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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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Make Every City School a Community School

Our students have been exposed to an inconceivable amount of trauma, social isolation, death and illness, food insecurity and economic precarity resulting from familial job loss. In one study conducted in June 2020, around 30% of teens reported increased depression...

Lack of Pediatric Dental Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Led to a Dental Health Crisis

Thousands of Children in Brooklyn Have Not Seen a Dentist in More Than a Year Nearly a year into the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, school-based dental clinics across New York remain closed based on state guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This...

Lockdowns Force School Dental Services to Adapt

School-based health clinics have become a community lifeline for many local families amid the coronavirus pandemic, but nearly a year after widespread shutdowns began, some school-based health services still remain unavailable. While physical and mental health...

Kids represent a small fraction of overall COVID-19 deaths in the US but 75% of them are children of color

  There have been fewer than 250 children who have died from the coronavirus. More than three-quarters of the deaths were in children of color. Overall, kids make up about 13% of the coronavirus cases in the US.   Continue reading here. Continue reading...

6 Ways To Ensure Preschool Contributes to an Equitable Early Childhood System

his report outlines six key components for a preschool program that will also support a strong, equitable birth to age 5 system, including: Design a system for preschool to be delivered in multiple settings, including family child care. Support Head Start to continue...

School-Based Health Centers Essential to Building Community Schools

New York School-Based Health Foundation Intern, Sarah Bacio, speaks to Foundation’s newest board member, Christina Fuentes, a former educator with the NYC Department of Education and the driving force behind Sunset Park's homegrown community school P.S. 24. When the...

NYC will reevaluate its policy for closing schools, de Blasio says

Original article written by Reema Amin for Chalkbeat. As scores of school buildings shutter each week due to positive coronavirus cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier this month that the two-case closure threshold is “being reevaluated.” This past school year,...

New York City Unveils Campaign to Support Young Adults

Original article written by Annalise Knudson for State Island Advance.   Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City will work to support youth and young adults — including both current students and those who are out of school and unemployed...

In hard-hit Bronx, some schools are now giving rapid COVID tests to uncover positive cases

Original Article written by Reema Amin for Chalkbeat. Health care access is a major concern in the Claremont neighborhood of the Bronx, where coronavirus positivity rates have outpaced citywide numbers. Nearly three-quarters of the neighborhood’s elementary school,...

Governor Cuomo Announces 13 Community-based Pop-up Vaccination Sites Coming Online This Week to Provide First Doses to 3,850 New Yorkers

Sites Will Vaccinate 3,850 People This Week and Bolster State's Commitment to Ensuring Fairness and Equity in Vaccine Distribution Process Community-Based 'Pop Up' Vaccination Sites Have Enabled Approximately 42,500 New Yorkers to Receive First Dosage of Vaccine...

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.