Making schools healthy

Students perform better when they show up for class healthy and ready to learn.

COVID-19 Resource Links

As SBHCs, health care providers, parents and the general public endeavor to keep on top of this fast-moving pandemic, it helps to check on state and national (non-media) resources for up-to-date information:

Basic Health links: 
                       state      medicaid-specific    dental guidance

Education links:
letter to NYC families from NYC DOE

NYSED guidance: NYSED/coronavirus
NYS School Health Information: NYSCSH

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NYSBHA Announces 2020 Conference Location and Dates

SAVE THE DATE! NYSBHA's 5th Annual Conference November 10th and 11th this year at the beautiful Saratoga Casino Hotel, a four star, AAA four diamond property in historic Saratoga Springs!          Watch for more details to come about schedules, session proposals,...

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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.