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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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The Importance of Vaccinating Adolescents and Young Adults

Interested in learning about vaccinations for adolescents and young adults? Join Unity Consortium on May 6 at 12:00 PM for a panel on this crucial topic, moderated by Chelsea Clinton! Learn more and register here: Unity Consortium is hosting a...

New York City Schools Have Been Closing a Lot. That’s About to Change.

Original article Eliza Shapiro for the New York Times. Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he would alter the rule that required school buildings to shut temporarily whenever two virus cases were detected, resulting in schools reopening and closing...


The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine comes in 1,170-dose packages at minimum and expires after five days in a fridge, meaning too many doses on too tight a deadline for many rural communities to manage. KEY TAKEAWAYS The logistical challenges of eventually getting the shots to...

PRESS RELEASE – Significant Wins for School-Based Health Centers in New York State

April 21, 2021 PRESS RELEASE Significant Wins for School-Based Health Centers in New York State ALBANY, New York, April 21, 2021: School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are in-school clinics that offer students comprehensive and convenient care in partnership with...

5 Essential Items Your Kids Need When They Go Back to School

ITEMS YOUR KIDS WILL NEED WHEN SCHOOLS REOPEN 1. Water Bottle2. Multiple face masks 3. Hand sanitizer 4.Extra school supplies 5.Tissues or disinfecting wipes Continue reading here. Katie Conner April 18, 2021 


Westchester/Rockland, NY] --The Open Door Family Medical Center’s School-Based Health Center Program will become known as the Nita M. Lowey Center for Health in Schools. The program provides primary health care services for students in elementary, middle and high...

Almost 80% of School Staff Given at Least 1 Vaccine Dose

Almost 80% of American school staff and child care workers have received at least one coronavirus vaccine dose, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Tuesday, the CDC released its new estimates on the same day President Joe...

North Country Family Health Clinic to Offer Mobile Vaccination Clinics in April

WATERTOWN — Turning the page into April, the North Country Family Health Center continues to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics using both state and federal vaccines. In addition to this, the federal vaccinations allow the health center to have mobile sites. The first will...

Rep. Jones Visits Ossining to Highlight American Rescue Plan’s Lifeline to Small Businesses and Health Centers

On April 5, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) visited the Town of Ossining to highlight the transformative impact of the American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 billion COVID relief bill he helped get passed into law last month, on small businesses and community health centers...

Marshall Miles Interviews Charles Davis, Webutuck School Nurse: First School-Based Health Center in Mid-Hudson Valley

The Foundation for Community Health has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Webutuck Central School District (WCSD) for construction costs for the first full-service, school-based health center (SBHC) in our community. The aim is to establish the health center for the...

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.