National School-Based Health Care Conference

Call for Abstracts Now Open!

Deadline: Monday, November 29, 2021

This summer, the School-Based Health Alliance will host small, in-person seminars in place of our annual national convention. The 2022 National School-Based Health Care Conference, Achieving Health Equity Through School-Based Care, will take place June 27-30, 2022, in Washington, D.C. We invite experts in the school-based health care community and their allies to submit a workshop proposal.

Please consider submitting subject matter expertise in the following categories:

  1. Primary Care Clinical Skills
  2. Mental Health Clinical Skills
  3. Business/Systems
  4. ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program (for youth participants only)

Workshop abstracts should detail training opportunities that appeal to school-based health and education professionals; are relevant to their learning needs; are interactive in presentation strategy; and describe specific skills, expertise, resources, and/or tools that align with and advance the workshop category themes.

You must submit all abstracts online. Applicants need to log in to our website using their username (email address) and password.

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If you experience any technical difficulties while submitting your abstract, please email Alicia Newell.

The School-Based Health Alliance seeks subject matter expertise in four categories: Primary Care Clinical Skills, Mental Health Clinical Skills, Business/Systems, and ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program (for youth participants only).

Each workshop abstract should address how presenters’ content advances health equity.

According to the CDC, “Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to ‘attain his or her full health potential,’ and no one is ‘disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.’”

Within each of the categories, we also seek some workshops that address quality improvement. Ultimately, we will select a balance of workshops from those addressing in-person, hybrid, and telehealth care

Category 1. Primary Care Clinical Skills

Abstracts in this category will explore the use of evidence-based, culturally competent, primary care clinical practices to address key health concerns among children and adolescents. Workshops in this track should include practical clinical applications for primary care clinicians.

Category 2. Mental Health Clinical Skills

Abstracts in this category will explore the use of evidence-based, culturally competent, mental health clinical practices for students and/or staff. We encourage abstracts that focus on mental health well-being and address current mental health issues. Workshops in this track should include practical applications for either primary care or behavioral health clinicians.

Category 3. Business/Systems

Abstracts in this category will explore elements of successful business operations and systems collaboration. We encourage abstracts that address innovative finance models and sustainability strategies—especially smaller systems and rural SBHC providers—including telehealth services and payer partnerships that maximize utilization, productivity, reimbursement, and return on investment.

Category 4. ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program (for youth participants only)

‘Be the Change’ offers young people a platform to grow in knowledge and confidence as directors of their health, and to act as champions of youth voices. Abstracts in this category should inspire youth to lead and participate in local, state, and national school-based health care movements including campaigns, program planning, outreach and promotion, policy and advocacy, and peer education and support groups. We will give special consideration to abstracts with young people (e.g., current or former students) as lead presenters sharing their experiences and work in their community, emphasizing leadership skills, and incorporating experiential learning.

The 2022 conference will offer two presentation formats: 75-minute workshops and posters.


Time Frame: 75 minutes

Minimum number of presenters: one


The review process for workshop proposals and poster abstracts focuses on content, measurable objectives, and presenters’ credentials. Submission of an abstract does not guarantee participation in the conference program. The abstract review committee reserves the right to assign accepted abstracts to categories other than the one original category.

We will read and score applications using the following criteria:

Presentation Title (5 points maximum)

  • Clearly reflects the content of the presentation
  • Catches attention

Presentation Description (30 points maximum)

  • Addresses a priority topic within the category
  • Is a best practice/technique
  • Describes how the presentation addresses health equity
  • Meets word limit, includes correct spelling and grammar, and is clearly and concisely written
  • Appeals to and is replicable with target audience

Learning Objectives (20 points maximum)

  • Clear, measurable, and obtainable

Presenters’ Credentials, Expertise, and Experience (15 points maximum)

All applicants must upload a CV and answer disclosure questions.