2014 School Health Champions

Every year, the California School-Based Health Alliance Board of Directors presents the School Health Champions Awards to three individuals who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to healthy, successful students. For 2014, we honored three champions for their outstanding contributions advancing school-based health care through practice, school leadership, and policy. Read our press release (PDF).

2014 School Health Champion Award Recipients

Outstanding Practitioner

School District Leader

Legislative Champion

Jenn Rader is the director of the James Morehouse Project, which serves as El Cerrito High School's school-based health center.

Robert Frausto is the superintendent of Kerman Unified School District in the Central Valley.

Rep. Lois Capps represents California's 24th Congressional District - on the Central Coast - in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Outstanding Practitioner

Jenn Rader is the director of the James Morehouse Project, which serves as El Cerrito High School's school-based health center.

School District Leader

Robert Frausto is the superintendent of Kerman Unified School District in the Central Valley.

Legislative Champion

Rep. Lois Capps represents California's 24th Congressional District - on the Central Coast - in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jenn Rader established the James Morehouse Project school-based health center to meet the needs of students at El Cerrito High School who are impacted by trauma at school, at home, and in the community. Under her leadership, the James Morehouse Project has grown from being a student support center to offering preventative health care, behavioral health services, and youth development opportunities. She also fosters youth development by engaging kids in direct conversations with legislators and policymakers about health and community needs that impact kids and education.

Robert Frausto, the Superintendent of Kerman Unified School District, was instrumental in helping to establish a school-based health center for students in his rural Central Valley district and has also advocated for school-based health care in neighboring school districts. Health needs – especially asthma-related –  are high among school-age children in the Central Valley, where families must often travel vast distances to access health care.

Rep. Lois Capps has been a leader in seeking federal funding for school-based health centers. Her two decades’ experience as a former school nurse and public health advocate for the Santa Barbara School District has informed her workin Congress on behalf of schoolchildren. She authored the bill to create a federal program to support operations at school-based health centers that was incorporated into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 but has yet to be funded. H.R. 2632 is her new bill now in Congress that would reauthorize this program after the original sunsets.

Video: Rep. Capps on Being Honored