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SBHC Staff Testimonials

“SBHC services during a pandemic has definitely been a major transition. One, that I think we took it in stride and was able to continue great work through the use of telehealth. Our mental health division was able to transition to telehealth a week and medical shortly after.”​

-Tiffany Watson-Labbate, Behavioral Health Supervisor

SBHC Staff Testimonials

“The SBHC functioned as a family with everyone having their piece of the puzzle to function. The most important thing was to keep the connection between the staff, faculty, students & parents. This was done through regular meetings with the SBHC staff and the school… The pandemic showed the strengths and flexibility of the staff to adapt to the change.”​

-Jeannine Brooks, Nurse Practitioner

SBHC Staff Testimonials

“We’ve been trying to accommodate our kids as much as possible in the safest way possible during the pandemic. Meeting up with the kids and being able to give them a service that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to get during this crisis – that was really a highlight for us.”​

-Jalissa Vargas, Nurse and Health Educator

COVID-19, SBHCs and Schools


NYSBHA’s task force created a guide for schools with SBHCs during COVID-19

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New York City Will Reopen Elementary Schools and Reduce Hybrid Learning

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that he would reopen public elementary schools, abruptly shifting policy in the face of widespread criticism that officials were placing more of a priority on economic activities like indoor dining than the well-being of New...

Tool Tracks COVID Cases within NY School District Boundaries

New York state official and parents now are able to check COVID-19 case numbers within the geographic boundaries of school districts thanks to an online tool created by the ILR School. The NYS School District COVID-19 Tracker is an interactive, web-based mapping...

“NYC should Subsidize Internet for Low-Income Remote Learners, Stringer Says”

  As New York City schools are moved back online indefinitely, the problem of internet access for low-income students continues. NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer says the city should offer subsidies for these families, emphasizing that 100,000 school age children...

Childhood Vaccine Linked to Less Severe COVID-19, Cigarette Smoke Raises Risk

Cigarette smoke increases cell vulnerability to COVID-19. "Smoking reduces the natural defenses and this allows the virus to enter and take over the cells." ( Exposure to cigarette smoke makes airway cells more vulnerable to infection with the new...

NYC Preschools Remain Open, Raising Questions about Safety and Equity Among Staff

As the city has now crossed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s school closure threshold, a 3 percent coronavirus positivity rate over a seven-day average, preschools find themselves in a tough spot. Those that operate in community-based centers operated by nonprofits or private...

NYSBHA Announces Annual SBHC Meeting on December 2nd

NYSBHA will be holding its annual event for sbhcs on December 2nd this year, NYSBHA Annual SBHC Meeting 2020: Rising to Meet Our Challenges Wednesday, December 2nd from 2:45pm to 4:30pm.  Typically offered as an in-person conference at revolving statewide locations,...

New York City to Close Public Schools Again as Virus Cases Rise

In a big setback for the city’s recovery, the nation’s largest district will return to all-remote learning. New York City’s entire public school system will shut on Thursday, signaling that a second wave of the coronavirus has arrived as the city is still struggling...

New York City Schools could Close as Early as Monday as Covid-19 Cases Rise

Original article written by Valerie Strauss for the Washington Post Due to rising covid-19 cases in New York City, Mayor Bill deBlasio announced this morning that parents should be prepared for schools to close as early as Monday. Mayor deBlasio has been warning for...

Continuing Learning: Playbook for Healthy School Communities

Playbook written for Thriving Schools by Kaiser Permanente in partnership with the National School-Based Health Alliance.Playbook written for Thriving Schools by Kaiser Permanente in partnership with the National School-Based Health Alliance. Earlier this month, more...

Parents in N.Y.C. Public Schools Now Face This Agonizing Choice

Only one in four students have returned to classrooms. The remainder have two weeks left to decide if they’ll go back, too. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that parents would have until Nov. 15 to decide whether to enroll their children in hybrid learning, a mixture of...

Our Mission

Our mission is to create access to comprehensive, high-quality primary care, including medical, mental, oral, and community health services, for all children and youth statewide through SBHCs. The Alliance achieves this by advocating for policies that promote the sustainability of SBHCs; promoting the delivery of high-quality services; raising awareness of the school-based health model; and promoting the growth and expansion of SBHCs. We have been very successful in executing our mission; today, more than 200,000 children in the state have access to school-based health services, and nearly 169,000 are enrolled in their SBHC.

Goals of a School-Based Health Center


Support the School

The SBHC is built upon mutual respect and collaboration between the school and the health provider to promote the health and educational success of school-aged children.

Implements Effective Systems

Administrative and clinical systems are designed to support effective delivery of services incorporating accountability mechanisms and performance improvement practices.

Focus on the Student

Services involve students as responsible participants in their health care, encourage the role of parents and other family members, and are accessible, confidential, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate.

Delivers Comprehensive Care

An interdisciplinary team provides access to high quality comprehensive physical and mental health services emphasizing prevention and early intervention.

Support the Community

The SBHC is developed and operates based on continual assessment of local assets and needs.

Advances Health Promotion Activities

he SBHC takes advantage of its location to advance effective health promotion activities to students and community.

Provides Leadership in Adolescent and Child Health

The SBHC model provides unique opportunities to increase expertise in adolescent and child health, and to inform and influence policy and practice.