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. Click here to download a PDF copy of the Preliminary Program. (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
PC1: First Encounters: Behavioral Health Skills for Primary Care Clinicians in SBHCs
PC2: School-Based Telehealth 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Successfully Using Telehealth in Schools
PC3: New and improved SBHC Business School 3.0 - Strategies to Increase Business and Performance Practices for Improving Utilization and Efficiency
PC4: Oral Health 2020 School Oral Health Goal Convening - Grantees Only
PC5: Hallways to Health End-Point Meeting (Invitation Only)

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
A1: Readying the Adolescent Patient for Adult-Centered Care: Adapting a National Transition Model to SBHCs
A2: Moving Beyond Clinic Walls into Schools: Opportunities for Education-Healthcare Partnerships to Address School Health under ESSA and the Free Care Policy Change
A3: Vision and Learning and the Role and Impact of the Medical and Educational Homes in Providing Universal Vision Care to Children
A4: Redefining the Partnership Between A School and SBHC to Provide Behavioral Interventions
A5: The Colorado Medical Dental Integration Program in Urban and Rural SBHCs
A6: Tell Your Story with Data: Using the Children's Health and Education Mapping Tool to Expand the SBHC Model
A7: Meeting the Continuum of Student Mental Health Needs from MTSS to Individualized Treatment
A8: An Innovative Cross-Cutting Approach to Enhancing Population-Based Health Outcomes
Session B – 11:30am-12:45am
B1: Leveraging Existing School- and Population-level Data Sources to Evaluate the Impact of SBHCs
B2: Youth Partnership in Sex Ed, Sexual Health Services, and Safe and Supportive Clinic Environments
B3: National Laws and Policies Driving Children’s Vision and Eye Health Programs
B4: Seed Digging: Sowing Happy Seeds and Pulling Weeds in a Child's Garden
B5: Oral Health: Luxury or Necessity? You Decide...
B6: SBHCs and Healthy People 2020 Make Natural Partners
B7: Protecting Sexually Active Teens Requires More Than A Trojan: Overcoming Barriers to Integrating Adolescent Sexual Health Screening and Risk Counseling into Practice
B8: Addressing Food Insecurity through SBHCs: A Pilot Project
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
C1: Data Collection and Reporting: Strategies for Documenting Performance
C2: SBHCs Taking Part in Health Systems Transformation
C3: Building a Sustainable Vision Center in Your School - Assessing the Need, Start-up Process and Key Operations
C4: Internal Pain, External Bruises: The Truth and Myths About Self-harming
C5: Telehealth Technology in School Settings: Diverse Perspectives on Success, Performance Measurement, and Sustainability - PART I
C6: Listening to Heal: Understanding and Addressing Historical and Racial Trauma in Schools - PART I
C7: Academic Re-entry into the School Setting Following a Concussion (Return to Learn)
C8: Ensuring Population Health in Schools: The Hallways to Health Story
Session D – 4:15pm-5:30pm
D1: Putting the Mouth Back in the Body
D2: Building A Comprehensive School-Based Vision Clinic: Challenges and Solutions
D3: Healing for Liberation - CANCELLED
D4: Telehealth Technology in School Settings: Diverse Perspectives on Success, Performance Measurement, and Sustainability - PART II
D5: Listening to Heal: Understanding and Addressing Historical and Racial Trauma in Schools - PART II
D6: Building Partnerships with a Managed Care Organization: An Exemplar
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
E1: Attendance Matters: The Impact of Academic Data Availability on SBHC Provider Behavior, Services Delivered, and Student Outcomes
E2: Collaborating with Health Plans: Lessons Learned in Promoting and Sustaining Population Health
E3: Eyes on the Prize: Developing Successful Partnerships to Expand and Sustain Vision Services
E4: Mental Health Community Health Worker: Linking Behavioral Health Providers, School Personnel, and Healthcare Providers
E5: School-Based Oral Health Policies
E6: Creating Trauma-informed Schools
E7: Best Practices in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care: Building the Capacity of School Health Staff to Provide High Quality Services and Education to Adolescents
E8: A Win-Win for All: How a SBHC-University Partnership Can Improve SBHC Outcomes
Session F – 10:15am – 11:30am
F1: Measuring Success: Improving SHC Evaluation Using a Results-Based Accountability Framework
F2: Better Together: A Policy Learning Collaborative Laying the Groundwork for Change
F3: Utilizing Innovative School-Clinic Partnerships to Impact Population Health and Support Clinic Sustainability
F4: Best Practices in Universal Mental Health Screening and School Community-Partnerships to Promote Student Mental Health
F5: A Model for Culturally-Targeted School-Based Dental Care in a Time of Increasing Need for Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color
F6: Health and Chronic Absence: The Role of SBHCs in Improving Attendance
F7: Using Bright Future Guidelines to Improve Preventive Care in Your Clinic Setting
F8: Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition--It's Possible!
California Day Luncheon       11:30am – 2:00 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
G1: How Statewide Quality Improvement Starts Local: Opportunities for Title V MCH and SBHC Systems to Advance Adolescent Health
G2: How to Start and Sustain a School Health Initiative - Part I
G3: Creating Cultures of Healing in Schools: Integrating the Siloed Trauma-informed Approaches
G4: Steering Clear of Crisis: A Proactive Prevention Using Coordinated Collaboration
G5: Sink Your Teeth Into Student Learning: How School Sealant Programs Can Improve Health and Academic Performance - PART I
G6: Breaking Down Walls: Strategies Towards an Integrated Approach to the Care of Immigrant Students - PART I
G7: Expanding Long-acting Reversible Contraception Services Onsite in NYC SBHCs
G8: Providing Mental Health Care for Youth with Non-Binary Gender Identities
Session H – 3:45pm – 5:00pm
H1: Making the CoIIN Your Currency: Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Networks for SBHC Sustainability and Quality
H2: How to Start and Sustain a School Health Initiative - Part II
H3: Nothing about Us, without Us, is For Us
H4: Using Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) as a Tool for Building Healthier Communities
H5: Sink Your Teeth Into Student Learning: How School Sealant Programs Can Improve Health and Academic Performance - PART II
H6: Breaking Down Walls: Strategies Towards an Integrated Approach to the Care of Immigrant Students - PART II
H7: The Prevalence and Learning Consequences of Health Barriers to Learning in Medically Underserved Children: A Review of the Literature
H8: California Policy Caucus
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
I1: Improving Mental Health Outcomes in School Based Clinics
I2: Just Health: School Based Medical-Legal Partnerships to Address Social Determinants of Health
I3: Solving the Consent Conundrum: Innovative Strategies to Increase Return Rates for School Health Programs
Session J – 10:00 – 11:15am
J1: Unions and School-Based Health Care--Important Partners
J2: PREDICT (Population-centered Risk- and Evidence-based Dental Interprofessional Care Team)
J3: Compassion Fatigue Resiliency: Fostering Hope and Empathic Connections for SBHC Staff Wellness
J4: Hoof Beats Sometimes Do Mean Zebras
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

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