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.
It’s 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. Celebrating awareness month will offer 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. Use this observance to educate your local leaders. Tell your stories, highlight your data, organize a tour, and rally your partners.
The success of awareness month—and the SBHC model—will be a result of your grassroots advocacy and support. We can make sure our message is more robust than ever, especially in the midst of a changing health care landscape. Let’s face the future… together.
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Awareness Month Twitter Chat
We’re looking to make a big splash on Twitter at 2:00pm Eastern on February 23, and we’d love for you to join us. The Alliance will host a Twitter chat focused on why the school-based health care model is a gamechanger for expanding health care access for kids and teens—and why we need to fight for the model with a new presidential administration and in this changing health care environment.
Follow along and participate in the conversation using the hashtag #SBHCmonth17. Planning to participate? Send Anna Burns an email for more details.
We hosted our first annual awareness month Twitter chat on February 23, 2016. We’re happy to say that more than 210 individuals and organizations participated in the chat, garnering over 4.5 million impressions and 1,200+ tweets. The chat focused on how SBHCs improve child and adolescent health. Read the fascinating conversation by searching the #SBHCmonth16 hashtag.