2014 Youth Track
Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we are able to provide seven scholarships to high school students from around the country to attend the 2014 National School-Based Health Care Convention in Seattle, Washington this summer. These youth will have the opportunity to develop leadership and advocacy skills, meet other student leaders who are passionate about adolescent health issues, and network with experts in the school-based health care field.
CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and the School-Based Health Alliance Announce New Directions for School-Based Health Grantees
School-Based Health Alliance, in partnership with CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, aim to create the next generation of school-based health centers (SBHCs) through the New Directions for School-Based Health Grants initiative. Funded by CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and administered by School-Based Health Alliance, grants were awarded to nine SBHC programs in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Rhode Island, and Texas.
The initiative will build the capacity of the school-based health care field to become integrated and active participants in the larger health care ecosystem through policy and practice solutions in four focus areas: 1) Adopting a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) practice; 2) Building a financially sustainable business model; 3) Implementing public health strategies to achieve population-level change; and 4) Engaging parent and youth consumers to improve health literacy and self-management.
To learn more about the New Directions for School-Based Health Grants initiative, the grantees, and each grant project, please visit our website.
We are pleased to announce that the Delaware School Based Health Alliance has officially joined as our newest co-branded state affiliate. We look forward to working with them to advance school-based health care in Delaware!
Thank you for donating to the School-Based Health Alliance. You can read about some of our recent and upcoming activities below.
It’s National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month!
February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month! Throughout the month, the School-Based Health Alliance and our partners have been collecting and sharing stories about how school-based health centers (SBHCs) are leading the way in providing preventative health care services for our nation’s children and adolescents. Visit our website to read stories from New Mexico and Connecticut, and stay tuned for more updates throughout the rest of the month!
School-Based Health Alliance Urges Congress to Pass SBHC Program Authorization Bill
Legislation to allow $50 million in operations funding for SBHCs (H.R. 2632) was introduced in Congress by Rep. Lois Capps (CA 24) and dozens of other Representatives. The School-Based Health Alliance is doing everything it can to urge Members of Congress to pass this bill. But we also need every SBHC provider and advocate across the country to contact their representatives in order to secure these funds for the only federal program exclusively dedicated to SBHCs. Click here NOW to engage your national elected officials in this vital campaign!
Save the Date for the 2014 National School-Based Health Care Convention
The 2014 National School-Based Health Care Convention will be held at the Westin Hotel in Seattle, WA, June 29 – July 2, 2014. The 2014 theme is School-Based Health Care: The Convergence of Population Health, Education, and Primary Care. The preliminary program and a link for registration will be posted on our website soon, so check back often!
Thank You for Your Support!
Thank you for supporting the School-Based Health Alliance. We are so close to our $24,000 goal! With the end of 2013 quickly approaching, we hope you will consider us when making your year-end donations.
We have two great updates for you in this report. The first involves an exciting meeting our Youth Advisory Council held in Washington, DC. The second is an update on the 2014 National School-Based Health Care Convention, to be held in Seattle, Washington.
Our Youth Advisory Council Meets with U.S. Secretary of Education
The five members of the School-Based Health Alliance’s Youth Advisory Council travelled to Washington, DC September 26 to meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with members of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Council provided the Secretary with insight into how the Affordable Care Act affects young people and offered suggestions to the administration on how they can encourage young people to enroll in the upcoming health care exchanges.
152 Abstracts Submitted for the 2014 Convention
Our call for abstracts closed for the 2014 National School-Based Health Care Convention closed on November 12. This year we received 152 abstracts, more than we received for the 2013 convention. We are reviewing the abstracts now and are excited to announce the workshops and presenters for the 2014 convention. Stay tuned for more information!
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.
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.
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
The Current State of School-Based Health Care!
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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