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Advancing Policies to Sustain and Grow School-Based Health Centers

The School-Based Health Alliance advocates for federal legislation and administrative agency policies that support school-based health centers. Over six million children and adolescents across 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, have access to an SBHC. While these numbers reflect consistent growth of the model for more than 25 years, only a fraction of children and adolescents in need of these critical services are able to access an SBHC. 

SBHCs provide an optimal setting to improve health outcomes while fostering learning readiness and academic achievement, and evidence shows that healthy kids learn better. Policy reforms are underway in the health care delivery and education sectors. Through legislative and regulatory efforts, we aim to create opportunities to:

  • expand innovative models
  • demonstrate the impact of SBHCs on the health care and education sectors
  • maximize reimbursement to promote fiscal sustainability.

Learn more below about our policy work.

Policy Priorities

The School-Based Health Alliance advocates for policies at the federal level that sustain and grow SBHCs, while supporting the school-based health care field to advance policies at the state and local level.