Roles for SBHC Staff in Promoting Learning

School-based health centers offer more than health interventions—they may also support academic interventions. In addition to their primary clinical roles, SBHC staff can actively promote student learning, improve student attendance, and prevent school drop-out. To have the greatest impact on student learning, SBHC staff should:

Ready, Set, Success! compiles information on all of the above topics into one toolkit.

How SBHC Staff can Build Partnerships with School Personnel

By conducting the following activities, SBHC employees can contribute to the SBHC’s overall efforts to support the school’s academic mission.

SBHC Sponsoring Organization Leadership

  • work with school administration to set vision, mission and services
  • coordinate and oversee the delivery of health services on the school campus
  • take the lead in securing the funding necessary to deliver health services on the school campus, in collaboration with other partners (who may contribute in-kind space, services, or equipment, sign-on to grant proposals, submit grant proposals for supplemental services, etc.)

SBHC Coordinator

  • build relationships with school administration and staff
  • be knowledgeable about and supportive of school’s mission and approach
  • be knowledgeable about and respect school policies and procedures
  • inform school administration and staff about HIPAA regulations
  • solicit school administration’s input on SBHC policies and procedures (including those related to student access to the SBHC and patient referral and follow-up)
  • design and implement a system for school staff to provide feedback to the SBHC
  • invite school administration and staff to participate in SBHC advisory board
  • choose SBHC staff to participate on school’s Coordination of Services Team (COST)
  • keep school administration informed of SBHC services and programs
  • attend school meetings to share SBHC information with teachers and others
  • coordinate with relevant school staff on school-wide student support initiatives

SBHC Clinicians

  • build relationships with school administration and staff
  • be knowledgeable about and supportive of school’s mission and approach
  • be knowledgeable about and respect school policies and procedures
  • work closely with school health personnel (e.g., school nurse or social worker)
  • provide school staff with information and resources on relevant health topics
  • consult with school staff members on specific students or topics, and participate in Student Success Team (SST) or Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings as requested and appropriate (while maintaining patient confidentiality as required by federal FERPA/HIPAA regulations and California’s minor consent laws)
  • contribute to school-wide health promotion initiatives as appropriate

Youth Development Staff

  • build relationships with school administration and staff
  • be knowledgeable about and supportive of school’s mission and approach
  • be knowledgeable about and respect school policies and procedures
  • coordinate youth development activities with school and after-school initiatives
  • contribute to school-wide student support initiatives, including youth leadership programs

SBHC Support Staff

  • build relationships with school administration and staff, particularly attendance secretary
  • be knowledgeable about and supportive of school’s mission and approach
  • be knowledgeable about and respect school policies and procedures