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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

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Integrated Care: When Physical and Behavioral Health Professionals Team Up

Integrated care is the coordination of physical health care and behavioral health care, which includes mental health care. When primary care physicians work closely with behavioral health professionals such as social workers and psychologists, they are, together,...

COVID-19 and Declining Childhood Vaccination Rates: How SBHCs Can Help

Mayor Bill de Blasio urges parents to not fall behind on vaccination schedules, “Getting your child vaccinated is essential work. Getting your child vaccinated is a reason to leave your home.” As states across the country continue their conversations on reopening...

The Role of School-Based Health Centers in Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth During COVID-19

As June comes to a close and the COVID-19 pandemic continues throughout the country, we at the New York School-Based Health Foundation recognize the unique impact that COVID-19 has on our LGBTQ+ youth. Schools provide LGBTQ+ students with an outlet to feel connected...

NYC Schools Have Been Closed For Months. Must Health Clinics Remain Shuttered, Too?

WNYC/NYC NPR Affiliate Fred Mogul July 14,2020 There are about 700,000 visits annually to health centers in schools in New York—for routine checkups, dental care, behavioral counseling and vaccinations. Sarah Murphy, from the School-Based Health Alliance, said...

When COVID crisis hit, government program saved north country jobs

NYSBHA members Carthage Area Hospital and North Country Family Health Center saw jobs saved through the Payroll Protection Program WNYTV Scott Atkinson July 13, 2020 WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Hospitals and health clinics. Newspapers and nursing homes. Auto dealers and...

Rochester community initiative increases teenage use of effective contraception

NYSBHA sponsor member University of Rochester sees demonstrable success with community LARC initiative UMRC July 9, 2020 A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that a University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) community...

Webutuck CSD Awarded $100k for SBHC on Campus May 27, 2020 KAITLIN LYLE The North East (Webutuck) Central School District in Dutchess County was able to progress with its plans for an in-school based health clinic by securing a $100,000 grant from the Foundation for...

Cuomo has ‘faith in humanity’ that Congress will come through

POLITICO By Anna Gronewold 05/15/2020 03:20 PM EDT ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is placing his trust on a blend of “common sense” and politicians' thirst for reelection in Congress to avoid looming cuts to health care and education in New York. Cuomo on Friday changed...

New York is starting to reopen, but local leaders fear what comes next (state budget)

Politico By Anna Gronewold, Shannon Young, Nick Niedzwiadek 05/13/2020 ALBANY — New York will unbolt the doors on some of its businesses on Friday. But for communities from Brookhaven to Buffalo, big hits are still coming. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is...

Many health providers on brink of insolvency

Virtually all of health care is affected, from surgical practices to dentists to community health centers, which serve 29 million predominately poor patients, to school-based health clinics and emergency ambulance services Rome News Tribune By Christine Vestal and...

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.