Current Initiatives

For more than two decades, the School-Based Health Alliance has worked with our national and local state partnering organizations to develop resources, learning labs, and initiatives that help to build and improve the capacity of school-based health providers in responding to child and adolescent health.

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Hallways to Health: Can an SBHC be a catalyst that changes the health landscape of an entire school? We set out to answer this question in 2013 with our Hallways to Health initiative, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools.

National Quality Initiative: The School-Based Health Alliance and the Center for School Mental Health launched the joint School Health Services National Quality Initiative in 2014. The goal of this initiative is to grow the number of SBHCs and comprehensive school mental health programs (CSMHPs) and improve the quality of their services.

New Directions for School-Based Health: The New Directions for School-Based Health Grant—funded by CVS Health and administered by the School-Based Health Alliance—will build the capacity of the school-based health care field to become integrated and active participants in the larger health care ecosystem through policy and practice solutions.

Partnership for Adolescent Sexual Health: Working in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other national education and public health partners, the School-Based Health Alliance will establish learning collaboratives to promote efforts to reduce HIV, other STDs, and unintended pregnancy, as well as reduce behaviors that contribute to health risks among adolescents.

Policy Collaborative to Sustain SBHCsWith the goal of positioning school-based health centers (SBHCs) more prominently within state health care finance and delivery reforms, the School-Based Health Alliance is spearheading a multistate, 18-month policy learning collaborative.

School-Based Oral Health ServicesTooth decay is the most prevalent and preventable chronic disease of children in the United States. To address this, the Alliance partnered with the DentaQuest Foundation in 2015 to launch the Innovation in School-Based Oral Health Services initiative.

Substance Abuse Disorders in SBHCs: The School-Based Health Alliance is conducting a two-year pilot project to train a group of school-based health providers in screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) methods and test the feasibility of this approach in a school-based setting.

Youth Safety Net Project: Transforming health across the safety net requires building upon the existing assets of our most vulnerable children and adolescents; as well as providing high-quality, culturally respectful, integrated care. With support from the Bureau of Primary Health Care, the School-Based Health Alliance is linking safety net providers with the skills and training to boost population-level health outcomes for school-aged children and adolescents.