Advancing Policies to Sustain and Grow School-Based Health Centers

The School-Based Health Alliance advocates for federal, state, and local policies.For the first time in fifty years, the majority of our nation’s students are low-income. Reaching more than two million children and adolescents in more than twenty-four hundred clinics across the country, school-based health centers (SBHCs) are essential providers of high-quality, cost-effective care to the growing number of our nation’s most vulnerable children.

SBHCs provide an optimal setting to improve health outcomes while fostering learning readiness and academic achievement. On the federal and state levels, policy reforms are underway in the health care delivery and education sectors. Through legislative and regulatory efforts, we aim to create opportunities to expand innovative models, demonstrate the impact of SBHCs to the health care and education sectors, and maximize reimbursement to promote fiscal sustainability.

In this Section

Policy PrioritiesThe School-Based Health Alliance advocates on the federal, state, and local levels for policies that sustain and grow SBHCs. Read about our policy priorities in this sections.

Medicaid Policies that Work for SBHCsWe encourage the school-based health care field to advocate for these polices in their state Medicaid program.

Advocacy Center: Take action to support SBHCs in your community!

School-Based Health Awareness Month: Every February, the school-based health care community celebrates National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month—an opportunity to recognize our success and raise awareness about how school-based health care.