2017 Outstanding Achievement Award: Serena Clayton

Over the course of our movement’s history, there have been certain individuals who leave an indelible mark on the school-based health field—a mark that advances our movement and carries us to where we are today. Every year, we honor such an individual with our coveted Outstanding Achievement Award.

For 2017, Serena Clayton wholeheartedly deserves this recognition.

Serena has been an exemplary leader in the field and among our state affiliate executives. Her passion for social justice, children’s health, and educational equity is astounding. As the first president of the California School-Based Health Alliance (CSHA) from 2003 to 2016, she strengthened the impact of her organization and fostered leadership in others.
During her tenure, she established CSHA as the state’s leading authority on school-based health and increased CSHA’s operating budget from $100,000 to $2 million. Under her leadership, the number of school-based health centers in the state doubled, and thanks to her efforts thousands more children and teens stay healthy and succeed in school.

For Serena’s 25+ years in the school-based health field and her firm belief in the power of school-based health, the Alliance is thrilled to award her the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s annual convention in Long Beach, CA. Thank you, Serena, for all that you’ve done for us. Your mark on the movement will last for years to come.


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