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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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Elementary Students in N.Y.C. Return to Classrooms After 6 Months

Elementary school students will start in-person classes today — returning to school buildings for the first time since March 13 — while middle and high schools are set to reopen on Thursday. Almost no students will attend school five days a week. Instead, children...

Virus Shutdown took a Toll on Routine Health Care for Kids

“The absence of these vital health care services may have lifelong consequences for these vulnerable children, and I call on states, pediatric providers, families, and schools to ensure children catch up,” CMS administrator Seema Verma said in a statement. Among the...

Why We Must Preserve School-Based Oral Care for Children

We know that school-based dental services have become a crucial way to connect low-income students, particularly students of color, with oral health care and education. And ensuring that every child — regardless of their background — has access to oral health care is...

When There’s a COVID-19 Vaccine, School Employees Could Be Among the First to Get It

School administration will be among the first to receive the earliest and most available doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Viju Jacob, the associate medical director for SBHC at Urban Health Pan states, “The opportunity is there because most parts of the country are at...

Why We Must Preserve School-Based Oral Care for Children

As children and families prepare to begin months of virtual learning, hundreds of thousands of low-income children are dealing with another hidden consequence of closed schools — no access to dental care. We know that school-based dental services have become a crucial...

‘Put up or shut up’ — A $1 Trillion Investment to Help Kids in Poverty

In recent months, Congress has approved trillions of economic stimulus dollars, but in this post, Pedro Noguera (dean of the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California) and Robert Boyd (president of School-Based Health Alliance) argue for a...

Modern Healthcare: Hospitals Stay Committed To Investing In School Health Clinics

For stakeholders like Robert Boyd, the economic fallout for hospitals from the COVID-19 pandemic is causing him to brace for the possibility that providers who sponsor school-based health centers may look at reducing their investments in such programs as a means of...

School Closures Cut a Critical Line to Dental Care for Poor Students

Programs that allowed hygienists to visit schools to look for cavities and tooth decay have been suspended because of the pandemic. Students from low-income families may be hit the hardest. Less recognized are the effects of school closures on children’s oral health....

Reach Out: Ways To Help A Loved One At Risk Of SuicideReach Out: Ways To Help A Loved One At Risk Of Suicide

If you know someone struggling with despair, depression or thoughts of suicide, you may be wondering how to help. Here are nine things you can do that can make a difference: recognize the warning signs, reach out and ask "are you ok?", be direct: ask about suicide,...

NYSUT Prepares Legal Action, Calls on State Leaders to Stop Cuts to Schools

As students return to school this week, New York State United Teachers decried state cuts to education and called on the Legislature and governor to take immediate steps to stop 20 percent reductions in aid for school districts. Citing the state Constitution’s...

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.