Preliminary Program

Check Out the Exciting Educational Program Available at this Year’s Convention!

photo of attendees at a 2017 Convention workshopListed below are the preconference (PC), plenary, and workshop (A1-J4) sessions being offered during the 2017 National School-Based Health Care Convention in Long Beach, CA. Click on a title to see a description of the session, including target audience. A pdf copy of the 2017 Preliminary Program is available for download. (Note that the PDF copy includes session titles only.)

Continuing Education

The School-Based Health Alliance is applying to provide continuing education credits for Psychology, Counseling, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Social Work, Marriage/ Family Therapy, and Drug/Alcohol and Dental. This activity has been submitted to the APHA/PHN for approval to award contact hours. The APHA/ PHN is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Pre-Conference Workshops

Opening Remarks and Plenary – 8:30am-9:30am
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John Schlitt, MSW; Judy Appel, JD, MCP; and California State Senator Ricardo Lara

Join local, state, and national school health care leaders and dignitaries as we kick off the 2017 convention. We’ll celebrate the past year’s highlights from the field and explore the political landscape for expanding school-based health care to young people and their families. Special youth guests will share their experiences and artistry for speaking out against the structural and cultural norms that are making their communities sick.

Speakers: John Schlitt, MSW, president, School-Based Health Alliance; Judy Appel, JD, MCP, executive director, California School-Based health Alliance; and California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)

Session A – 9:45am-11:00am
Session B – 11:30am-12:45am
Luncheon Plenary: How Childhood Adversity Affects Health Across a Lifetime and What We Can Do About It (Sponsored by Essilor and OneSight) – 1:00pm-2:30pm
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Presentation of 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award: Serena Clayton
Over the course of our movement’s history, there have been certain individuals who leave an indelible mark on the school-based health field—a mark that advances our movement and carries us to where we are today. Every year, we honor such an individual with our coveted Outstanding Achievement Award.

For 2017, Serena Clayton wholeheartedly deserves this recognition. Read more about Serena’s exemplary leadership.

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Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH

Featured Speaker: Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, founder and CEO for the Center for Youth Wellness, a nationally-recognized pediatric health organization based in San Francisco that works with children exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress, explains how early adversity can harm the developing brains and bodies of children and impact their long-term health and how we should respond to this urgent public health crisis. Her talk will delve into the surprising prevalence of ACEs across geographies and communities and highlight the biological pathways that are negatively impacted by early adversity. Finally, she’ll discuss existing models for prevention and intervention and explore cross-sector opportunities to mitigate the harmful impacts of ACEs.

Session C – 2:45pm-4:00pm
Session D – 4:15pm-5:30pm
Opening Reception, Exhibit Showcase, and Poster Session – 5:30pm-7:30pm
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Join the School-Based Health Alliance staff, exhibitors, and fellow attendees for an evening of networking and fun! The exhibit hall will be open during this time for you to check out the booths and meet other attendees. A poster session will also be held during this time. Click here for poster topics. Food and beverages will be available.

TUESDAY, JUNE 20 (California Day!)

Member Forum – 7:30am-8:30am
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Members of the School-Based Health Alliance are invited to have breakfast with Alliance staff and board members. Come meet the people whose goal is to help the school-based health care field move forward and succeed. This is your opportunity to ask questions and seek expert advise.

SBHC Site Visit to Roosevelt Elementary – 8:30am-11:30am
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The Children’s Clinic (TCC) is a nationally-certified Trauma Informed Care Practice center. TCC operates four school-based health centers in the Long Beach Unified School District. Join us as we visit the Family Health Center at Roosevelt Elementary to learn about TCC’s programs and services. Learn how TCC partners with the school district and community partners to provide critical services to youth and their families.

Exhibit Hall Opens – 7:30am – 2:45pm

Session E – 8:30am – 9:45am
Session F – 10:15am – 11:30am
California Day Luncheon       12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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If you are a Californian, join us for a lively lunch program where you can network with colleagues, meet Judy Appel, our new Executive Director, get CA specific policy updates, and play a fun and interactive California school-based health center trivia game.

General Attendees:  Lunch On Your Own: Visit with Exhibitors – 11:30am – 2:00pm

Session G – 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Session H – 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Evening Event at Cafe Sevilla Nightclub of Long Beach – 6:30pm – 10:00pm
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Ready to Salsa? Join us for dancing and fun at Cafe Sevilla Nightclub of Long Beach.

Interested in taking a Salsa lesson? Bring your family and friends to The Showroom, a VIP exclusive area within the Cafe Sevilla Nightclub for dancing, drinks, tapas, and fun. At 7:00pm join us on the dance floor for an one-hour Salsa lesson. Lite tapas and cash bar available. The fee is $10 per person. Tickets will be sold at the registration desk. For more information, visit:


Session I – 8:30am – 9:45am
Session J – 10:00 – 11:15am
Closing Plenary: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete – 11:30am-1:00pm
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Jeff Duncan-Andrade, PhD

What are the material conditions that affect urban youth before they even step foot in our classrooms? What does it mean to develop educational environments that are relevant and responsive to these conditions? How should these educational spaces define success for students and teachers? This session focuses on developing educators that are better equipped to create educational environments that understand and respond to the social toxins that emerge from racism and poverty.

The session closely examines the types of social toxins that young people face in the broader society and discusses the impact of these conditions on student identities. Inside this framing, Duncan-Andrade draws from his 20 years as an urban educator to explore the concept of hope, as essential for nurturing urban youth.

He first identifies three forms of “false hope” — hokey hope, mythical hope, and hope deferred — pervasive in and peddled by many urban schools. Discussion of these false hopes then gives way to Duncan-Andrade’s conception of “critical hope,” explained through the description of three necessary elements of educational practice that produce and sustain true hope. Through the voices of young people and their teachers, and the invocation of powerful metaphor and imagery, Duncan-Andrade proclaims critical hope’s significance for an education that relieves undeserved suffering in communities.

Keynote: Jeff Duncan-Andrade PhD, founder, Roses in Concrete Community School