Now Accepting Applications to Join a 12-Month Learning Collaborative to Improve School Health

Are your SBHC staff feeling isolated and overwhelmed in the current environment? Join the FINAL CoIIN Cohort to connect with peers in your state and across the country while learning ways to serve students better!

Applications are now open to join a 12-month learning collaborative to improve school health. The School-Based Health Alliance invites states, in collaboration with five or more school-based health centers (SBHCs) and representatives from their sponsoring organizations, to apply. This Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) runs during the 2021-2022 school year as part of the School Health Services National Quality Initiative.

The CoIIN is part of the School Health Services National Quality Initiative (NQI) funded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. A CoIIN is a professional learning community of multidisciplinary teams working together to address a specific, complex challenge. Participating state teams in this CoIIN will have the opportunity to advance the quality of their school-based healthcare services by networking with other state teams, receiving expert technical assistance and coaching, sharing best practices and lessons learned, and tracking progress toward key benchmarks and improvement goals, including:

  • Improving the quality and sustainability of physical and mental healthcare
  • Expanding access to school-based physical and mental health services; and
  • Working with state leadership to increase policies and programs that promote quality, sustainability, and growth of school-based healthcare services

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SBHC CoIIN focuses on SBHC sustainability, students’ access to care, and measures to support both in-person and virtual care. This focus allows for flexibility in the variety of delivery models to ensure students receive care. Our goal is to foster a community that welcomes everyone–regardless of starting point in this work– and encourages a growth mindset. The SBHC CoIIN connects peers from across the nation to work through challenges and explore innovative ways to provide healthcare for students. We hope you’ll join us!

Applications are due April 5, 2021. Learn more about the initiative here and apply here.

Please send questions to Katherine Cushing, Senior Program Associate, at


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