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