Spanish Literature.

Sara Yoeun joined the National Assembly of School-Based Health Care in November 2012 as the Program Assistant for the Programs and Professional Services Team.  Prior to joining the NASBHC team, she served as a member of the AmeriCorps:  Philadelphia Health Corps program.  As a Community Health Outreach Associate she provided health promotion, disease prevention, and health education to underserved individuals and families with children with special health care needs.  She developed a passion for public health as she became involved in various research projects within the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention while studying at UNC.  Sara received a bachelor’s in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. 

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