Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport

February 17, 2017

By John Schlitt, President, School-Based Health Alliance Democracy is not a spectator sport, as the saying goes. The resistance marches and noisy town hall meetings between elected officials and constituents across the nation are a great reminder that democracies thrive when citizens engage. Participation is a necessary ingredient. This...

Dear Mr. President

January 30, 2017

By John Schlitt, President, School-Based Health Alliance Congratulations, Mr. President. Now the work begins, as you remarked just hours into your new job. I take to heart one reflection in your inaugural address that rings true: “Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and...

The Importance of Prevention: A Look at National Runaway Safeline and the Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum

January 10, 2017

By Lindsey Kahney, Prevention Specialist, National Runaway Safeline The issue of runaway, homeless, and “throwaway” youth impacts every community and school in the country. We know adolescence is a difficult time. While all youth experience a certain degree of stress in their daily lives, imagine the added stress of...

Innovative Finance Case Study: Hospital Community Benefit (HCB)

November 4, 2016

The disbursement of community benefit is a big business for nonprofit hospitals, which in 2011 spent an estimated $62 billion (an average of 7% total operating expenses) on programs, services, and subsidies in exchange for special tax-exempt status. The precision with which community benefit is defined has been a...

Innovative Finance Case Study: Tax Levies for Children’s Services

October 26, 2016

Finish this sentence: “Read my lips, ‘No new _______.’” While few would ever admit to liking them, taxes provide a stable and substantial source of revenue to essential public services. Taxation can include excise taxes (like on sugary drinks or tobacco), dedicated levies based on property values or income,...

New School Year, New Mindset: Hallways to Health Implements Innovative Strategies for Social-Emotional Health

October 25, 2016

By Jordanna Snyder, Program Manager, School-Based Health Alliance and Nataki Duncan, Program Assistant, School-Based Health Alliance Shifting from lazy summer days to a busy school year can be overwhelming. Hallways to Health school-based health centers (SBHCs) have been helping students, school staff, and employees make a smooth transition by...

Innovative Finance Case Study: Wellness Trusts

October 6, 2016

It is a long-standing conundrum of our health care system: with delivery and finance organized around the treatment and management of acute and chronic conditions, who pays to prevent disease—or support decisions and behaviors that contribute to wellbeing? Wellness trusts have been championed by thought leaders over the years...

Social Determinants of Adolescent Health: Screening Students for Community Needs

October 4, 2016

Coordinating Care around the Social Determinants of Health is a blog series featuring clinician stories that illustrate the impact of safety-net health centers coordinating adolescent care through a social determinants lens. Read more posts in the series here. By Seleena Moore, Program Manager, School-Based Health Alliance When addressing social...

2017 Call for Abstracts is Open!

September 30, 2016

HURRY! Deadline is November 6!

October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

September 30, 2016

By Donna Behrens, Project Advisor, School-Based Oral Health Services, School-Based Health Alliance We know that tooth decay is the most prevalent and preventable chronic disease for children in the U.S. today. Join the Alliance as we work to improve oral health for kids and teens across the country, and help...