Reflections from the 2019 National SBH Convention

At the 2019 National School-Based Health Convention, held in Washington, D.C. from June 23-26, five of our staff were among a strong delegation of 30 attendees from California. We were proud to join SBHC champions from across the nation who are leading the charge for more school-based health centers, better federal support, and shared resources to improve SBHCs and the care they deliver to thousands of students and families.

CSHA staff presented workshops that highlighted their expertise and California’s leadership on trauma-informed practices for empowering young men of color; addressing environmental asthma triggers in schools; the legalization of marijuana; SBIRT; and the challenges of confidentiality and consent in school-based health care. Participants were eager to hear from our team and learn more about our resources, including how our Youth Health Worker curriculum helps students address their peers’ substance use and misuse.

Advocacy for school-based health was a highlight of the convention. Eighteen attendees from California, led by our Policy Director, Lisa Eisenberg, visited the offices of 19 elected officials, including Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein and Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff. Legislative staff were eager to learn more about how SBHCs are helping California youth and voiced support for our efforts, including the SBHC Reauthorization Act. As a result of our advocacy, four California representatives signed on as cosponsors of HR 2075—Nanette Barragán, Jimmy Gomez, Tony Cárdenas, and Ro Khanna.

We are excited to be part of the growing school-based health movement across the U.S. Next year’s convention takes place in Denver—we hope you can join us there!