Central Valley School Health Coalition

We convene school-based health care providers and advocates from across the Central Valley to share best practices and support expansion of school-based health centers. Below you can find resources shared at our meetings and get information on upcoming meetings. For more information on attending a meeting, please contact Salina Mendoza, Mental Health Project Director.

Upcoming Meetings

Join us for the Central Valley School Health Services Coalition meeting on Friday, April 20, from 10am-12:30pm. Lunch will be provided, so please sign up to attend to make sure there is enough food for everyone.

Central Valley School-Based Health Coalition meetings are a great place to learn about building partnerships, increasing service utilization, working better with schools, and other questions you may have about starting and expanding primary and mental health care for students at school.

Please contact Salina Mendoza at smendoza@schoolhealthcenters.org if you have questions.

Past Meetings

Understanding School Mental Health Practices and Trauma-Informed Approaches: A Central Valley Convening

Friday, October 6, 2017
Fresno, CA
Light breakfast and lunch provided. Free parking available on-site.

The California School-Based Health Alliance and Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd are pleased to present a free, day-long event that will address how schools and clinics can work together to address the needs of children or youth who are experiencing mental health challenges, including those who are impacted by trauma. The convening will include presentations and workshops to ground participants in the science of how mental health impacts student learning, health, and development, and what works in classrooms and clinics to help them succeed. Breakout sessions will explore how educators and healthcare providers can create environments that support the mental health and well-being of all youth and students.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about how trauma and mental health challenges affect students’ learning, health, and development;
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how to provide integrated mental health supports in education and healthcare systems; and
  • Engage in discussion with colleagues about multiple strategies for supporting mental health work in schools and school-based health centers, including how to leverage funding opportunities, build collaborative support teams, provide integrated mental health services, and practice self-care


8:30 am Light Breakfast & Registration
9:00 am Welcome & Student Speaker
9:15 am Keynote Session: Supporting Health and Learning through Trauma-Informed Practices

  • Martha Merchant, PhD, University of California San Francisco

Dr. Martha Merchant, PhD, is a national expert on trauma and a licensed psychologist and is currently a consultant with the University of California, San Francisco Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS) program in several school-based projects. As such, she provides training, consultation, and support for adult members of the students’ caregiving system -teachers, school staff and parents/families – to create more trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive school environments.

11:15 am Breakout Session 1 – topics will include:

  • School-Based Strategies for Integrated Behavioral Health
  • Clinic-Based Strategies for Providing Mental Health Supports
  • The Intersections of Race and Trauma
  • Funding to Sustain School-Based Mental Health Services
  • Self-Care for Professionals in the Context of Trauma-Informed Environments
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Breakout Session 2

Morning sessions will be repeated

2:45 pm Break & Transition to Closing Activity
3:00 pm Interactive Closing Activity


February 26, 2016
September 11, 2015
February 6, 2015
November 14, 2014
September 5, 2014