Youth Blog: The What’s and How’s of Birth Control

Student Health Advocates

Jan 29, 2019

This blog post is by Jessica Griepenburg, a member of OSBHA Student Health Advocates.  What is birth control? Birth control, simply put, is pregnancy prevention. But there are countless methods and types that help with all sorts of things, including menstruation control and prevention of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs).   Though birth control use is mostly accepted...

An Interview with Alfonso Ramirez on Trauma Informed Schools


Jan 7, 2019

In 2016, OSBHA worked to pass a bill to pilot trauma informed schools and funds were allocated to support two pilot schools, Tigard High School (THS) and Central High School (CHS) in Independence, OR. This is the third year of the pilot. OSBHA has been providing technical assistance to the two schools, working closely with the Trauma Informed Schools Coordinators’ hired to transform the...

Spotlight on an SBHC: An Interview with Bethel Health Center Director Brooke Cottle


Jan 7, 2019

We are always thrilled to hear about Oregon SBHCs taking innovative approaches to providing care to youth. Bethel Health Center is one of those SBHCs. OSBHA Executive Director Laurie Huffman (pictured right) recently sat down with Bethel Health Center Director Brooke Cottle (pictured left) to discuss community partnerships, youth mental health, and more. Laurie Huffman: Thanks for meeting...

Urgent request to supporters of school-based health: Time is of the essence!


Dec 21, 2018

The 2019 legislative session is fast approaching. Representative Nancy Nathanson put forth a legislative concept that will become a bill. Its goal is to get more children and youth health services in schools statewide. The bill will give communities funding for planning grants, and then provide subsequent funding for a school-based health center, school-based mental health services,...

Youth Blog: Stress In Today’s Youth

Student Health Advocates

Dec 4, 2018

Author Destiny Obgeama
This blog post is by Destiny Obgeama, a member of the OSBHA Student Health Advocates. One of the biggest health concerns for youth today is stress. Stress in youth is often overlooked due to the fact that they are young, and ‘couldn’t possibly have any serious matters to stress about.’ Some adults even try to diminish a young person's feelings because they haven...

Youth Blog: Measure 106: the Backdoor Ban on Abortions

Student Health Advocates

Nov 5, 2018

This blog post is by Mira Hukill, an OSBHA Student Health Advocate. What is it? Measure 106 would prohibit public funds from being spent on abortions, with the small exception if medically necessary, or required by federal law. To qualify as medically necessary, a licensed physician would need to determine that the pregnant woman would suffer an injury or even death unless an abortion is...

Apply to be a Student Health Advocate!


Sep 12, 2018

Applications for our 2018-2019 Student Health Advocate group are now open.  Applications just opened to be a part of the Student Health Advocates with the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance. This is a 9-month leadership opportunity for students ages 14-22 in the Portland Metro area who are interested in school-based health and health equity. Student Health Advocates help plan...

Back to School Newsletter


Sep 5, 2018

Not on our email list? Sign up here to be the first to hear about OSBHA news & updates. Save the Date: Join us for Advocacy Day 2019! ​OSBHA's next School Health Advocacy Day is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2019. School Health Advocacy Day is the only youth-driven advocacy event that supports school-based health services in Oregon. This annual event provides...

Youth Blog: Guns in America

Student Health Advocates

Jun 5, 2018

​OSBHA Student Health Advocate Deza'Rae Collins was recently selected to participate in a journalism project with TIME magazine and Advance Local, devoted to exploring different perspectives about guns in America. Advance Local brought 21 citizens to Washington D.C. for a two-day intensive workshop on the weekend of the March For Our Lives protests. Here, Deza'Rae shares about her...



May 2, 2018

Portland, Ore. May 2, 2018– The Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Raphael House of Portland, Volunteers of America Home Free, and Portland Public Schools are delighted to announce the launch of a collaborative program providing Healthy Relationship Advocacy services at Cleveland and Franklin High Schools. There is growing recognition of the prevalence of teen relationship violence and...