Begin Your Shared Work

Create a Blueprint for Collaboration

Stakeholders’ first collaborative effort should be to develop a mutual understanding of their shared work.

This “blueprint for collaboration” should include:

  • a vision and mission for the SBHC
  • partners’ common interests and goals for SBHC services
  • clearly defined roles and responsibilities for all partners
  • decision-making and/or operational protocols for areas of intersection, such as:
    • information sharing
    • equipment and facilities sharing
    • student access to the health center
    • community access to the health center
  • systems for regularly scheduled and ad hoc communication

As early as possible, it should be formalized into a Letter of Agreement to which all partners can be held accountable.

Foster a Strong, Ongoing Relationship

Creating a “blueprint for collaboration” is only the first step in an ongoing process.

Stakeholders can continue to foster a strong relationship by taking important next steps:

  • Identify liaisons representing the school, the SBHC, and any other key partners.
  • Include at least one school representative on the SBHC advisory board.
  • Form a Coordination of Services Team (COST), including school and SBHC representatives, as well as any other student support services providers.
  • Ensure that the school and SBHC calendars are shared and kept updated.
  • Schedule regular, standing meetings between school and SBHC partners as a forum for discussing accomplishments, as well as for noting challenges (before they become full-on problems!) and finding mutually acceptable solutions.
  • Ensure that SBHC representatives attend school staff meetings and/or professional development sessions so they can give teachers and other personnel information about the SBHC, and about relevant medical and mental health issues.


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