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Students perform better when they show up for class healthy and ready to learn.
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Latest News & Events
School-based health centers to benefit from new law Crain's Health Pulse, October 4, 2018 Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Wednesday that lets taxpayers donate to the state's cash-strapped school-based health centers by checking off a box on their personal...read more
Urban Health Plan, a network of community health centers, including 11 SBHCs in the Bronx, held a vision event at several schools to offer screenings to children in the medically underserved area. More than 150 children were screened, with many of them now receiving...read more
Suicide is the second leading killer of teens in the U.S. New York's simple but radical solution hopes to change that. Articleread more
BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan saved $626 million in healthcare costs through an innovative patient-centered medical home model that focuses on personalized care....read more
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center operates similar centers in Albany schools Times Union - Watervliet City School District students can now get their medical, dental, behavioral and mental health needs taken care of without ever having to leave school. The district...read more
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.