Current Initiatives

For more than two decades, the School-Based Health Alliance has worked with our national and local state partnering organizations to develop resources, learning labs, and initiatives that help to build and improve the capacity of school-based health providers in responding to child and adolescent health.

In this Section

National Quality Initiative (NQI) Data Collection and Reports: The School Health Services National Quality Initiative (NQI) is challenging 100% of school-based health center (SBHC) providers and administrators to voluntarily adopt and annually report standardized performance measures to ensure that every child who uses an SBHC receives an annual well-child visit and risk assessment and is screened for body mass index (BMI) with nutrition and physical activity counseling, and if age appropriate, is screened for depression and chlamydia, with appropriate follow-up. Share your SBHCs data for the school year today!

Adolescent HIV Prevention ECHO: The goal of the Adolescent HIV Prevention ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is to reduce Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) acquisition risk for adolescents, particularly those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) or gender non-conforming (GNC). We aim to improve the knowledge, skills, and clinical competency of primary care providers in school-based health centers (SBHCs) in Southern states.

Hallways to Health: Can a SBHC program be a catalyst that changes the health landscape of an entire school? We set out to answer this question in 2013 with our Hallways to Health initiative, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools.

National Quality Initiative: The School-Based Health Alliance and the Center for School Mental Health launched the joint School Health Services National Quality Initiative in 2014. The goal of this initiative is to grow the number of SBHCs and comprehensive school mental health programs and improve the quality of their services.

School-Based Oral Health ServicesTooth decay is the most prevalent and preventable chronic disease of children in the United States. To address this, the Alliance partnered with the DentaQuest Foundation in 2015 to launch the Innovation in School-Based Oral Health Services initiative.

Substance Use Prevention: This initiative pairs the evidence-based model of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) with the unique school-clinic environment of SBHCs to deliver quality adolescent substance use prevention while also addressing related issues such as lack of youth treatment options, co-occurring diagnoses, adolescent engagement in health care, and restorative justice.

Youth Safety Net Project: Transforming health across the safety net requires building upon the existing assets of our most vulnerable children and adolescents; as well as providing high-quality, culturally respectful, integrated care. With support from the Bureau of Primary Health Care, the School-Based Health Alliance is linking safety net providers with the skills and training to boost population-level health outcomes for school-aged children and adolescents.