OSBHA March Newsletter: Responding to COVID-19

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Our March newsletter includes info on how we're adapting our work to support our mission through the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey to help us understand the needs of SBHCs during this time, and resources for Oregon communities.
March 2020
A Message From Our Executive Director
Hello OSBHA supporters,
As I began to write this letter, Governor Brown issued her Stay Home, Save Lives order, and the impact of COVID-19 grew stronger. We are all challenged by school and business closures, risk to our health, and many unknowns. OSBHA remains committed to supporting the health and academic success of young people, and we are modifying our work to best support our mission. Our staff are currently working from home. We are in touch and coordinating with the Oregon Health Authority, national School-Based Health Alliance and other affiliates about ways to advocate for and support youth impacted by school closures.
Our Student Health Advocates are actively working on healthy relationship, HPV prevention, youth-adult partnership, and policy projects using virtual platforms. We also are continuing to provide technical assistance and consultation for some sites doing school health planning grant assessments; and we’re modifying YAC coaching and ACTION grant projects.
So we’re here, available, and are flexing how we work to fit the current reality. We look forward to a return to regular operations and regular life. Until then, please take good care of yourselves and those closest to you. And don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need advocacy or other support.
Laurie Huffman
OSBHA Executive Director
We Want to Hear From Oregon's SBHCs
OSBHA would like to understand the needs of SBHCs during and after this pandemic, so that we can advocate for student health supports both at a state and national level. We know that many children and youth are experiencing health issues now and will in the future, including those with primary and complex care needs, trauma histories, challenging home circumstances, and those that may lose loved ones and others in their lives. It is critical that they have support now and when they return to school. If you work in a SBHC, we'd appreciate if you could ensure that your SBHC is represented in this survey so we have an accurate picture of the challenges that school-based health providers are facing. Thank you for your work supporting the children, youth, and families across Oregon.
Which School-Based Health Centers Are Open in Oregon?
We are updating our website with information on open and closed SBHCs in Oregon through the COVID-19 outbreak.
Click here for the most recent operational status list from the SBHC State Program Office, and please check with your SBHC directly before visiting.
If you are on the front lines at an SBHC and your operational status changes, please let OSBHA know by sending an email to admin@osbha.org. We will strive to keep information as current as possible. 
Resources for Oregon Communities
We know this is a challenging time for all, and this pandemic is especially hard on marginalized, low-income, and immunocompromised individuals. Here are some resources that may be helpful during this time:
Thank You For Joining us at Advocacy Day 2020
Youth from all around Oregon joined us on February 25th at the Oregon State Capitol for School Health Advocacy Day 2020. Students facilitated 25 meetings with their legislators to discuss the importance of school-based health services, and we were very excited to welcome Governor Kate Brown as our keynote speaker.
Thank you to the youth who joined us in Salem to advocate for school-based health services, and to the sponsors who made this event possible: CareOregon, EC Brown Foundation, PeaceHealth, Pacific West Bank, Columbia Bank, and Willamette Dental Group.
We would like to thank the following funders for supporting us in 2020:
Albany School District
Newberg School District
CareOregon, Gold Level Wellness Partner
Clackamas ESD
EC Brown Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, School-Based Health Center Program
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
Ronald W. Naito MD Foundation
School-Based Health Center Membership Dues
United Way of Columbia Willamette
Event Sponsors
Pacific West Bank
Willamette Dental
Individual Donors
Allan M. Siegel
Danni/y Rosen
Jill Daniels
William Thomas

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