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What Are School-Based Health Centers? Nearly a million children living in New York’s poor communities lack access to basic health care. Lack of care impairs children’s social and academic performance and sets the stage for a lifetime of preventable problems. School-based health centers have proven to be one of the most effective ways of reaching these children. Located on the school premises, these clinics offer comprehensive services, including screening, primary care, mental health and counseling, family outreach, oral health and chronic illness management. Many also provide vision care. Coverage is available 24 hours a day and year-round and is coordinated with others who may be providing health services to the child. School-based health centers cut through the traditional barriers to care. They serve all children in the school without charge, regardless of insurance or financial status. Children do not have to miss school nor parents work. Care is provided by those who share their language, community and culture and is available without stigma. School-based health centers are a powerful tool for addressing racial and economic disparities. Currently some 255 centers serve 250,000 New York school children at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and the number is rapidly growing. They are operated by some 60 hospitals and community health centers and are fully regulated by the NYS Department of Health. School-based health centers are a relatively new addition to America’s health system and the NYS School-Based Health Foundation exists to strengthen their access, quality and sustainability. The New York School-Based Health Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization which focuses on projects to support school-based health initiatives. Donations made to the Foundation may be deducted from your federal taxable income to the extent permitted by law.

Why Support SchoolBased Health Care? School-based health care is a powerful tool for achieving health equity among children and adolescents who unjustly experience disparities in outcomes simply because of their race, ethnicity, or family income. In order to achieve this equity, SBHCs need the same financial and policy support as other sectors of the health system. Your donation will help to build educational resources and to fund critical research needed to support advocacy efforts in the field of school-based health care.

What You Can Do Donate to the Foundation. We are a charitable organization whose research and education activities rely solely on donations and grants. By donating to the Foundation, you are helping to support and expand this innovative model of care, ultimately making it available to thousands more children who could benefit from the services SBHCs provide.

Get Involved in the Foundation or the Alliance. Both organizations welcome engaged professionals who have an interest in committee work or board service. Together, we serve a dynamic field through leadership, advocacy, education and pioneering project work.

What Is the NY School-Based Health Foundation? The Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a broad mission of supporting the growth and expansion of school-based health centers (SBHCs), as well as improving health care access for all children and youth statewide. It does this by: •

Improving access to comprehensive, high-quality primary care, including medical, mental, oral, and community health services, for all children and youth statewide through school-based health centers by promoting high-quality service delivery in partnership with the Alliance.

Promoting growth and expansion of school-based health centers.

Funding research and education endeavors to increase understanding of the school-based model.

New York’s School Based Health Centers provide important care to at risk youth right in their schools. This translates into healthier kids who can take better advantage of the learning environment. This new Foundation can help maintain, strengthen and expand this important program.” NYS Senate Health Committee Chair, Kemp Hannon

SBHCs are a proven model of care that increases access to primary and preventive health care and mental health services on-site in schools for children and adolescents. The Foundation will help advocate for and build on this invaluable part of our health care and educational systems.” Assembly Health Committee Chair, Richard N. Gottfried

SBHC Characteristics While school-based health centers vary based on community need and available resources, this innovative delivery model offers a core of common practices: •

Located in schools or on school grounds.

Work cooperatively within the school to become an integral part of the school.

Provide a comprehensive range of services that meet the specific physical and behavioral health needs of the young people in the community.

Employ a multidisciplinary team of providers to care for the students: nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, social workers, physicians, alcohol and drug counselors, and other health professionals.

Provide clinical services through a qualified health provider such as a hospital, health department, or medical practice.

Require parents to sign written consents for their children to receive the full scope of services provided at the SBHC.

Have an advisory board consisting of community representatives, parents, youth, and family organizations, to provide planning and oversight.

Taxpayers can now donate to the state’s school-based health centers by checking off a box on their personal state income tax form. Donations will be directed to a fund in the NYS Department of Health for the expansion of services at existing clinics and the establishment of new centers. P.O. Box 8324 • Albany, NY 12208

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For more information about the New York School-Based Health Alliance, visit nysbha.org or email nysbha@gmail.com.

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NYSBH Foundation brochure  

informational brochure about the NY School-Based Health Foundation, a recently organized c3 providing research and support activities for sc...

NYSBH Foundation brochure  

informational brochure about the NY School-Based Health Foundation, a recently organized c3 providing research and support activities for sc...

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