2014-15 Annual Report

Letter from the President

What a year it has been for the School-Based Health Alliance and our movement. We’ve seen school-based health centers (SBHCs) recognized by high-profile organizations and called upon during crises. At the Alliance, we published our core competencies and State Policy Survey, rebuilt our website, broke our census completion record, traveled to Capitol Hill during Awareness Month, and honored two outstanding individuals for their decades-long dedication to championing and advocating for SBHCs.

We also took on an audacious commitment: by 2018, we will increase the number of SBHCs by 30 percent AND that 50 percent of all SBHCs will report key standardized performance measures annually.

These are lofty goals, and we can’t do it without your help. During the 2015 National School-Based Health Care Convention in Austin, Texas, we asked our attendees to share a bold idea to create #MoreSBHCs and their hope for #GreatSBHCs. The responses didn’t disappoint.

Some of your thoughts on how to create #MoreSBHCs included:

  • Creating a mentorship program to connect established SBHCs with newer health centers
  • Connecting school-based health care advocates with mental health, education, and faith-based folks who are passionate about the health of children and adolescents
  • Providing more services in elementary and middle schools to catch issues earlier and have a larger impact

For how to support #GreatSBHCs, many of you offered aspirational goals:

  • That SBHCs will recognize, address and improve outcomes for social determinants of health
  • That SBHCs will provide individualized mental and physical health plans for each student
  • An SBHC in every school!

These are just a few of the strategies offered up in Texas. I encourage you to keep the dialogue going. What can we do to ensure more students have access to health care services in school? How can we create a policy environment that supports new SBHCs? And what will our field look like when we are all demonstrating our impact with a standardized data set? Share your thoughts below.

John Schlitt
John's Signature
School-Based Health Alliance


High Profile Praise for SBHCs

In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control Community Preventative Services Task Force (Task Force) released findings from its latest scientific systematic review, declaring SBHCs to be an “effective intervention for improving health and education outcomes in low-income communities”.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released its Culture of Health Action Framework— a collection of four interrelated action areas to improve health. They included SBHCs as a delivery model that can improve access to health care and promote better health outcomes among children and adolescents. Inclusion of SBHCs in the reputable guide of proven community solutions provides national visibility for the model and has great potential to attract new funders and partners.

“It’s great to see these high-profile groups acknowledge what we have always known: that providing health care in schools is the best way to ensure students have access to the support they need.”

—Larry Bostian, Vice President of Development, School-Based Health Alliance

On the occasion of the Alliance's 20th anniversary, we wanted to recognize and honor two individuals who contributed to the field's political strength over the past two decades.

2015 Lifetime Advocate Award


“Sue fights annually for her state’s investment in SBHCs. She picks up the phone and barks demands of her elected representatives with gentility and Southern charm. And they thank her for the pleasure.”

—John Schlitt, President, School-Based Health Alliance

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2015 National Champion Award

“Supporting school-based health care has been a component of Senator Stabenow’s distinguished career. We’re thankful to have her as an advocate.”

—John Schlitt, President, School-Based Health Alliance

Communities Look to SBHCs to Heal

In the previous year, SBHCs’ distinct child and adolescent health expertise, knowledge, and experiences earned them the endorsement of two high-profile commissions formed in response to violent incidents in Newtown, Connecticut, and Ferguson, Missouri. The Connecticut Institute for Communities called for more SBHCs to provide for the long-term health needs of the community, and an SBHC opened at Newtown Middle School in February 2015. One year after the death of Michael Brown, the young black male fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson in August 2014, the Ferguson Commission included SBHCs in its list of recommendations to improve “childhood mental and physical health” in their community.

“While it’s encouraging to see the value of school-based health care recognized on a national stage, it’s important that the preventive aspect of SBHCs isn’t lost. Having an SBHC in place can help communities efficiently address the aftermath of tragedy.”

—John Schlitt, President, School-Based Health Alliance

States Maintain High-Level Investment

State Policy Survey Map

“The data we collect in the state policy survey is vital to our state advocacy efforts. Understanding how these 18 state governments fund their SBHCs allows us to share best practices and help guide new states that are interested in implementing an SBHC program.”

—Suzanne Mackey, Senior Policy Analyst, School-Based Health Alliance

Closing in on 100% Census Completion!

The Alliance is very appreciative of the field's overwhelming response to our call for data. Thank you to everyone who participated—our state affiliates, state program offices, volunteers, and Alliance staff who did an amazing job collecting this crucial information. We set a new record: 82.1 percent of SBHCs completed the survey! The data we collected is vital to our understanding of the SBHC model, and you can view the results in our digital report.

“It’s so exciting to see such a high completion percentage for this census. With so many SBHCs reporting data, we have a clearer picture of the field than ever before.”

—Hayley Lofink, Director of Research and Evaluation, School-Based Health Alliance

What Makes a Great SBHC?

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“With such diversity in the model, I’ve always found it hard to answer the question ‘what is an SBHC?’ With our core competencies, we’re on our way. These seven components highlight the best of high-performing SBHCs.”

—Laura Brey, Vice President for Strategy and Knowledge Management, School-Based Health Alliance

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2015 Hill Day

“It’s always a pleasure to meet with my elected officials in Washington, DC. It’s important to share our stories with them so they hear how school-based health care is improving the lives of their constituents. I see these meetings as my obligation to the field and the children we serve. Who will speak for them but me?”

—Sue Catchings, Chief Executive Officer of Health Centers in Schools, Baton Rouge, LA

Updating Our Digital Footprint

We rebuilt our website in 2015 to strengthen our public profile and communicate our role in improving the health status of children and youth. We have so much to share within our national SBHC community, and the new website is designed to serve as a hub for news, resources, information and guidance.

The website was completely reorganized and features new navigation, resources, news updates, blog articles, and much more. We’ve worked to provide tools that meet the needs of many audiences, including members, researchers, practitioners, advocates, and leaders within our network. We’re happy with the results so far—and hope you are too!

“The new website will change they way we communicate about school-based health care. This site is built on an entirely new system, which allows us to build user-friendly webpages and use technology we never had access to before.”

—Kyle Taylor, Communications Manager, School-Based Health Alliance

2014-2015 Financial Report

SBHA Assets & Liabilities
FY Revenue & Expenses

Thank you to our funders, donors, members, and affiliates!

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