All children and adolescents deserve to thrive. 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.
About School-Based Health Alliance
At the School-Based Health Alliance, we’ve worked for over 25 years to:
- Set the national policy and legislative agenda for the field, advocate for greater support and funding
- Promote high-quality clinical practices and standards
- Support data collection and reporting, evaluation, and research
- Provide training, technical assistance, and consultation
Learn more about School-Based Health Alliance here.
About School-Based Health Care
School-based health care is a powerful tool for achieving health equity among children and adolescents who unjustly experience disparities in outcomes 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 learn and grow.
School-Based Health Centers
The Intersection of Health and Education
Health is a critical factor in setting our children up for success in life inside and outside of school. School-based health centers (SBHCs) increase access to health care, contribute to positive educational outcomes, reduce emergency room use, lower Medicaid costs, and expand access to mental health services.
Services that SBHCs Provide
Health Supports Successful Students & Families
Better Access to Health Services
Healthier Students and Families
Healthy Students Learn Better
Gains in Student Academic Success
Helps to Build Trust
Families Connect With the School
Lower Medicaid Costs
Reduced Emergency Room Usage
More Time at Work Increases Families’ Financial Security
Delivering Health Services to Underserved Communities
Most school-based health centers are operated by an external sponsoring medical partner.
Federally Qualified Health Centers
Nonprofit or Community-Based Organizations
Local Health Departments
Working in Every State
A Growing National Movement
The School-Based Health Alliance works on policy, standards, data, and training issues with state affiliates and national organization partners, advocates, healthcare providers, and SBHCs in every state.
The School-Based Health Alliance Works to Support & Grow SBHCs
Establishes and advocates for national policy priorities
Promotes high-quality clinical practices and standards, including for telehealth
Supports data collection and reporting, evaluation, and research
Provides training, technical assistance, and consultation