Summary of OSBHA Work, FY 18-19

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Summary of OSBHA Work, July 2018 through June 2019

In support of our mission to strengthen school-based health services and systems that promote the health and academic success of young people, OSBHA has made key accomplishments in the following six areas:
SBHC Planning, Development and Support
  • Lane County SBHC Community Collaborative work led to developing and launching a collective website,, that serves as a single point of information on SBHCs as well as for prevention and healthcare tips and updates.
  • The OR School-Based Mental Health Summit was held in Bend, led by OSBHA in partnership with OHA Public Health Division School-Based Health Center Program.
  • OSBHA participated in a Design Sprint and Innovation Summit sponsored by iTP3.
Centering and Amplifying Youth Voice
  • Developed and implemented a statewide Youth Action Council (YAC) Summit with the theme: We Can Move Mountains: Breaking Down Barriers to Health Through Collective Power
  • Convened and facilitated three regional meetings with SBHCs, CCOs, LPHAs and tribal partners in Jefferson, Jackson, and Curry/Douglas/Lane counties focused on increasing youth engagement
  • OSBHA Student Health Advocates strengthen the youth voice in healthcare access and the promotion of healthy relationships. 13 members participated in over 10 events throughout the state, providing youth-led education and training on promoting healthy relationships and also presented at the national School-Based Health Alliance conference on Youth-Adult Partnerships
  • OSBHA Statewide Youth Action Council expanded efforts to center the youth voice in healthcare
  • Developed and conducted webinars on Engaging and Powerful YAC Projects and Destigmatizing Mental Health
  • ACTION grants were awarded to four SBHCs in Columbia, Multnomah, Umatilla and Washington counties to facilitate healthy youth relationship programming
  • Youth-led HPV prevention education is being developed by our Student Health Advocates and will be provided to high school students as part of our project funded by the Knight Cancer Institute. These students are also developing a training for healthcare providers on youth-oriented HPV prevention, funded by the EC Brown Foundation.
Trauma Informed Schools
  • OSBHA wrapped up three years providing technical assistance for a trauma informed schools pilot in Central High School (Polk County) and Tigard High School (Washington County), the result of a bill we originally developed and passed in 2016.
  • OSBHA continues work with the Central School District, developing and facilitating the Central Community Collaborative, a group of district and health partners working together to reduce chronic absenteeism by addressing ACEs and toxic stress.
  • While our 2019 bill to expand TIS funding did not pass, it is called out as a potential focus in the Student Success Act that will be providing school districts with more funding, and the proof of concept has now spread, with groups like COSA (the Confederation of School Administrators), OEA (Oregon Education Association) and others adopting the concept into their events and conferences.
Healthy Relationships
  • We led a collaborative effort to implement a HTRA (Healthy Teen Relationship Act) model at two Portland high schools. From 7/1 to 12/30/18, provided healthy relationship education and advocacy services to 4,506 students, 212 teachers, administrators, and SBHC staff, and to a handful of parents. Project partners collaborated with PPS to develop new policies to better support students.
Legislative Advocacy
  • In a challenging 2019 legislative session, we were thrilled to push through our House Bill 3165 which appropriates funding for school districts to conduct a supported school health planning process and then receive operational support. Funding is provided for hiring a consultant, evaluating the need for school-based health services, conducting a community engagement process, and developing a plan to address school health needs. After the first two years, operating funds will be available for six more school-based health centers with the possibility of funds for four more districts to pilot an alternative school health model. You can contact the SBHC Program,, for more information about the grants.
  • School Health Advocacy Day on 2/28 had over 100 participants, despite snow closures throughout the state. Students had 27 meetings with legislators to advocate for school health.
Promoting Equity
  • OSBHA conducted listening sessions with youth of color to learn more about their wants and needs for healthy relationship education and support.
  • As a result of facilitated work on board development and equity, we expanded our Board of Directors to 11 members. Our board now better represents communities we serve. We committed to an equity goal: By July 2020, OSBHA will actively engage in practices that redistribute, share and build power to change systems of inequity.
  • We participated in planning with the Mental Health and Latinos Community Advisory Council as part of the work of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs