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.

Project Updates

Announcing the Adolescent Health TeleECHO Clinic (Fall 2017)

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 TeleECHO Clinic today!

Read more about the Adolescent Health TeleECHO Clinic.

Virtual learnings will be conducted Thursdays at 12:00pm EST from January-May 2018. Four content areas will be delivered over eight 90-minute sessions.

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 3 CEUs per content area at no cost.This activity has been submitted to APHA/PHN for approval to award contact hours.

Who Can Apply?

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

How to Apply

Access the application here.

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.