2018 Awareness Month Briefings

Join us for two briefings on Wednesday, February 28 that will highlight the essential role that school-based health centers (SBHCs) play as part of a coordinated community response to the nation’s current opioid crisis.

Child health experts will share how SBHCs are meeting the increased mental health needs of the lesser known victims of this epidemic – children who are affected by their parents’ or families’ struggles with addiction. There aren’t enough mental health providers available for these young people, and their need is growing. School-based health centers are part of a comprehensive community response, providing the mental health care that children deserve.

We’ll explore the ways in which SBHCs are using technology, such as telehealth, to expand services to those who would otherwise go without and to add critical capacity to more isolated and rural communities. After presentations, there will be time to answer questions.


Kenneth Coleman, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Director of Community Health
St. John Providence, Ascension, Detroit, MI

Chris L. Kjolhede, M.D., MPH, FAAP
Attending Pediatrician
Director, School-Based Health Centers
Bassett Healthcare Network, Cooperstown, NY

Winston F. Wong, M.D., M.S.
Board Chair, School-Based Health Alliance
Medical Director, National Community Benefit
Director, Disparities Improvement & Quality Initiatives
Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA


Suzanne Mackey, MPH
Senior Policy and Program Manager
School-Based Health Alliance, Washington, DC

HOUSE BRIEFING (invitation) – Invite Your Representatives!
In cooperation with Congressman Faso and Congressman Sarbanes
Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2203
10:00am Eastern
SENATE BRIEFING (invitation) – Invite Your Senators!
In cooperation with Senator Stabenow
Russell Senate Office Building
Room 328 A (please note change in location)
2:00pm Eastern