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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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School-Based Health Centers and Pediatric Practice

Chris Kjolhede and April C. Lee; COUNCIL ON SCHOOL HEALTH Pediatrics September 2021, e2021053758; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2021-053758   Abstract School-based health centers (SBHCs) are unique health care settings for our nation’s school-aged children and...

Housing, Food, Gun Violence: Providers Seek to Shrink Health Gaps

Original article written by Joseph P. Williams for U.S News   Hospitals and health systems are getting more serious about tackling health disparities tied to social problems. Awake at 4 a.m. one morning last November, Felicia Silva of Albuquerque, New Mexico, assumed...

29 Organizations Promoting Food Literacy in Schools

Original article written by Sara Bond for FoodTank Food literacy, the understanding that food choices affect human and planetary health, can be an important tool for building resilient individuals and communities. A combination of nutrition knowledge, culinary skill,...

Looking for Mental Health Care and Falling Into an ‘Internet Wormhole’

Original article written by Marianna McMurdock for The 74 58% of Young New Yorkers Didn’t Get the Help They Needed During the Pandemic. In-school mental health supports A number of schools adopted new mental health initiatives because of and during the pandemic to...

Connell Sanders: Worcester Public Schools’ best kept secret is in the nurse’s office

Original article written by Sarah Connell Sanders for Worcester Magazine   Family Health Center of Worcester continues to operate Doherty’s SBHC, along with six others across the Worcester Public Schools. Edward M. Kennedy operates five SBHC’s in the city, including...

Institute for Family Health, New York NY Awarded $200,000 from Biden-Harris Administration to Expand Services at HRSA’s Health Center Program School-Based Service Sites

HRSA's Health Center Program school-based service sites connect underserved children, adolescents, and their families to quality, affordable health care   Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded over $5 million to 27 HRSA-funded health...

America’s Ongoing School Nurses Shortage Turns Dire: ‘I don’t know what the school year is going to bring’

  There are 96,000 full-time school nurses in the United States who are facing an uncertain school year ahead. Even before the pandemic expanded their workloads and altered their day-to-day tasks, the United States was grappling with a shortage of school nurses....

This NYC counselor is Helping Students Work through COVID-Era Trauma

Original article written by Gabrielle Birkner for Chalk Beat Magazine. After Randy Bowen lost three family members to COVID-19, he knew he needed to prioritize the activities that center him, such as meditating and riding his bike, so that he could show up for his...

Schools Brace For Pandemic-Fueled Mental Health Needs

Original article written by Trade Offs. Kids are returning to in-person school this fall with increased rates of depression, anxiety and other pandemic-fueled mental health challenges, and schools are leaning on billions in new federal funding to meet the growing...

Governor Kathy Hochul Announces #VaxtoSchool Campaign to Drive COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among School-Aged New Yorkers Statewide

New Website at ny.gov/vaxtoschool for Parents and Guardians with Ready-Made Resources for Schools and Localities Hosting #VaxtoSchool Events Dedicated Instagram Channel, @Vaccinateny, to Provide Vaccine Education for School-Aged New Yorkers and Families...

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.