For Immediate Release: OREGON’S YOUNG PEOPLE ADVOCATE FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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February 24, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OREGON’S YOUNG PEOPLE ADVOCATE FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS

​SBHC Youth Legislative Awareness Day 2017

On February 27, 2017, young people from across Oregon will gather to advocate for access to health and wellness to cap off February’s School-Based Health Care Awareness Month, which was proclaimed by Governor Kate Brown on February 1st, 2017. The Oregon-School Based Health Alliance’s School-Based Health Center Youth Legislative Awareness Day—in its 10th year in 2017—is the only youth-driven advocacy event that supports school-based health in Oregon. During SBHC Youth Legislative Awareness Day, Oregon’s youth from around the state:
  • develop and share education about the legislative process
  • meet their legislators and advocate for the health needs of their community
  • build skills around community engagement and advocacy
  • connect with other youth leaders across the state
  • promote the importance of youth voice in access to school health services

​SBHC Youth Legislative Awareness Day also highlights the effectiveness and presence of school-based health centers for Oregon’s lawmakers. It provides an opportunity to connect legislators and students, allowing young people to tell the story of how SBHCs have impacted them. Students who attend have concrete opportunities to learn about civic engagement, communication, and leadership from policy experts and peer trainers, as well as engaging directly with legislators.

Thank you to OSBHA’s generous sponsors:  the EC Brown Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and Willamette Dental Group.

For questions, please contact, Megan Kovacs, Program Manager, OSBHA: megan@osbha.org, 503.719.4515