The success of Oregon's children and youth requires public policies that meet at the crossroad of health and education and address the disparities kids experience at home, school and in their communities.
Legislative and Policy Outcomes
HB 2445: This bill authorizes the school-based health center program as a state program, it provides planning grant funding to expand the number of SBHCS and increases the grants to most SBHCs currently operating. Press Release
SB436: This bill encourages coordinated care organizations to implement strategies for working with school-based health centers, the Early Learning Council, and the Youth Development Division . Press Release
At the Oregon School Based Health Care Network, we want to see alignment of education and health policy--Why? Because we all know that students perform better when they show up for class healthy and ready to learn. Poor academic outcomes and high dropout rates are major concerns of educators, policy makers, and parents alike – and poor health severely limits a child's motivation and ability to learn. Recent research confirms that health disparities affect educational achievement. Improving students health is integral to education reform.
SBHCs are the convergence of public health, primary care, prevention, mental health and oral screening; they provide an optimal setting to foster learning readiness and academic achievement while giving children the resources they need to improve their health.
See our Fact Sheet: Education Outcomes, Academic Success and the SBHC
We live in a constant state of change when it comes to health services. Coordinated Care Organizations, Health Insurance Exchange, Co-Ops, and Patient Centered Primary Care Homes are all the rage in Oregon. And what does all this mean for kids?
Our aim is to ensure that all these systems seamlessly support better health of students. We are doing this by bringing people together to learn from and with each other, building partnerships to move advocacy forward, introducing policy changes and pursuing all possible avenues of systems improvement. We believe the success of our work, in conjunction with students, SBHC supporters and other advocates has and will continue to bring awareness to the movement for health care where the kids are.