Our VP of Development Shares Insights After His First Year with the Alliance

staff Larry BostianWhen Larry Bostian joined the School-Based Health Alliance one year ago as Vice President of Development, he brought more than 30 years of fundraising experience with him. As part of an effort to let the school-based health care field get to know us better, we’re spotlighting the Charlotte, NC, native this month.

Looking back over the past year, Larry says he’s most proud of gaining Kaiser Permanente’s renewed support for our Hallways to Health program. Hallways to Health is an initiative aimed at using school-based health centers (SBHCs) as catalysts to make entire schools and communities healthier, and as Larry puts it, “It’s just one example of a body of work we can feel really proud of.”

Another exciting part of that work, he says, is the School-Based Health Alliance’s new National Quality Initiative (NQI), which aims to increase the level of care at school-based health centers (SBHCs). “It has the potential to help us meet our ambitious #moreSBHCs and #greatSBHCs goals by 2018 and raise our organization’s profile both within and outside the SBHC field,” he explains.

“When you couple the NQI with Hallways to Health, the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) project, our advocacy work, and so many other great initiatives, we have a body of work we can really feel proud of.”

Larry learned a long time ago that having a boss who appreciates fundraising is one key to being a successful fundraiser, so he’s glad that “not only John [Schlitt], but every one of my colleagues understands how vital it is that we all work together to secure the resources we need for our important work.”

In the next year, he’s looking to renew partnerships with current stakeholders, as well as line up new partnerships and boost the organization’s membership numbers. Asked why he enjoys working in school-based health care, Larry summed it up by saying, “I feel good about coming to a job each day for a group that’s focused on righting an injustice. Being a healthy kid or teen shouldn’t depend on your ZIP code, but too often in this country that’s how it’s been. The Alliance and the field are working to change that, and I’m glad to be part of it.”

If you’re interested in helping the Alliance redefine health for kids and teens, we would be honored to receive your donation. For questions on funding or development, please contact Larry at lbostian@sbh4all.org.

Donate to the Alliance

1 Comment

  1. by Deirdre Taylor on November 19, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you for your steadfast commitment to the School-Based Health Alliance and our mission. It has been a pleasure to work with you and to learn from you.

Leave a Reply

Sorry, but you must be logged in to post a comment.