In February, the traditional awareness month for our field, we celebrate our successes and raise awareness about how school-based health centers (SBHCs) revolutionize the way children and adolescents access health care services.
Many of the states’ plan legislative visits, state capitol visits, appreciation recognition, youth advocacy events, and the list goes on. As you deploy your awareness efforts throughout your state, remember the kids at the center of our efforts, and how you and your partners make a difference in our children’s lives today and in their futures.
All children and adolescents deserve to thrive and grow into the young adults 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 healing takes place with our youth.
Share Your SBHC Story?
We want to hear from you! Tell us (or show us!) what you did for awareness month. Email your story to us (firstname.lastname@example.org), and remember to include pictures! With your permission, we’ll use your story for future blogs and social media posts.
A few resources for your consideration:
- “20 Years of School-Based Health Care Growth and Expansion,” an article authored by Alliance staff, has been published in the May 2019 issue of Health Affairs. It summarizes Census data from the 1998-99 school year to the present. Read it here: http://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05472
- 2016-17 National School-Based Health Care Census Report
- 2016-17 National School-Based Health Care Census Chart Pack
Remember to send us your pictures, videos, and stories of your awareness activities!