Lead the Way: Engaging Youth in Health Care is the School-Based Health Alliance's online youth engagement toolkit. Lead the Way: Engaging Youth in Health Care is the School-Based Health Alliance’s online youth engagement toolkit. This resource is designed for individuals who work in school-based or community health centers who want to engage youth in their mission and work. In these sections, you will find practical strategies, resources, and reflections from the field to help you develop youth to be productive actors in their health care and their future.

The first edition of this toolkit was developed in 2011, with support from Atlantic Philanthropies. This second edition was created with support from the Bureau for Primary Health Care, has been expanded to include community health centers, alongside school-based health centers (SBHCs).

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We would like to thank the following individuals who helped develop the original scope of work, gathered information and resources, and reviewed the first edition in draft form:

  • Kathleen Gutierrez and Samantha Blackburn, California School-Based Health Alliance
  • Susan Hildebrand and Divya Mohan-Little, Illinois Coalition for School Health Centers
  • Jan Strozer, School-Based Health Alliance

For this second edition, special thanks go to Julia Hakes of the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance and Jennifer Augustine of Advocates for Youth whose ideas and insight were critical in transforming the toolkit into this final product.

We are especially grateful for the contributions of Kierra Hurt, who facilitated the literature review, conducted interviews for the health center highlights, and assisted in content development.

Special thanks to the following for their willingness to share their stories and materials:

  • Yolanda Cordova, Director, New Mexico Department of Health
  • Adriana Ortiz, Health Program Coordinator, Corazón Community Services
  • Eleni Vrettos, Health Ambassador, Corazón Community Services
  • Massah Massaquoi, Senior Research Assistant, The Fenway Institute
  • Susanna Schneider Banks, Community Health Organizer, Montefiore School Health Program, Dewitt Clinton High School Campus
  • Suzanne Flory, Member Services Program Manager, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance
  • Kathleen Woods, Family Nurse Practitioner, Roosevelt High School

Suggested Citation

Moore S, Hurt K, Shore A. Lead the Way: Engaging Youth in Health Care. School-Based Health Alliance website. https://www.sbh4all.org/training/youth-development/youth-engagement-toolkit/. Published October 16, 2015. Accessed M/D/Y.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement number U30CS09738-08-00, award title “Technical Assistance to Community and Migrant Health Centers and Homeless” for $450,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.