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What is school-based health care?

All children and adolescents deserve to thrive. But too many lack access to health care because of their family’s income, lack of health insurance, or systemic inequities. School-based health care places health care where students already spend most of their time: in school. School-based health centers are partnerships between schools and community health organizations to offer care that includes but is not limited to primary care, mental health, oral health, and vision services. 


Want to start a school-based health center?

Our consulting and program teams can help. We have experience opening and improving school-based health centers and can help you with the process. We can provide you with the necessary resources and support to make your school-based health center a success.


Advancing policies to sustain and grow school-based health centers

The School-Based Health Alliance advocates for federal legislation and administrative agency policies that support school-based health centers. Over six million children and adolescents across 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, have access to an SBHC. While these numbers reflect consistent growth of the model for more than 25 years, only a fraction of children and adolescents in need of these critical services are able to access an SBHC. 

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Your donations have helped to secure a $200 million federal appropriation for construction and equipment funds for new and existing SBHCs, establish a codified definition of SBHCs in federal law, create opportunities for young people to bring their experience, passion, voice, and insight to our convention youth track and Youth Advisory Council, and many more!