Helping Connect Health and Education for California’s Kids

The Health Care Crisis in California

Across California, 1.1 million kids are uninsured and lacking access to health care. Oral health problems alone cause California kids to miss 874,000 days of class a year!

What happens when kids are sick and miss school? They fall behind, get lower grades, and are more likely to drop out.

School-Based Health Centers Help Kids Thrive

A school-based health center (SBHC) is a cost-effective way to provide all kids with quality health care. Conveniently located on or near the school campuses, SBHCs remove the challenge of parents getting their kids to and from the doctor, dentist, or counselor by putting health care where kids already are.

SBHCs can provide immunizations, chronic illness management (like asthma and diabetes), counseling, and health education—some even have a dentist! Best of all, SBHCs will see kids without insurance and at no charge.

Take Action for California’s Kids

Sign up for our mailing list. You’ll receive our bimonthly newsletter, important announcements about the state of school health in California, and hear about how you can take action to make sure that every kid—regardless of insurance status, income level, or geography—has the chance to be healthy and learn.

Join Us

We are the California School-Based Health Alliance. Our goal is healthy kids, successful students, and access to quality health care for all of California’s children. Help further our goal by joining as a member or contributing to support our work.