2019 National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month

School-Based Health Centers: Healing Super Heroes Every School Day!

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 centers (SBHCs) are revolutionizing the way children and adolescents access health care services.

This year, we’re going back to the basics of school-based health care: How do we define it? What makes the model so effective? How are SBHCs across the country achieving health equity among children and adolescents who unjustly experience disparities in outcomes simply because of their race, ethnicity, or family income? Our message boils down to this:

All children and adolescents deserve to thrive and grow into the super heroes we know they can be. But too many struggle because they lack access to health care services. School-based health care is the solution, bringing health care to where students already spend the majority of their time: in school. When health and education come together, great things happen—and our young super heroes are healed.

Next Steps

Throughout February, school-based health care providers and advocates from across the country will highlight the role SBHCs play in ensuring students have access to high-quality health care where and when they need it.

It’s a pivotal moment for the school-based health care model. With the new administration and Congress ever looking for ways to reduce health care spending, the school-based health field needs to explain why the model is indispensablenow more than ever.

Celebrating awareness month will offer you tremendous opportunities to educate national, state, and local policymakers about the importance of school-based health and the strong support it has in their community/state.

Several of your policymakers have been recently sworn into Congress and know very little to nothing about school-based health, its benefits, or funding streamsso make sure you use this observance to tell them stories, highlight your data, and organize an SBHC tour. You can facilitate official proclamations in your state legislature for the commemoration, host youth-led advocacy campaigns, share your stories via social media and newsletters, and make your school-based health center staff feel remarkably special.

The success of awareness monthand school-based health carewill be a result of your grassroots advocacy and support. We need our message to be more robust than ever, especially in the midst of a changing health care landscape. Let’s make sure our nation’s children and adolescents get the care they deserve. Join us in becoming children’s health champions so we can continue to heal young super heroes. If we don’t speak to the power of school health care, who will?

Awareness Month Twitter Chat

The hashtag for 2019 Awareness Month is #SBHCmonth19. Awareness Month wouldn’t be complete without our annual Twitter chat! At 2:00pm ET on Thursday, February 21, 2019, we will take Twitter by storm with the #SBHCmonth19 hashtag—and your participation! Stay tuned for the questions we’ll ask. We will send them around one week in advance of the chat.

(Last year, our chat garnered 4.6 million impressions on Twitter!)

#SBHCmonth19 Graphics

To ensure brand continuity, please use the following graphics in your promotion of National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month:

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What’s Your SBHC Story?

We want to hear from you! What did you do for awareness month? Email your story to Anna Burns (aburns@sbh4all.org) and don’t forget to include pictures! With your permission, we’ll use your story for future blogs and social media posts.

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