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Blog Post 4: Keys to SBHC Success – Planning, Financing, New York State SBHC Guidelines

While exploring options around School Based Health Centers (SBHCs), there are key areas which ought to be considered. Excellent SBHC resources may be accessed for free from the national School Based Health Alliance website. From exploration of the research literature, as well as conversations with affiliates of RSA, the topic at the forefront of many stakeholders’ minds is financing – especially considering the startup costs to begin an SBHC. Other important factors to consider in starting up an SBHC are discussed below. While this list is not comprehensive, it does serve as a good start. 1. Identifying Funding Opportunities: A primary concern for school districts is that around startup cos

Blog Post 3: So You Plan to Open an SBHC? Keys to Sustainability and Insights from Dr. Chris Kjolhed

If you’ve determined that you’d like to open or improve a School Based Health Center (SBHC) in your school or district, first explore the Principles and Guidelines for School Based Health Centers in New York State. It is of particular importance to note that in New York State specifically, policy mandates that “All SBHCs must provide age appropriate, on-site, core primary care services that comply, in content and frequency, with New York State’s Child/Teen Health Plan (CTHP). Age appropriate reproductive health care is to be considered an essential component of comprehensive primary care (New York State Department of Health, 2017). While some schools have had to overcome considerable objecti

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