California Student Health Index

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California’s Students Need More SBHCs

California’s students and families are facing some of the toughest challenges we may see in our lifetime. COVID laid bare the increasing need for health and mental health supports, as well as the low access to those services for historically marginalized communities.

As the statewide organization leading the movement to put health care in schools, particularly through school-based health centers (SBHCs), the California School-Based Health Alliance set an audacious goal to increase the number of SBHCs in California to 500 by 2030.

“Access to SBHC services personally changed my life and I saw how it changed the lives of my peers that struggled with depression, anxiety, and trauma. Services helped us learn how to control our emotions, what our emotions mean, and how to have healthier interactions with others. I can go back to my family and know that even though I didn’t grow up getting what I need, that’s not how my story will end. It flipped the script for me and many others.”

– Irma Rosa Viera, Youth Board Member, California School-Based Health Alliance

SBHCs Are a Proven Approach to Health & Education Equity

The Student Health Index Advances Health & Learning

By identifying where SBHCs will have the most impact for students

The Student Health Index is the first statewide comprehensive analysis to identify the counties, districts, and schools where new SBHCs will have the greatest return on investment for improving student health and education equity.

Key Findings of the Student Health Index

There are counties and districts with significant levels of unmet need

California is 1 of 15 states that does not provide state-level funding and support for SBHCs. Highest need schools are concentrated, especially in the Central Valley and Inland Empire. Existing SBHCs are located at higher need schools but not consistently at the highest need schools.

Highest need schools serve significantly more students of color than lower need schools

Read more about the methodology.

The Data Dashboard Is an Advocacy Tool for More SBHCs

To make the Student Health Index more accessible, a dashboard was created that allows users to view and explore the data through a variety of maps and tables.

The Dashboard provides a new way to look at health and educational data together.

  • It is a public, interactive mapping tool that spans all large K-12 public schools in the state of California, and allows users to view, download and explore school-level data on health, socioeconomic and school demographics and outcomes
  • It enables the retrieval, visualization, exploration and download of uniformly defined data across California for conditions, school characteristics and risk factors that can be improved through access to school-based health care and have been associated with impacts on educational outcomes.
  • It can be used by school staff, state legislators, parents, and the general public to assess opportunities for expanding school-based health care access in California.

Dashboard User Guide

Click the full screen icon at the bottom right to enlarge the dashboard view.

Take Action


Use the Dashboard to advocate for SBHCs in your local community. 


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Learn More

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