Youth Safety Net Project

Social and economic conditions—such as food, housing, family supports, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)—have a profound effect on the health, well-being, and success of our nation’s young people.  can promote positive outcomes for youth by creating approaches to health that push upstream of disease and take on the public health lens of whole child, comprehensive care. If successful, safety net providers can extend their influence beyond the school and clinic walls and into the community to influence population-level health outcomes.

The Youth Safety Net Project helps school-based and community safety net providers find that success using a social determinants of health (SDOH) approach. Through a diverse set of activities, The Youth Safety Net Project translates the science of population health into practical clinical tools and competencies that get to the root cause of poor health for our nation’s youth.

Products from this initiative (including toolkits, blogs, and more) are organized around three topic areas:

In addition, the Youth Safety Net Project has pushed us to keep an SDOH frame in mind across our trainings (webinars and convention), needs assessments, technical assistance, and in our literature database.

School-Based Health and Medical-Legal Partnerships

The Alliance most recently partnered with the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership to create a fact sheet that describes common social and legal needs that affect the health of youth and ways that integrated legal services can help meet those needs. It also examines medical-legal partnership programs at two school-based health centers and how they operate, and it shares stories of students benefiting from medical-legal partnership services. Download the fact sheet here.

Addressing Diabetes Risk Factors in Elementary School Children Through Community Partnerships

The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC) and the School Based Health Alliance (the Alliance) are convening a learning collaborative of health centers interested in enhancing efforts to prevent, screen for, and manage pre-diabetic indicators among elementary school-aged children through school partnerships. Participants will learn from experts as well as each other throughout the learning collaborative. Learn more here.

Project Updates

Special Learning Session: Addressing Diabetes Risk Factors in Elementary School Children Through Community Partnerships (April 2019)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Join us for the final module of a four-part learning collaborative hosted by the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium and the School-Based Health Alliance! Presenters will share three programs that utilize evidence-based guidelines for preventing, screening, and managing diabetes risk factors in elementary-aged children that health centers can bring to local schools. Participants are encouraged to access the below resources to familiarize themselves with key takeaways from the learning collaborative to date.

Read more about the special learning session.

In Module 4, we invite you to learn about additional clinical interventions to provide care for school-aged children and their families and develop action plans for cross-sector partnership. The following clinicians will present:

Speakers: Jessica Wallace, PA, Montbello Family Health Center, Denver Health, Eve-Lynn Nelson, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center, and James Huang, M.D., Core Faculty, Unity Health Care.

We invite you to share in the work of this learning collaborative in this special open session.1 CME/CNE credit will be available.

Click here to learn more.

Announcing the Adolescent Health ECHO (Winter 2019)

Want to improve the adolescent-friendliness of your health center, and provide better care to adolescent patients? Are you interested in virtually working with and learning from other community health centers and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) across the country? If you’re a primary care or behavioral health provider, clinic nurse, medical assistant, or health educator and answered yes to these questions, register for the School-Based Health Alliance’s Adolescent Health ECHO today!

Read more about the Adolescent Health ECHO.

Virtual learnings will be conducted Thursdays at 12:00pm EST from January-May 2019. Over eight 90-minute sessions,  Participants and faculty will explore a number of topics centered on Adolescent Friendly Environments, Preventive Well Care, Behavioral Health, and Sexual/Reproduction Health. Such topics include parent/community engagement, risk behavior counseling, self-harm and suicidal ideation, and transgender transition care.

Learn more about the Project ECHO Model with this video overview and at

Clinic Benefits

  • Participate in case-based clinical learning discussions focused on improving clinical care for adolescents and creating adolescent-friendly environments.
  • Gain critical knowledge on how to identify and manage adolescent patients’ mental health, sexual reproductive health, and well care through brief didactics on topics of interest to learners.
  • Become an adolescent expert and advocate for your patients, practice, and community.
  • Receive 1.5 CEUs per session (12 CEUs total) at no cost from APHA or NASW.

Who Can Apply?

Each community health center or FQHC must have at least one primary care provider and one behavioral health provider to apply. Space is limited so apply early!

How to Apply

Access the fillable application here (be sure to download the application before completing).

If you have any questions, please contact our Adolescent Health TeleECHO Coordinator, Seleena Moore, at (202) 370-4383 or

See this flyer for more information and feel free to share it with your networks!

Safety net providers are clinicians who serve vulnerable populations—individuals who live in medically underserved communities who could be experiencing poverty, underinsurance or lack of insurance, homelessness, and discrimination—regardless of financial circumstances, insurance status, or health conditions. These facilities are most often located in or nearby the communities they serve. “Core” safety net providers include community health centers, school-based health centers, rural clinics, and local health departments.