The new school-based health centers (SBHCs) opening in Los Angeles are attracting notice for serving members of the wider community. KQED’s The California Report broadcast a story looking at this recent trend and why it is gaining in popularity. Click here or below to listen to the report.
Hundreds Gather in Long Beach to Network, Learn, and Be Inspired
Nearly 400 school administrators, educators, health care providers, and children’s health advocates converged on The Westin Long Beach for Vision & Voice for Healthy Students March 14 and 15. This year’s conference was the first to offer intensive pre-conference workshops, all three of which were completely sold out!
The conference kicked off on Thursday evening with a welcome reception at the outdoor terrace of The Westin Long Beach. Attendees enjoyed healthy hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary cocktail from CSHC while networking, learning about the latest school health advocacy opportunities, and planning which workshops to attend the next day.
|“Always a highlight of the year. Wonderful learning and networking.”|
On Friday, we were energized and inspired by our two opening plenary speakers: former Youth Board member Bertrand Perdomo-Ucles, who became a California Democratic Party Delegate in 2012, and Dr. Robert K. Ross, President & CEO of The California Endowment.
Bertrand shared the important role his high school health center played in developing the leadership skills that he is using today to lift up his community and the state. Dr. Ross urged attendees to keep in mind the youth most in need of critical care who in many cases are unable to voice their needs.
Workshops ranged from how to integrate comprehensive oral health at school-based health centers to building stronger partnerships with school administrators and how to addressing adolescent relationship abuse. One attendee wrote in an evaluation, “As always, CSHC delivers exceptionally bright, educated, energetic, inspirational information.”
During breaks between workshops and activities, attendees visited with the more than 20 exhibitors representing the health care sector, advocacy organizations, and other companies that serve school health providers.
The day ended with a warm and personal address from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region IX Director Herb K. Schultz, who affirmed the important role school-based health centers are playing in strengthening public health.
Read what former Youth Board member and The California Endowment Health Equity Fellow George Chacon wrote about the conference.
Thank You to Our 2013 Conference Sponsors
Blue Shield of California Foundation
The California Endowment
The California Wellness Foundation
The California HealthCare Foundation
Cedars-Sinai C.O.A.C.H. for Kids
Los Angeles County Education Foundation (LACEF)
The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health
Paradigm HealthCare Services
Nineteen California school superintendents — including State Superintendent Tom Torlakson — have signed on in support of a joint letter by the California School Health Centers Association (CSHC) and the National Assembly for School-Based Health Care (NASBHC).
|“The West Contra Costa Unified School District is definitely in support of funding for school based health centers. Since we’ve added them to our schools in 2007, our high school attendance is up, our dropout rate is down, violence in our schools is way down and academic achievement is up.” – Dr. Bruce Harter, Superintendent, West Contra Costa Unified School District|
The letter calls for inclusion of $50 million for the operations of SBHCs in the fiscal year 2014 budget and was sent by NASBHC to Senator Harkin and Representative Kingston, as well as to other members of Congress. School administrators from other states also signed the letter.
SBHCs are improving the health of children and youth, many of whom would otherwise go without necessary health and mental health services. The Affordable Care Act — aka “health care reform” — created an SBHC operations grant program, but did not fund it.
CSHC joins NASBHC and hundreds of school health stakeholders in urging Congress to appropriate $50 million to fund this program. We estimate that, of $50 million appropriated nationally, California would receive $8 million.
With this money:
• 160 SBHCs could provide medical care to 32 uninsured patients each week—for a total of almost 250,000 additional visits each year.
• 100 SBHCs could hire a mental health clinician to provide therapy, including crisis, grief, and long-term counseling, to uninsured students—reaching 15,000 more students each year.
• 120 school-based outreach and enrollment specialists could help over 100,000 students and family members sign up for insurance.
• 120 SBHCs could hire a youth program facilitator to lead school-wide efforts to build a healthy school climate, prevent and address violence, and promote positive youth development.
Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California
Dr. Trudy Arriaga, Superintendent, Ventura Unified School District
Dorma Baker, Superintendent, Pajaro Valley Unified School District
Dr. Daryl Camp, Superintendent, Riverbank Unified School District
Richard Carranza, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District
Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
Robert Frausto, Superintendent, Kerman Unified School District
Jon Gundry, Superintendent, Pasadena Unified School District
Dr. Bruce Harter, Superintendent, West Contra Costa Unified School District
Bill Kowba, Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District
Dr. Debbra Lindo, Superintendent, Emery Unified School District
Richard Martinez, Superintendent, Pomona Unified School District
Kari McVeigh, Superintendent, New Haven Unified School District
Marco Petruzzi, Chief Executive Officer/Superintendent, Green Dot Public Schools
Jonathan Raymond, Superintendent, Sacramento City Unified School District
Neil Smith, Co-Superintendent, Berkeley Unified School District
Dr. Tony Smith, Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District
Edward Velasquez, Superintendent, Lynwood Unified School District
Kirsten Vital, Superintendent, Alameda Unified School District
In December 2012, 31 school-based health centers (SBHCs) across California received $14.34 million in federal grants in an effort to improve access to primary, mental, and oral health care for school-aged children. The funding, part of the Affordable Care Act, is the final round of more than $30 million in total funding for California’s SBHCs.
Below is a roundup of media coverage of these grants from communities across the state. Read our full story — including a press release and list of recipient SBHCs.
Bell Gardens Sun
KQED’s The California Report – State of Health
Reporting on Health
North Bay Business Journal
North County Times
San Luis Obispo Tribune
Santa Maria Times
The Business Journal
The Sacramento Bee
South Los Angeles children with autism will soon have a school-based health center in their community to meet their special developmental needs. The Los Angeles County Education Foundation‘s $250,000 Stay Well Learn Well® School Health Center grant to Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN) will support child developmental assessment programs at a $2.2 million Autism Medical and Developmental Clinic on the campus of Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital in Willowbrook.
SNN has teamed with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center. The clinic will become the medical home for 500 children with learning, behavioral, emotional, developmental and mental health issues.
Learn more about the initiative on LACEF’s website.
Watch a video about the initiative:
California school-based health centers (SBHCs) have received 70 grants totaling more than $30 million – the most of any state – since 2011 in an effort to improve access to primary, mental, and oral health care for school-aged children.
Nationally, more than $200 million in grants have been awarded to 520 SBHCs as part of the Affordable Care Act. The grants mark the first federal investment directed solely to SBHCs and are being used to establish new sites or upgrade existing facilities. See details for each round of funding in California:
Below is the total list of grant recipients from the three rounds of funding in 2011 and 2012:
|Grant Recipient||City||Grant Amount|
|Alameda Family Services||Alameda||$412,200|
|Castle Family Health Centers Inc.||Atwater||$500,000|
|Clinica Sierra Vista||Bakersfield||$360,000|
|Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles||Bell Gardens||$500,000|
|Lifelong Medical Care, Inc.||Berkeley||$500,000|
|Borrego Community Health Foundation||Borrego Springs||$497,600|
|Borrego Community Health Foundation||Borrego Springs||$499,000|
|Clovis Unified School District||Clovis||$500,000|
|Altamed Health Services Corporation||Commerce||$428,346|
|El Monte City School District||El Monte||$114,517|
|Fresno Unified School District||Fresno||$277,407|
|Fresno County Office Of Education||Fresno||$449,072|
|Children’s Clinic Serving Children and their Families||Long Beach||$500,000|
|Children’s Clinic Serving Children & Their Families||Long Beach||$485,000|
|St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Inc.||Los Angeles||$500,000|
|Los Angeles Unified School District||Los Angeles||$300,000|
|JWCH Institute, Inc.||Los Angeles||$486,720|
|Asian Pacific Health Care Venture||Los Angeles||$494,300|
|The Los Angeles Free Clinic||Los Angeles||$254,465|
|University Muslim Medical Association Community Clinic||Los Angeles||$106,950|
|T.H.E. Clinic Inc.||Los Angeles||$415,393|
|Central City Community Health Center Inc.||Los Angeles||$500,000|
|Los Angeles Unified School District||Los Angeles||$489,888|
|Watts Healthcare Corporation||Los Angeles||$499,999|
|St. Johns Well Child & Family Center||Los Angeles||$500,000|
|Konocti Unified School District||Lower Lake||$444,200|
|County of Contra Costa||Martinez||$500,000|
|Contra Costa County Health Services Department||Martinez||$498,524|
|Golden Valley Health Center||Merced||$500,000|
|Operation Samahan Inc.||National City||$493,885|
|Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Inc.||Nipomo||$500,000|
|Community Health Centers/Central Coasts||Nipomo||$500,000|
|Mission City Community Network, Inc.||North Hills||$500,000|
|Mission City Community Network Inc.||North Hills||$500,000|
|Valley Community Clinic||North Hollywood||$261,436|
|Children’s Hospital and Research Center||Oakland||$500,000|
|Fred Finch Children’s Home, Inc.||Oakland||$500,000|
|Oakland Unified School District||Oakland||$423,098|
|Native American Health Center Inc.||Oakland||$24,736|
|Kids Come First||Ontario||$500,000|
|United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley||Parlier||$425,585|
|Petaluma Health Center, Inc.||Petaluma||$500,000|
|Kings Canyon Unified School District||Reedley||$500,000|
|Rowland Unified School District||Rowland Heights||$500,000|
|La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc.||San Diego||$426,525|
|Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc.||San Diego||$500,000|
|Family Health Centers Of San Diego Inc.||San Diego||$500,000|
|La Maestra Family Clinic||San Diego||$406,733|
|Northeast Valley Health Corporation||San Fernando||$371,631|
|Valley Health Team Inc.||San Joaquin||$500,000|
|San Jose Foothills Family Community Clinic||San Jose||$277,800|
|San Leandro Unified School District||San Leandro||$500,000|
|Alameda County Health Care Services Agency||San Leandro||$399,260|
|Centro De Salud De La Comunidad San Ysidro||San Ysidro||$485,861|
|Health Mobile||Santa Clara||$500,000|
|Health Mobile||Santa Clara||$500,000|
|Southwest Community Health Center||Santa Rosa||$458,807|
|Southwest Community Health Center||Santa Rosa||$500,000|
|Stockton Unified School District||Stockton||$56,436|
|Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation||Torrance||$413,489|
|Tulare Community Health Clinic||Tulare||$481,000|
|Tulare Local Health Care District||Tulare||$500,000|
|Tulare Community Health Clinic||Tulare||$412,000|
|Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center Inc.||Union City||$285,365|
|Salud para la Gente||Watsonville||$500,000|
|Salud Para La Gente Inc.||Watsonville||$500,000|
|East Valley Community Health Center, Inc.||West Covina||$500,000|
|East Valley Community Health Center||West Covina||$65,543|
|MMC for Children and Families||West Sacramento||$376,774|
A total of $14.34 million in federal funding was awarded to 31 school-based health centers (SBHCs) across California on December 19. Made available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and announced by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the funds are the third and final round of more than $189 million in grants that have been awarded to 520 SBHCs nationally since 2011. There are 200 SBHCs in California serving more than 205,000 children, with at least 40 centers in the works.
Download our press release on the grants.
In California, 70 SBHC grants totaling more than $30 million have been awarded since 2011 – the most of any state – in an effort to improve access to primary, mental, and oral health care for school-aged children. The three rounds of funding mark the first federal investment directed solely to SBHCs, with grants being used to establish new sites or upgrade existing facilities. Data show that SBHCs help decrease absenteeism, reduce unnecessary and costly emergency room visits, and ensure quality and cost-effective care for children and adolescents.
“School-based health centers are redefining the way we think about health care for kids and teens,” said Serena Clayton, Executive Director of the California School Health Centers Association (CSHC). “Health means getting kids preventive care, keeping them in school, and keeping them out of emergency rooms, jails, and unemployment lines. These grants take a bold step forward in reaching more kids. We hope the government will follow through with additional funding for staffing to make these clinics sustainable investments.”
Congress has yet to make available $50 million in operations funding nationally that would go to help staff SBHCs with nursing practitioners, mental health providers, administrators, and more. CSHC is working with the National Assembly of School-Based Health Centers (NASBHC) to urge inclusion of these funds in the President’s forthcoming budget.
SBHCs provide the same high-quality primary health care available in doctors’ offices or clinics. In addition, because of their location on a school campus, SBHCs are able to offer expanded preventive services such as health education, nutrition and physical activity, violence and bullying prevention, and leadership opportunities for youth to build career skills. At least 70% of students served by California’s SBHCs receive free and reduced price school meals.
Grants were awarded to the following California SBHCs:
|Alameda Family Services||Alameda||
|Clinica Sierra Vista||Bakersfield||
|Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles||Bell Gardens||
|Lifelong Medical Care, Inc.||Berkeley||
|Borrego Community Health Foundation||Borrego Springs||
|Altamed Health Services Corporation||Commerce||
|Fresno Unified School District||Fresno||
|Children’s Clinic Serving Children and their Families||Long Beach||
|St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Inc.||Los Angeles||
|Los Angeles Unified School District||Los Angeles||
|JWCH Institute, Inc.||Los Angeles||
|County of Contra Costa||Martinez||
|Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Inc.||Nipomo||
|Mission City Community Network, Inc.||North Hills||
|Children’s Hospital and Research Center||Oakland||
|Fred Finch Children’s Home, Inc.||Oakland||
|United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley||Parlier||
|Petaluma Health Center, Inc.||Petaluma||
|Rowland Unified School District||Rowland Heights||
|La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc.||San Diego||
|Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc.||San Diego||
|San Leandro Unified School District||San Leandro||
|Health Mobile||Santa Clara||
|Southwest Community Health Center||Santa Rosa||
|Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation||Torrance||
|Tulare Community Health Clinic||Tulare||
|Tulare Local Health Care District||Tulare||
|Salud para la Gente||Watsonville||
|East Valley Community Health Center, Inc.||West Covina||
|MMC for Children and Families||West Sacramento||
TOTAL AMOUNT OF FUNDING $14,344,453
We are excited to report that there are now 200 school-based health centers (SBHCs) in California, up from 183 just one year ago. As a result of this growth 13,500 more children now have access to health care at school! With another 45 sites in the works, we expect to see these numbers continue to grow. This growth is a credit to school districts, health care providers and other school health advocates who know that supporting healthy children is a smart investment. There is still much more to do, but we celebrate this significant milestone.
La Puente welcomed a new school-based health center at Villacorta Elementary in mid-November that will also serve the wider community after school hours and on Saturdays.
Students, the community, and state leaders — including Sen. Dr. Ed Hernandez — attended the opening ceremony for the clinic, which is operated by East Valley Community Health Center. Villacorta Elementary school was chosen for the site of the new clinic because it allows many families to access affordable care without having to travel long distances.
Services include physicals, immunizations, family practice care, and specialized treatment for asthma, diabetes, and hypertension. Beginning next year, patients will also be able to access prenatal and gynecological care. Read full coverage of the opening from the Pasadena Star-News. view photos of the health center opening gala on our Facebook page. Be sure to “Like” our page at www.facebook.com/schoolhealthcenters!
Oakland leaders and the wider community were on hand in early November to celebrate the opening ceremony of their newest school-based health center.
The West Oakland Middle School Health and Family Resource Center features a state-of-the-art health clinic, a computer lab, community meeting space, and a garden where students grow fresh produce. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was among dignitaries who attended the opening of the facility, which also includes a comprehensive dental exam clinic. School board officials and community members were given a tour of the center by student peer educators.