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Blog Post 2: The Case for School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) in Rural New York State and the RSA Co

Over the past few decades, a number of studies have revealed the corrosive impacts that insufficient access to preventative and primary healthcare – due to health insurance limitations, financial burdens, and reduced access to high-quality care – may have on a child’s long-term outcomes across social, economic, and educational indicators (Brindis, 2016; Gregg et al., 2019). These adverse outcomes due to obstacles disproportionately impacts rural regions. Evidence shows, for example, that compared to urban hospitals, rural hospitals are more likely to be in counties with an elderly and poor population. Furthermore, due to financial troubles, hospitals in rural regions have fewer advances in i

Blog Post 1: School Based Health Centers: Introduction

This is the first in a six-part blog series, by our guest and graduate from the Cornell Institute on Public Affairs, Elisabeth Lembo. There is an urgent need to expand access to healthcare to students, primarily in rural regions. This is particularly true in New York State, where there is a large population of students in rural regions. In New York, access to School Based Health Center (SBHC) interventions are primarily found in New York City – with far fewer placed in the rural regions. The specific definition of a SBHC varies by state. In New York, they are defined by the New York State Department of Health as: “a licensed school-based health, dental, or mental health clinic [that] is loca

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