Advocacy Day

  photos from NYSBHA’s advocacy day event 2/11/19 by Viju Jacob


Advocacy Day was Tuesday February 4th, 2020 in Albany, NY 

NYSBHA’s annual advocacy event takes place every February right in the heart of the Capital Region: the concourse in Albany, steps away from the state’s legislators.  Groups of staff, parents and children from school-based health centers come from all across the state to advocate of behalf of sbhcs.  The morning gathering includes student speak-outs, legislators addressing the group and light student activities. Following that, each group departs to meet with individual legislative representatives.  It is a day filled with energy, advocacy and learning.


SBHC Legislative Match Master List 2019-2020
find your center’s Senate and Assembly representatives here


Talking Points – 2020
these are for you to use as a guiding document (not to be given to legislators)


SBHC 2020 Priorities Memo
this memo can be shared with legislators and will be provided in a folder on Advocacy Day


Location: Empire State Plaza – Meeting Room 6

10:00 – 11:00 am   Registration- Meeting Room 6 entrance
Pick up lunches and legislator folders
10:30 – 10:35 am   Welcome from the Alliance
Award Presentation: Senator James L. Seward, 51st district
Student activities throughout
10:35 – 10:45 am  Preparation for Meetings with Legislators
Student Speak-Out throughout
11:00 – 11:45 am    Remarks from invited legislators:
 – Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, confirmed, 11am
 – Senator Gustavo Rivera, anticipated
 – Senator Velmanette Montgomery, invited
12:00 – 3:30 pm     Meetings with Legislators (scheduled by attendees)
2:00 – 3:30 pm      Student Debriefing Groups in Room 6 (optional)
3:00 – 4:00 pm       Groups Prepare to Board Buses

Getting Here
The plaza doesn’t have an actual street address –  NYS link to the directions with GPS coordinates: 
The entrance is on Madison Ave right across the street from the NYS Museum, which is 222 Madison Ave.  It falls between Eagle St. and S. Swan St. 

About Parking
Parking Buses: please speak to Sarah as permits need to be arranged with the Albany City Police Department.
Parking Cars:

Interested in attending or need more information?  Contact Sarah at or 518-694-3423. We need to know head counts for all attendees as well as any buses coming into Albany. 

See concourse map below to locate meeting room 6.