Preliminary Program

Check Out the Exciting Educational Program Available at this Year’s Convention!

photo of attendees at a 2017 Convention workshopListed below are the preconference (PC), plenary, and workshop (A1-H9) sessions being offered during the 2018 National School-Based Health Care Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Click on a title to see a description of the session, including target audience. You can also download a PDF copy of the 2018 Preliminary Program here.

Continuing Education

The School-Based Health Alliance has applied to provide continuing education credits for Psychologist, Counselors, Nurses, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Health Educators, Social Workers, Marriage/Family Therapist, Drug/Alcohol Therapist, Medical Doctors and Dental professionals.


Pre-Conference Workshops
PC1: School-Based Telehealth 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Successfully Using Telehealth in Schools

PC2: SBHC Nuts and Bolts: Part 1

PC3: SBHC Nuts and Bolts: Part 2

PC4: Reaching Beyond 'Just Say No' to Adolescent Focused Motivational Interviewing

PC5: Promoting Schools as Hubs of Wellness:The Hallways to Health Model

PC6: SBIRT Motivational Interviewing Booster Session


Session A – 8:30am-9:45am
A1: 2016-17 National School-Based Health Care Census: Findings and Advances

A2: A School-Friendly Health System’s Approach to SBHCs in the Nation’s Capital

A3: Supporting Success for Pregnant and Parenting Students in SBHCs

A4: Vision Screening: What?!? No Snellen or Sailboat Charts?

A5: Hospital Tax-Exemption Requirements: Opportunities for Collaboration with School Based Health Centers

A6/B6: The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (WSCC): A Collaborative Approach to Improving Children’s Health

A7: Utilizing the Trauma-Responsive School Implementation Assessment to enhance trauma programming and policies.

A8: Identification and Evidence-based Psychopharmacologic Treatment: ADHD, Depressive Disorders and Anxiety Disorders Within a “Safe Space”: A Primer for Primary Care Prescribers

A9: Expectation v. Reality

Session B – 10:15am-11:30am
B1: Moving Beyond Metrics: An All-Hands-On-Deck Approach to Improving SBHC Well Visit Rates

B2: Get Them In, Keep Them Coming Back: SBHC Outreach and “Inreach” Strategies

B3: Bridging the Adolescence Care Gap: Expanding Telehealth from Acute Care to Behavioral Health Care in Schools

B4: Impact of Vision on Learning: How Vision Can Alter a Child's Life in the Classroom

B5: Mental Health Matters: Identifying High Risk Behaviors in Freshman Students

B7: Youth-Adult Partnership in Action: Lessons for Building and Sustaining a Youth Action Council Program

B8: Medication Assisted Treatment for Adolescents with Opioid Use Disorders: Creating New Pathways to Care with SBHCs

Luncheon Plenary – 11:45am-1:15pm
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Featured Speaker: Kevin Hines
Presenter Kevin Hines will tell his awe-inspiring story of how he went from a suicide leap off the Golden Gate Bridge to become the 2016 recipient of the Mental Health America’s Clifford W. Beers Award for his efforts to improve the lives of and attitudes toward people with mental illness. In addition to suicide prevention, Kevin’s evidence-informed program will also focus on recovery, resilience, brain health, and wellness.

Session C – 1:30pm-2:45pm
C4: The Urgency of Eye Sight & Education: How Healthy Vision Ensures a Successful Baseline for Learning

C1/D1: Transforming SBHCs Through School-Based Medical Home Recognition

C2: Developing a Sustainability Plan for Evidence-Based Mental Health Interventions in School-Based Health Centers

C3/D3: Medical-Legal Partnerships in Schools: A Powerful Way to Address the Needs of Vulnerable Youth and their Families

C5: A New Look at the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Model for Use in Schools

C6: Administrative Management and Quality Assurance in a Successful Mobile Dental Program

C7: Community-Led Approaches to Prevent Adolescent HIV and STD: School-Based Health Care Can Lead the Way in Primary Prevention of Challenging Issues

C8: #SCAT3 Changes the Game

C9: Telehealth Integration into School-based Health Clinics – Focus on Asthma and Childhood Obesity

Session D – 3:15pm-4:45pm
D2: Increasing Academic Outcomes: Expanding the Community Learning Centers (SBHCs) to Early Childhood

D4: Reducing Chlamydia in School Populations by Combining Evidenced Based Modalities

D5: Pathway to Equity: A School and Community System to Address Mental Health

D6: On-Site Dental Care in Schools: Using Telehealth-Connected Teams and Virtual Dental Homes to Improve Children’s Health and School Performance

D7: Armed with Data -Tackling Chronic Absence with an Interprofessional Collaborative Attendance Team

D8: Hoof Beats Sometimes Do Mean Zebras MMXVIII

D9: Implementing Telehealth for Primary and Specialty Care

Opening Reception, Exhibit Showcase, and Poster Session – 5:00pm-7:00pm
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Join the School-Based Health Alliance staff, exhibitors, and fellow attendees for an evening of networking and fun! The exhibit hall will be open during this time for you to check out the booths and meet other attendees. A poster session will also be held during this time. Click here for poster topics. Food and beverages will be available.


SBHC Site Visit: Paramount School of Excellence Uses Programmatic Innovations to Create Opportunities for Health and Academic Success – 8:30am-11:30am
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Paramount School of Excellence, a K-8 Charter School, is the third highest performing public school in Indianapolis’ densely populated Marion County. Paramount believes that school readiness is a health issue and works to increase student growth with that framing in mind. Students at this school face a myriad of challenges, as the diverse student population sits at just under 90% poverty. By balancing the intense rigor of the educational process with exciting hands-on experiences, students can have every opportunity to succeed.

Tommy Reddicks, BA, MA, Executive Director, Paramount School of Excellence, Indianapolis, IN
Jessica Monk, BA, MS, Network Operations Manager, Paramount School of Excellence, Indianapolis, IN

Session E – 8:30am – 9:45am
E1: Accelerating SBHC Success through National SBHC Quality Measures

E2: Demonstrating Health Center Value through Enabling Services Data Collection

E3: From Partnership to Shared Accountability: Reducing Health Disparities for Immigrant Youth

E4: The ABCs of Telehealth Policy

E5: Behavioral Health Screening in Urban Schools: Quality Improvement and Lessons Learned

E6/F6: Closing the Gap - Integrating Dental Care with SBHCs

E7: Reducing Health Disparities Among Underserved Youth: A Collaboration between Nutrition and Mental Health

E8/F8: First Encounters and Beyond: Assessment, Initial Management and Crisis Intervention for Adolescents with Anxiety and Depression in SBHC

E9: Championing Comprehensive Asthma Care in School Based Health Centers

Session F – 10:15am – 11:30am
F1: Engaging Adolescents in HPV Quality Improvement

F2: Building Strategic Partnerships: The Linchpin of SBHC Sustainability

F3: Building a Trauma-Sensitive High School

F4: Removing Barriers to Learning – How to Build a School-Based Vision Center in 7 Easy Steps

F5: The Time to Change is Now: Moving Beyond the Traditional Mental Health Model

F7: Opportunities Earned: Developing a Whole School Integrated Team that Provides Social and Emotional Learning and Mental Health Supports

F9: Be a STAR: Enhance Student Wellness in your School Through Telemedicine

Luncheon and Plenary – 11:45am – 1:15pm
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Youth Leadership in SBHCs and Beyond
One of the School-Based Health Alliance Youth Advisory Council Leaders, Nicole Carrillo, will lead a panel of teens and young adults in a 45-minute discussion about the potential for youth leadership to help transform schools as hubs of wellness, safety, civic engagement, and healing.

Nicole Cardoza, Founder, Yoga Foster, Brooklyn, NY

Anna Casalme, Co-founder, Novelly; Board of Directors, School-Based Health Alliance, Washington, DC

Mendell Grinter, Founder, Campaign for School Equity, Memphis, TN

Session G – 1:30pm – 2:45pm
G1: “Rev-up” Your Adolescent Well Care Visits While Accelerating Adolescents’ HPV Knowledge and Vaccination Uptake

G2: Developing Innovative Reimbursement Models for Behavioral Health Services in SBHCs

G3: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Supporting Youth Experiencing Homelessness through Collaboration

G4: Click it or Clinic: How can health resources show up for students?

G5: Good Play/Bad Play: Drama Therapy with Put-at-Risk Youth

G6: State Coalition and Local Student Alliance Council: Working Together for Better Oral Health

G7: The Policy Playbook: Top Tactics for Catalyzing Youth-Driven School-Based Health Advocacy

G8: Motivational Interviewing as a Tool for Partner Services

G9: Confident and Competent Care for Students at Risk for Anaphylaxis at School

Session H – 3:15pm – 4:30pm
H1: The Power of Data and Data Sharing: Colorado’s Data Hub Concept

H2: Pedal to the Medal: Three states’ winning formulas for accelerating growth of sustainable SBHCs with minimal resources

H3: Using Evidence-Based Approaches to Develop Program Services for Pregnant and Parenting Students

H4: Integrating Public Health Practices in a School Based Health Center

H5: Addressing Obesity, Feeding and Eating Disorders, and Body Image Dissatisfaction among LGBTQ Youth

H6: How Do We Get To “Yes”: Strategies to Increase Positive Consent for School Health Services

H7: Get Your School Healthy and Ready to Learn

H8: The “WAZE” to planning your family vs. Family Planning

H9: Why Johnny and Jane Can’t Focus in the Classroom: The Relationship Between Learning Challenges and Vision Disorders

H10: Teens and School Health: Utilizing Human Centered Design to Improve Engagement in Oral and Overall Health

Evening Event – 7:00pm – 10:00pm
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Join School-Based Health Alliance for a free evening of music and dancing.

DJ, Lite Appetizers, Cash Bar

Tavern On South
423 West South Street
Within walking distance of the convention hotel.


PC7: Oral Health 2020 School Goal Convening (Invitation Only) – 9:00am – 3:30pm
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The School-Based Health Alliance identified a gap between Oral Health Practice professionals’ ability to demonstrate the connection between their work in school-based healthcare and its impact on academic and public health outcomes. Using multiple mechanisms, including judgment of the CE planning group, learner feedback and other information, this educational activity is designed to increase practitioners’ knowledge, skills, and performance in one’s practice.

Tammy Alexander, BS, MEd, Director, School Oral Health Program, School-Based Health Alliance, Washington, DC

Donna Behrens, RN, MPH, Project Advisor, School Oral Health Program, School-Based Health Alliance, Washington, DC


PC8: National School-Based SBIRT Stakeholder Convening (Invitation Only) – 9:00am – 5:00pm
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Research shows that the majority of substance use begins in adolescence, when developing brains are at their most vulnerable.  We also know that young people are 21 times more likely to visit a School-Based Health Center (SBHC) for behavioral health support than a community-based clinic.  SBHC ease of access, comfort, and tailored care in young peoples’ regular environments are a natural fit for youth substance use prevention initiatives, such as Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).  A great deal of impressive SBIRT work is being done in school-based settings across the country, and the School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA), with generous support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, is pleased to host a convening to bring said stakeholders together to share the complementary work already happening, evaluate the progress of adolescent SBIRT in schools to date, and collaborate to determine next steps to increase the impact of this work.

Katy Stinchfield, MS, LPC, Senior Program Manager, School-Based Health Alliance, Washington, DC

Laura Brey, BA, MS, Vice President for Strategy and Knowledge Management, School-Based Health Alliance, Washington, DC

Youth Program

YouthB: Confronting Addiction Begins with Teens: One Choice for Healthy Brains

YouthC/D: Health Care Simulation Activity

YouthE/F: Inclusive Youth Lead SBHC Advocacy and Resource Development Efforts

YouthH: Youth Program Wrap-up