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School-Based Health Centers in an Era of Health Care Reform: Building on History

Resource type: Research Report

The University of California, San Francisco, Department of Family Health Care Nursing |

School-based health centres (SBHCs) play an important role in improving the health and well-being of youth, according to an article in Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care Journal prepared by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Family Health Care Nursing.  They noted that funding from the Affordable Care Act will help expand the number of SBHC sites and their ability to serve vulnerable children and adolescents with a variety of physical and mental health care services.

SBHCs have achieved demonstrated impacts in delivering preventive care, such as immunisations; managing chronic illnesses, including asthma, obesity and mental health conditions; providing reproductive health services for adolescents; and improving academic performance. The article noted that Atlantic’s Elev8 programme includes school-based health centres, along with educational, after-school and community services, in its middle schools.

To Learn More about Elev8:

> Visit or the websites of the local initiatives:

Elev8 Baltimore
Elev8 Chicago
Elev8 New Mexico
Elev8 Oakland

Elev8 is a grantee of Atlantic’s Children & Youth programme in the United States, which funds efforts to support and expand community schools.

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