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Information Sharing and Confidentiality Protection in School-Based Health Centers

We know that partnerships between schools and community healthcare organizations are a powerful collaboration to support healthy students in achieving their full potential. School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are an effective and equitable model for providing comprehensive, integrated healthcare in the school setting to improve student education and health outcomes.

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And yet, working across these two distinct and complex systems—healthcare and schools—can be challenging.  A key priority identified by the School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) is to guide the SBHC field on navigating federal privacy laws that apply to both education and healthcare entities: specifically the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

SBHA is proud to partner with the National Center for Youth Law to offer this new resource guide on HIPAA, FERPA, and how they affect information sharing and confidentiality protection in school settings. These resources aim to support efforts to strengthen and expand partnerships between schools and SBHCs, resulting in better care and better futures for all students.  

In addition to this resource guide, we will offer a webinar with the legal expert authors later this summer – stay tuned!

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