Familiarize Yourself with the Literature on School-Based Health Centers

School-Based HealthIn July 2015, the School-Based Health Alliance launched its School-Based Health Center Literature Database. The database is a collection of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles that have been published about school-based health centers (SBHCs).

“This is a valuable resource that will be much used and appreciated by evaluators, researchers, grant writers, program planners, policymakers, and providers. Having these peer-reviewed publications available in one place will allow us to easily access relevant literature to improve access to and the quality of school health services for youth throughout the country.” – Sara Geierstanger, School Health Services Evaluator, University of California, San Francisco

The articles date back to the 1970s, with the first published in the American Journal of Public Health in 1977. The article is titled “An Experimental Comprehensive Health Clinic” and describes the planning and establishment of one of the first-ever SBHCs in Saint Paul, Minnesota, which focused on providing prenatal care to pregnant students.

Using the database, you can follow how the literature about SBHCs has developed during the past five decades and how the focus areas reflect the growth of our field. Literature in the 1970s and 80s focused heavily on SBHCs and reproductive health, but by the 1990s researchers were asking questions about SBHCs and their relationship to access to care, absenteeism, and behavioral health. In the past few years, researchers have expanded these inquiries into SBHCs and telehealth, oral health, and obesity prevention.

“This database demonstrates how SBHC research has evolved over the last five decades. It helps us not only understand where we’ve been but where we need to go. We continue to make the case for how SBHCs impact health care access and outcomes, and in recent years, there is increasing evidence about how SBHCs support students’ academic success. It is exciting to have all of this research in one easily accessible database, and will be even more exciting to watch it grow with the ever-expanding literature base supporting the SBHC model.” – Samira Soleimanpour, Senior Researcher, University of California, San Francisco, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

We hope this database will be a valuable tool for providers, academics and researchers interested in both studying and implementing the SBHC model. The database is easily sorted by topic, grade-level focus, year-published, and author name. Each entry includes the article’s objective, findings, and a link to its abstract.

“Another terrific contribution from the School-Based Health Alliance! It is impressive to see the breadth and depth of research findings on school-based health care. We are clearly having an impact!” – John Santelli, MD, MPH, Chair, Population and Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

We hope you find this tool useful. We will continue to update it regularly as we come across new research. If you are aware of specific peer-reviewed articles that have been published about SBHCs but are not found in our database, please use the form on the page to submit the article to be included in the database.

Visit the School-Based Health Center Literature Database today to get started!


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