Alliance Webinars 

School District and COVID Relief Funding: Understanding How School District Can Use COVID-19 Relief Funding to Transform School Health 

September 21, 2021, 1 P.M.-2 P.M

Join us for this webinar to learn about federal COVID-19 relief funding and how school districts across the country can use the funding to support student and staff health. This session will also highlight sustainable funding streams school districts can leverage to ensure the efforts initiated with COVID-19 relief funds are sustained.

COVID-19 relief funding presents a historic opportunity to create safer, healthier schools in communities across the nation. This money can help students recover from the pandemic’s disruption, while also fixing some of the systemic health challenges that have kept students from succeeding in the past.

Viewing this webinar will allow you to:
Understand the available streams of COVID-19 relief aid and the timeline for receiving and spending funding
  • Identify examples of how school districts can use COVID-19 relief funding to support student and staff health
  • Identify sustainable funding streams school districts can leverage to continue efforts initiated with COVID-19 relief aid
  • Describe examples of how school district leaders are using COVID-19 relief funding
Moderator: Annie Reed
, National Director of Thriving Schools, Kaiser Permanente
  • Paul Imhoff, Superintendent, Upper Arlington Schools (OH) and President, AASA – The School Superintendents Association
  • Phyllis Jordan, Associate Director, FutureEd
  • Alex Mays, Senior National Program Director, Healthy Schools Campaign
Visit this link to register: 

Teenagers, Healthcare & the Law

11/6/19, 3pm

Teenagers, Healthcare & the Law, based on the linked publication of the same name, is a 90 minute workshop that explains teenagers’ rights to make their own medical decisions under New York State and federal law. It is designed to be an aid to professionals who work with young people, such as social workers, counselors, teachers, and medical providers. The presentation covers reproductive health care, mental health care, substance use treatment, post sexual assault care, and emergency care as well as circumstances that may compromise a minor’s ability to access care.

Presented by Aliyah Ansari, Teen Health Strategist at the Education Policy Center, NY Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU).




Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Presenter: Jana Shaw, MD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Clinical/Public Health & Preventive Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University

About this Webinar
Learn the latest about HPV vaccination, recommended strategies to increase coverage, and new regulations affecting how clinicians at school-based health centers can help protect more young people from HPV related cancer.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain benefits of HPV vaccination.
2. Describe school-based health center (SBHC) strategies to promote HPV vaccination.
3. Identify effective communication strategies to improve HPV vaccination coverage in your patient population.

Accreditation/Credit Designation for live participation
SUNY Upstate Medical University is accredited by the Accreditation council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. SUNY Upstate Medical University designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Live WEBINAR HPV Vaccination Seminar brochure

RECORDING of 10/22/19 live webinar

Enduring Activity for CME 


Cultural Competency for Clinicians Who Work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients: Conducting A Sexual History and Behavioral Risk Assessment

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019    Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm EST    Format: Webinar

RECORDING (not eligible for CE)    SLIDES     trans health handout    NYS LEGISLATION

 Presenter: Kyan Lynch, MD, MA,
Center for Community Practice – University of Rochester Medical Center



IPRO Review:
SBHC Lessons Learned Webinar
3:30pm EST


Join us to hear about IPRO reviews in a member-driven webinar!

The NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) has contracted with a professional health care assessment company, IPRO, to review and rate practices and quality of care at sbhcs in the state. The Alliance – then, the Coalition – took note of some best practices for preparation, details of the review process itself and what DOH was looking for the last time these reviews took place.

Fast forward to today and once again, the IPRO reviews have begun in our sbhcs. What have we learned? What has changed? Three organizations will share their recent review experiences with us in a 1 hour webinar.

In this webinar, presenters will:

  • discuss their site’s preparation steps prior to review
  • detail their review experience (process, length, results)
  • share what is required of them following review

Each phase of the webinar will provide the opportunity for participant questions.

Want to submit a question prior to this event?  The Alliance is happy to address your questions during the webinar and/or share them anonymously with the NYSDOH.  Feel free to send them to, using the subject IPRO Question. 

About the Presenters

Courtney Biederbeck is Program Manager for School-Based Health in Washington Heights and has been working at the Children’s Aid Society since 2013. She manages the operations of four of the School-Based Health Centers sponsored by Children’s Aid.

Amy Merideth is a Nurse Practitioner and the Site Coordinator for the Frederick Douglass Health Center, one of two MS/HS centers sponsored by the University of Rochester. She has been working in School-based health since 2003 and has participated in two IPRO audits.

Carlene Lacey, D.M., has served as an Executive Administrator for approximately 25 years.  Eleven of those years serving in the role of Managing the Office of the President and as the Program Director for eight School Based Health Centers.  

Facilitator Caitlin Hanson is Director of School Based Health and Adolescent Medicine at the Institute for Family Health.

Tools & Resources
For those preparing for review, the following links offer both IPRO review-specific and general tools

Visit Checklist
Policies and Procedures
Reference Review (immune, physicals, mandated reports, and licensing)
Letter from NYSDOH about visits

Other Resources

Performance Evaluation Review Tool – PERT
2017 NYSDOH SBHC Audit Letter
2011-2013 SBHC Audit Report
Model Inventory Procedure (sample)
Emergency Kit Supplies
SBH Floor Stock Medication

Questions? or 518-694-3423








Advocacy Webinar:
Empowering Youth as Partners

Wednesday, 1/18/17 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm

About this Webinar

What’s the value of advocacy?
Why involve youth?
How does it work?

This 60 minute webinar will define what youth advocacy really is, why it is important for youth to be stakeholders in advocacy efforts and how one school health program developed its own successful youth advocacy initiative. It is more important now than it has ever been for all of us to bolster our advocacy skills and this is an excellent opportunity to learn about a successful model from experienced advocates. Co-presented by advocacy leaders from a nationally recognized non-profit, YES! Youth Empowered Solutions, and our own Montefiore School Health Program in New York, this webinar will demonstrate the value of including youth in advocacy efforts and empower you to develop and grow your own center’s advocacy initiative.  This opportunity is free for members and non-members. Questions are welcome.

Parrish Ravelli, YES!
Parrish Ravelli, Team Lead, Access to Health Care Initiative at Youth Empowered Solutions is a 2003 graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College. He became involved in community development work in 2004 when serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Montana Prevention Resource Center. Following this, Parrish worked in community business as a buyer for Tidal Creek Cooperative Market. Since 2006, Parrish has been working in the field of youth empowerment in a variety of settings: tobacco use prevention, municipalities and youth councils, and most recently health care. Parrish co-authored papers such as “Youth Empowerment: The Theory and Its Implementation” and “School-Based Health Centers and the Intersection of Youth Empowerment and Health Care“and continues to work directly with youth staff at YES!. To learn more about Yes!

Susanna Banks, Montefiore School Health Program
Susanna Banks has been at the Montefiore School Health Program since 2013. As a Community Health Organizer, she develops, coordinates, and implements school-wide health education and health promotion programs. As a part of Montefiore’s Community Health Division, she works on population health, including leading the Division’s Working Group for Youth Empowerment and Advocacy. In that role she organizes Montefiore’s annual SBHC Advocacy Day trip and spearheaded the development of the Montefiore Youth Council, a youth empowerment and health advocacy program currently operating at six school-based health centers in the Bronx. Susanna has a BA in Government from Wesleyan University and is currently working on her Masters in Public Health at the CUNY School of Public Health. She has nearly a decade of experience working with youth and participating in legislative advocacy. She has also been on the planning team for New York State’s School-Based Health Center Advocacy Day for the past four years. Learn more about Montefiore Youth Council.


Care, Consent, & Confidentiality:
Exploring How SBHCs & Schools Can Work Together

May 18, 2016

2:00pm – 3:30pm EST – Webinar

Description: Providing health care in school-based settings raises important issues about how information can be shared to promote student health and what limits exist on sharing information. This webinar will review relevant New York and federal laws and policies that apply to health care services and information in school-based health centers and schools. This unique, cross-discipline webinar offers school health and school administration professionals the opportunity to learn about and discuss these important issues together. This presentation will include:

  • An overview of consent requirements and confidentiality protections 
  • An explanation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • A discussion about evolving issues related to Explanation of Benefits (EOBs), Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and patient portals
  • Case examples to illustrate the complex issues that arise with respect to sharing of health information between SBHCs and school personnel
  • An opportunity for questions and comments 

Target Audience: School-based health professionals, school principals, administrators and personnel, social workers, community-school-health liaisons and student advocates


Abigail English is a lawyer, researcher, and advocate for the rights of vulnerable young people. Since 1999, she has directed the  Center for Adolescent Health & the Law. From 1976 to 1998, she was an attorney at the National Center for Youth Law in San  Francisco, California. Her research and advocacy have focused on health insurance and public financing of care for adolescents  and young adults, consent and confidentiality protections, and sexual and reproductive health care. She received her  undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her law degree  from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. She has taught  at the UC Berkeley School of Public Policy, the Boalt  Hall School of Law, and the Gillings Global School of Public Health at UNC  Chapel Hill. She was a Gallagher  Lecturer for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in 1987, and she received the Child Advocacy Award  from the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division in 1997 and the Outstanding Achievement Award in Adolescent Medicine from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in 2000. In 2010-2011, she was the Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, studying sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of adolescents and young adults, which continues as a current focus of her research and advocacy.

Cost: Free for paid members (logged in), $15 for non-members

Questions? Contact us at or 518.694.3423




Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in the SBHC Setting:
Coding and Billing Under ICD-10

10/27/15 – 3:00 – 4:30pm (EST)

About this Program
This session will review coding and billing for reproductive health services including contraceptive management within the SBHC environment under the newly implemented ICD-10 coding system:

  • Overview of billing for school based reproductive health services and Medicaid APG 875
  • The importance of accurate charge capture and its’ impact on SBHC revenue cycle
  • Reviewing the new ICD-10 codes pertinent to reproductive health services
  • Q&A – ask the presenter your questions about how to maximize your reimbursement

About the Presenter: Ann Finn is a national trainer and frequently speaks on issues relating to coding, billing, reimbursement and the overall revenue cycle. Ann has an in-depth understanding of the challenges providers face when billing and being appropriately reimbursed for their services. Her work focuses on improving charge capture,  the new ICD-10 coding system, compliant billing and claim correction and understanding payer reimbursement.

Ann has extensive expertise and experience with the NYS Medicaid Ambulatory Patient’s Group (APG) payment system since its inception and the issues faced claiming under this system. She has worked closely with Providers and NYS DOH to identify and correct claims, teach payment methodologies and improve coding, internal charging and billing processes.  

This webinar is being offered as part of the Alliance’s online conference on October 27th – click here for more details about Conference Day or just register below.


September 10, 2015


Debra Gerson, MD, Medical Director, Open Door Family Medical Centers, New York

Ellette Hirschorn, RN, Director of Clinical Services and Program, Open Door Family Medical Centers, New York

DESCRIPTION: During this webinar, representatives from Open Door Family Medical Centers will demonstrate how they successfully utilized asthma measurement tools to improve clinical outcomes.  They will discuss how they used the Chronic Care Model to upgrade care systems, infrastructure, and supportive policies for asthma management for children and youth. Additionally, this webinar will provide resources should school-based health centers and community health clinics want to replicate the program.


Patient Centered Transformation in School-Based Health Care: Lessons Learned
June 23, 2015

About This Webinar

The patient center transformation process is both challenging and rewarding. NYSBHA, in collaboration with Monetfiore School Health Program and the Primary Care Development Corporation, has piloted a draft set of standards adapted from NCQA’s 2014 Patient Centered Medical Home model defining 3 levels of SBHC service encouraging a full service, comprehensive model of integrated primary health care. The principal aim of this pilot is to implement these standards at 5 SBHCs, analyze the feasibility of transformation and post pilot, advocate for the adoption of the finalized PC-SBHC standards by school health funding and regulatory agencies.

Through our PC-SBHC pilot project we have identified the challenges and developed tools for SBHCs to deliver patient centered quality care. 

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Identify challenges associated with patient centered care and the tools developed to achieve quality care
  • Practice utilizing these tools to create their own transformation
  • Ask key leaders of the project questions about full process through documentation collection

Jodi-Ann Bailey, MPP, Analyst, Montefiore School Health Program, Bronx, NY
Maia Bhirud, MPH, Senior Project Manager, Primary Care Development Corporation, New York, NY

STD Prevention: Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Screening and Treatment in School-Based Health Care Settings
March 31, 2015

Presented by Maureen P Scahill, NP, MS, Nurse Practitioner, Trainer and Technical Assistance Provider,Center for Health & Behavioral Training, Infectious Diseases Division, University of Rochester

About this program
Webinar participants will be able to:

  • Describe the rationale for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia screening for patients seen in School-based Health Care Settings,particularly for those aged 15 – 19 years.
  • List the types of screening tests that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for these infections.
  • Identify source for billing information for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia screening. 
  • Identify resources for STD screening and treatment, continuing education opportunities, and consumer educational materials.


Questions?  Contact us at or 518.694.3423

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