CHHCS is working with the School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) and the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) to provide leadership and technical expertise on integrating the social determinants of health into improvement efforts of school-based health centers and comprehensive school mental health systems across the United States.
The overall project, led by SBHA and NCSMH, aims to not only increase the number of school-based health centers and comprehensive school mental health systems in the country—and the number of students served by them—but to also demonstrate their use of best practices and improved quality of care. An additional objective of the project is to increase the number of states with specific policies or programs that promote the quality, sustainability and growth of school-based health services.
CHHCS contributes to these efforts by providing technical expertise in three key areas: 1.) social determinants of health, as they relate to school-based health services promotion, prevention and treatment, 2.) financing and sustainability of school health, and 3.) addressing school needs of special populations, such as refugees and immigrants.
Members of CHHCS staff also serve as subject-matter experts during monthly learning sessions to help build states’ capacities to address factors that impede student health and academic success. CHHCS also supports the development of peer-reviewed publications and resources and their dissemination.
August 16, 2018