School-Based Health Care Awareness Month

February is National School-Based Health Awareness Month! The need to provide health care to our nation’s young people is more vital than ever before. Join us in sharing your support of school-based health with your networks!

What are school-based health centers?

School-based health centers (SBHCs) are a powerful tool for achieving health equity among children and adolescents who unjustly experience disparities in access simply because of their race, ethnicity, or family income. It’s also a commonsense idea gaining currency across the country: place critically needed services like medical, behavioral, dental, and vision care directly in schools so that all young people, no matter their zip code, have equal opportunity to be healthy, learn, and thrive.

Health is a critical factor in setting our children up for success in life inside and outside of school. Healthy children are more likely to attend school ready and able to learn, and achieve higher levels of educational attainment, providing greater access to future opportunities and a pathway out of poverty. School-based health centers have demonstrated their ability to increase access to health care, improve academic achievement, reduce emergency room use, lower Medicaid costs, and increase the use of sensitive services like mental health counseling.

Learn more about school-based health care with these resources:

Are you an SBHC or state affiliate? Download our guide on how you can virtually visit your legislator to raise awareness about school-based health centers, as well as our social media toolkit.

We want to hear from you! Tell us (or show us!) what you did for awareness month. Email your story to us (, and remember to include pictures and videos from virtual site tours! With your permission, we’ll use your story for future blogs and social media posts.

About the School-Based Health Alliance

Founded in 1995, the School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) is a nonprofit organization that advances and informs more than 2,500 school-based health care programs, enabling them to provide high-quality care to the nation’s most vulnerable children. The Alliance also supports a network of 22 state affiliates that each work closely with their local school based health centers. collaborates with partner organizations in the school health field, and serves as a resource to policymakers in the education and health sectors.