Alliance Award Winners

Each year for nearly two decades, the School-Based Health Alliance has recognized luminaries in the school-based health care field with a Lifetime Achievement award. During the national convention, we honor select individuals and institutions who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the mission of school-based health care. We celebrate leaders who embody the spirit of innovation, dedication, and collaboration, who go above and beyond to manifest the vision of quality school-based health care for all young people.


Lifetime Achievement Award

2019 Award Recipient:
Chris Kjolhede, MD, MPH

Chris’s dedication to the school-based health care cause has manifested itself in the growth of Bassett Healthcare Network-sponsored SBHCs in rural upstate New York. His steadfast commitment to youth, and their access to health care, has improved health outcomes for many youth in a community that experiences many challenges accessing care.

As an early pioneer in building SBHC programs, Chris has also worked tirelessly through advocacy to bring awareness and funding to SBHCs in New York and around the country. He has been a leading voice for SBHCs on the Council on School Health at the American Academy of Pediatrics and has spoken in several Congressional panels on Capitol Hill.

For the impact Chris has had in his many years in the school-based health care field and his firm belief in the power of school-based health, the Alliance proudly awards Dr. Chris Kjolhede the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Previous Award Recipients

2018: Veda Johnson, MD, FAAP

About the Award

The Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates a leader who has demonstrated a strong commitment to making an impact in the school-based health care field.  Such leaders are innovative, dedicated, collaborative advocates who go ‘above and beyond’ to manifest the vision of quality school-based health care for all young people.

Nomination Questions:

  1. How does the nominee promote a culture of health across their school community, state, or the national school-based health care field?
  2. Describe ways in which the nominee demonstrates innovation—please be specific (e.g. implemented school breakfast program).
  3. Describe ways in which the nominee demonstrates collaboration -please be specific (e.g. developed school-based health care community partnership with representatives from: parents, youth, faith-based, local department of education, local department of health, and healthcare payors).
  4. Describe ways in which the nominee motivates and inspires others– please be specific (e.g. holds SBHC staff celebration, recognizing hard work and successes twice annually).

Eligibility

Eligible nominees:

  • Demonstrated leadership impact in the field.
  • At least 15 years of service in the school-based health care field
  • Current Alliance member

Individuals not eligible for this award include:

  • Less than 15 years in the field
  • Current and active members of School-Based Health Alliance’s Board of Directors and staff
  • Individuals who have previously received the Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Nomination Form

Rising Star Award

2019 Award Recipient:
Allison Jackson, MSN, ARPN, FNP-DC

Allison Jackson, while completing her nurse practitioner preceptorship at Beaufort Jasper Comprehensive Health Center’s SBHC, was determined to realize a dream of providing services to children in schools. That experience led her to the program director position, where she organizes medical, dental, nutrition, behavioral health, and telemedicine services in rural South Carolina. Colleagues describe Allison as someone with lots of enthusiasm and a big heart. She’s made a name for the program across the state, having earned the state’s prestigious Janice Key Visionary Award in two consecutive years. Allison often takes “above and beyond” several steps further. She’s a big proponent of community health – instituting annual health fairs, blood pressure and diabetic screening for faculty and staff, asthma education and management for high schoolers. She attends PTO meetings at night, participates in back to school bashes promoting SBHC program and enrolling students — even go to housing developments on the weekends to enroll students. She’s made an indelible mark with the leaders of the school district, too, who have requested SBHCs in every school building. Allison’s loyalty, dedication, and critical thinking skills are largely responsible for the expansion of SBHCs in her state, and, coupled with her “can-do” attitude, we are pleased to present Allison Jackson with our 2019 Rising Star Award.

Previous Award Recipients

2018: Amanda Forsmark

About the Award

The Alliance’s Rising Star Award celebrates an individual who is early to mid-level in their school-based health care careers and demonstrates significant contributions to advancing the field. Such individuals demonstrate emerging leadership and an ability to create innovative strategies that address pressing issues in school-based health care.

Nomination Questions:

  1. Describe why you consider them as a “rising star” in promoting a culture of health across their school, community, state, or the national school-based health care field.
  2. Describe ways in which the nominee demonstrates innovation- please be specific (e.g. implemented school breakfast program).
  3. Describe ways in which the nominee demonstrates collaboration-please be specific (e.g. volunteers to join many school staff committees, including attendance team, staff wellness, back to school night committee).
  4. Describe ways in which the nominee motivates and inspires others- please be specific (e.g. sends electronic thank you cards to colleagues in SBHC and school staff upon completion of each joint deliverable).

Eligibility

Eligible nominees:

  • Demonstrated excellence in their contribution to address issues in the field using creative and innovative approaches
  • Up to 7 years in the school-based health care field
  • Holds a position in the school-based health care field at the national, state, and/or local level
  • Current individual or organization member of Alliance member

Individuals not eligible for this award include:

  • More than 7 years in the field
  • Current and active members of School-Based Health Alliance’s Board of Directors and staff.
  • Individuals who have previously received the Alliance’s Rising Star Award
Rising Star Nomination Form

School-Based Health Care Champion Award

2019 Award Recipient:
Ramneet Kalra, MPH, MBA

Ramneet has been an unstoppable force for revitalizing and reimagining oral health in New York City schools. Today, under her watch, the city boasts school-based dental services in over 600 schools by 16 vendors/sponsors, many of whom were personally recruited into the school market by Ramneet.  She’s built a strong focus on school-based oral health quality assurance, evaluation, and data collection. She piloted a program to promote fluoride varnish by medical providers in SBHCs. And when it comes to sealants, she’ll do whatever it takes to get them on every child who needs them. She’s championed innovative approaches to common challenges around utilization, like implementing passive consent, and ensuring that signed consents are valid through the child’s entire tenure at school. She’s also fought to expand consent to include applications of silver diamine fluoride. Her passion isn’t reserved for school-based: Ramneet has been an ardent supporter of policies that promote oral health services for the elderly and tooth-brushing in childcare centers. We are delighted to recognize Ramneet’s incredible work as the recipient of our 2019 School-Based Health Care Champion Award.

Previous Award Recipients

2015: Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI)

About the Award

The Alliance’s School-Based Health Care Champion Award recognizes an individual who develops and leads impactful partnerships with the school-based health care field. Such individuals–from the education, health care, public health or other related sectors– demonstrate innovative strategies and dedication to collaboration to bring comprehensive quality health care services to schools.

Eligibility

Eligible nominees:

  • Demonstrated development and sustainability of impactful partnerships with the school-based health care field
  • Holds a position in education, health care, public health, or another related sector, that collaborates with school-based health care
  • Minimum of 5 years in their field

Individuals not eligible for this award include:

  • Works directly in school-based health care field (e.g. SBHC nurse practitioner, SBHC Director, SBHC health educator)
  • Current and active members of School-Based Health Alliance’s Board of Directors and staff.
  • Individuals who have previously received the Alliance’s School-Based Health Care Champion award
SBHC Champion Nomination Form
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