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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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Health Resources and Services Administration

Today, under the leadership of President Trump, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus...

Is Telehealth Here to Stay? Views from a School-Based Health Perspective

New York School-Based Health Foundation Intern, Sarah Bacio, speaks to School-Based health professionals who share their impressions on the use of telehealth for administering care to at-risk students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the mid-April peak of the...

Reps. Maloney and Pressley to Introduce Bold Legislation to Address Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) announced their plan to introduce a pair of bills that take a holistic and community-based approach to...

Hospital Groups Concerned By Prescription Drug ChangeHospital Groups Concerned By Prescription Drug Change

A change in Medicaid funding for prescription drugs could cost New York safety net hospitals big in the state budget, industry groups warned state officials last week in a letter.  Leading hospital associations in the state are urging the Department of Health and...

School-Based Health Alliance Celebrates Passage of School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act.

Alliance Urges Senate to Pass Companion Bill The School-Based Health Alliance celebrates yesterday’s passage of H.R. 2075, the School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act of 2020 in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill extends the authorization for federal...

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...

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.