2018 National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month


Giving Students the Mental Health Care They Deserve

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, we tapped into a topic that’s already front-of-mind for many Americans. In light of the increasing need for mental health services for children and youth in the wake of our nation’s opioid crisis, the school-based health care field considered this question:

How are SBHCs uniquely suited to provide care to the kids and teens whose lives are most affected by the opioid epidemic?

Your response to our 2018 awareness month was astounding.

Check out our awareness month wrap-up blog post. You facilitated official proclamations in your state legislature for the commemoration, hosted youth-led advocacy campaigns, shared your stories via social media and newsletters, and made your school-based health center staff feel remarkably special. We hope that celebrating awareness month afforded you tremendous opportunities to educate your national, state, and local policymakers about the importance of school-based health and the strong support it has in their community/state.

On the last day of awareness month, we hosted two highly-attended Congressional briefings on Capitol Hill. These were focused on highlighting the essential role that SBHCs play as part of a coordinated community response to the opioid crisis. We thank all of you who contacted your Members of Congress and invited them to our briefings. They wouldn’t have been such a success without your efforts!

Awareness Month Twitter Chat

The hashtag for 2018 Awareness Month was #SBHCmonth18. On Tuesday, February 20, the Alliance hosted a Twitter chat titled “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies: SBHCs and Child/Adolescent Health” and, along with school-based health care advocates from across the country, we took Twitter by storm! Thanks to you, our #SBHCmonth18 chat garnered over 4.5 impressions on Twitter. Check out the executive summary of the chat here.

What’s Your SBHC Story?

We want to hear from you! What did you do for awareness month? Email your story to Anna Burns (aburns@sbh4all.org) and don’t forget to include pictures! With your permission, we’ll use your story for future blogs and social media posts.

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