Capital Construction Funding for School Districts and School-Based Health Centers

Maureen Hinman

Oct 13, 2015

The 2015 legislative session resulted in some funding opportunities for school districts that are considering new construction or renovation of school facilities, including school-based health centers. House Bill 5005 allocated $125 million in bonds to provide matching grants for school districts that receive voter approval for local bonds and $175 million to provide seismic upgrades and...

Kaiser Permanente Awards Grant to the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance

Rafael Otto

Jul 16, 2015

News Release Portland, Oregon – The Oregon School-Based Health Alliance (OSBHA) will partner with Kaiser Permanente to proactively strengthen school-based health center (SBHC) services in Lane County, Oregon.   As Kaiser Permanente plans to open new medical and dental clinics in Lane County in 2016, the organization is supporting a range of local efforts, including the expansion...

2015 Legislative Round Up

Maureen Hinman

Jul 10, 2015

Legislative successes for SBHCs Sine die, the official end of the 2015 legislative session was Monday, July 6. As the membership organization and nonprofit advocate for school-based health centers (SBHCs) in Oregon, OSBHA worked hard throughout the session to increase funding for SBHCs, and we were rewarded for our effort! Senate Bill 5507 is a large budget bill, sometimes...

SYAC Survey Identifies Demand for Mental Health Care

Rafael Otto

Jul 9, 2015

Our Statewide Youth Action Council (SYAC) used a Participatory Action Research model to examine barriers to mental health services for young people. Working diligently since February of this year using curriculum from the Oregon Health Authority, the SYAC completed surveys and key informant interviews to highlight the need for mental health services and access in the metro area. The...

Oregon School-Based Health Alliance Announces New Executive Director

Rafael Otto

Jun 1, 2015

The Oregon School-Based Health Alliance (OSBHA) is pleased to announce the selection of Laurie Hoyt Huffman as the organization’s next executive director. Huffman joins OSBHA with enthusiasm for integrated health care and how the school-based health center (SBHC) model offers improved access to care and tremendous potential to positively impact health and education outcomes for young people...

Healthy Youth Relationship Summit Recap

James Biggers

Jun 1, 2015

On May 9 in beautiful Eugene, Oregon right in the middle of allergy season, I got the opportunity to help facilitate the Oregon School Based Health Alliance’s first ever Healthy Youth Relationship Summit. The summit had a total of ninety young people and adult coordinators and allies from over twenty different schools, organizations, and other agencies in attendance. Speaking from my...

Two Views: SBHCs are saving lives

Rafael Otto

Apr 10, 2015

We've started asking young people about their experiences with school-based health centers around the state and we're finding some amazing stories. Below we feature two perspectives. Mandy from David Douglas High School and C.C.J. from Pendleton High School share, in their own words, some powerful stories about health and SBHCs. Mandy is a senior at David Douglas High School...

Youth Advocates in Action at the State Capitol

Tobias Rubel

Apr 9, 2015

On February 26, I woke up, hopped into my white 1986 Cabriolet, and drove from my home in Portland, Oregon, to the state’s capital, Salem, for Awareness Day 2015. The capitol building was sleepy when I arrived—I was alone as I made my way up the marble steps into the building. Downstairs in Room 50, the largest rentable space in the building, the Youth Action Council of the Oregon...

SBHC Affiliates Create 18-Month Action Plan

Rafael Otto

Apr 8, 2015

In February 2015, the School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) convened leaders from 16 state affiliate organizations in Washington, DC to create an 18-month joint affiliate-national action plan to drive SBHC development across the country. The Oregon School-Based Health Alliance participated in the meeting along with West Coast partners from California and Washington. While visiting,...

SBHC Advocacy, Youth Leadership & Civic Engagement

Rafael Otto

Apr 7, 2015

The Oregon School-Based Health Alliance’s (OSBHA) 2015 SBHC Awareness Day on February 26, 2015 was a resounding success and the largest event of its kind supporting the state’s school-based health centers and stimulating youth leadership, advocacy, and civic engagement. More than 125 youth and adult advocates from five counties traveled to the state’s capitol in Salem to...