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...

Youth Leaders Spearhead Advocacy Efforts for SBHCs

Rafael Otto

Feb 22, 2015

PRESS RELEASE Salem, Oregon — 2015 SBHC Awareness Day, scheduled for February 26 at the Oregon State Capitol, is an annual effort by the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance (OSBHA) to highlight the impact of school-based health services on student health and academic achievement. The event provides an opportunity for young people to visit the capitol, meet their legislators, and...

CORE Grant Program Now Accepting Applications!

Suzanne Flory

Feb 6, 2015

​OSBHA is excited to announce the RFA release for the 2015-2016 CORE grant program! Check out our FAQ about the CORE grant program! What is the CORE grant program? Through the generous support of the EC Brown Foundation, the CORE grant program seeks to assist school-based health centers (SBHCs) as they work with school-aged youth to develop healthy relationship skills and...

Oregon SBHCs: From 1985-2010

Rafael Otto

Dec 15, 2014

Contributed by Alyssa Rust Honoring a Legacy and Advancing a Future outlines 25 years, from 1985-2010, of Oregon’s School-Based Health Center (SBHC) history and their ability to build access to health care for children. The summary below provides highlights from the report.   A Look Back The SBHC movement first began in the late 1960s with centers opening in Massachusetts...

School-Based Health Centers and the Medical Home Model

Rafael Otto

Nov 25, 2014

Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes (PCPCH) in Oregon A patient-centered primary care home is a model that reinforces a patient-centered approach to providing care. The model of care promotes strong relationships with patients and their families with an emphasis on treating the whole person, therefore reducing costs, improving care through early intervention, a focus on prevention and...