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Motivational interviewing guides informed contraceptive choice

An interview with Melanie A. Gold, DO, professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center and professor of population and family health at the Mailman School of Public Health about motivational interviewing is a valuable counseling style designed to help...

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Flu Season Hits Schools, Chautauqua County Fights Back

The flu season is showing no signs of slowing down so area schools in Chautauqua County are fighting back.  Dr. Todd Jacobson, Occupational Health Services director at UPMC Chautauqua WCA, said in January the current flu strain was “more deadly and more severe” than...

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Dentist: Local children need better care

Dentist Leah Carpenter has seen hundreds of patients at Bassett Healthcare Network's school-based health centers, but hundreds more area children are lacking in dental care, she told The Daily Star on Thursday. Bassett Healthcare Network has 20 health centers in...

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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.