Facing the Future… TOGETHER!
Advocating for the Safety Net in a Changing Health Care Environment
Every February, the school-based health care community celebrates National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month—an opportunity to recognize our success and raise awareness about how school-based health centers (SBHCs) are revolutionizing the way children and adolescents access health care services.
This year continues to be a pivotal moment for the school-based health care model. With the new administration and Congress looking for ways to reduce Medicaid and health care spending, the school-based health field needs to rally behind a common vision—now more than ever. We hope that celebrating awareness month offered you tremendous opportunities to educate national, state, and local policymakers about the importance of school-based health and the strong support it has in their community/state. Many of your policymakers are new and know very little to nothing about school-based health, its benefits, or funding streams. We hope you were able to use this observance to educate your local leaders by telling your stories, highlighting your data, organizing a tour, and rallying your partners.
The success of this year’s awareness month—and the SBHC model—was a result of your grassroots advocacy and support!
Awareness Month Twitter Chat
Thanks to YOU, our #SBHCmonth17 Twitter chat fostered 1,823 tweets from 261 individual participants about the value of school-based health care and garnered over 4.2 million impressions on Twitter.
Please access the executive summary of the awareness month Twitter chat here.
What’s Your SBHC Story?
We want to hear from you! What did you do for awareness month? Submit your story in the form below, and don’t forget to include pictures! With your permission, we’ll use your story for future blogs and social media posts.