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NYSBHA prepares for annual conference next week

NY's School-Based Health Alliance (NYSBHA) is preparing for its annual networking and education conference scheduled to occur October 25th and 26th at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown. This year's keynote is Dr. Steven Safyer, CEO of Montefiore Health in the...

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Rochester SBHC Uses Therapy Dog to Ease Anxiety over Flu Shots

Rochester Regional Health is trying a new approach to get more kids to get their flu shot. Health officials were at School 33 in Rochester Tuesday to administer vaccines and they brought along a K-9 friend, Lovie, a therapy dog, to help ease their anxiety over getting...

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School-based health centers to benefit from new law

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...

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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.