Events & Training

The Alliance posts events, conferences, networking and training opportunities in school-based health care. Contact us at if you have an event to share here.

Webinar June 7, 2022: Relationship between School-Based Health Center Utilization and Educational Outcomes in Seattle Public Schools


Relationship between School-Based Health Center Utilization and Educational Outcomes in Seattle Public Schools

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 7, 2022, noon-1pm PT



This presentation will cover the results of a recent study regarding patterns of school-based health center service utilization (e.g. medical and mental health services) by race, gender and other demographic factors, and the impact of service utilization on educational outcomes for students, in Seattle Public Schools.


  1. Participants will learn about school-based health center service use patterns by race, gender and other demographic factors
  2. Participants will understand the impact of school-based health center services on educational outcomes for students who use and do not use school-based services during their high school trajectory
  3. Participants will discuss recommendations for improving service access and utilization, especially for students who are struggling academically


School-based health centers; education, healthcare and community partners; policymakers; funders; and others invested in student health.


Kelly Whitaker, Ph.D., Research Consultant, University of Washington School Mental Health Assessment, Research & Training (SMART) Center; Senior Research Associate, Education, Training, & Research (ETR) Associates

Through partnership with Public Health—Seattle & King County, the Washington School-Based Health Alliance is offering social work continuing education units (CEUs) through the National Association of Social Workers for these sessions. If you are interested in claiming CEUs for these sessions, please review the specific requirements of your licensure. To claim these CEUs, you will need to attend the online training and complete the post-session evaluation and quiz. Questions? Contact Erin MacDougall, Public Health-Seattle & King County, at

Building an Anti-Racist Health Center: Virtual Learning Event

In February 2022, the Washington Association for Community Health brought together Dr. Benjamin Danielson and leaders from Washington FQHCs (federally-qualified health centers) for an engaging discussion about racism in healthcare and their personal experiences. (Recording in English & Spanish.)

Due to popular demand, the Association is welcoming presenters back again for an in-depth discussion on cultural affirmation and anti-racism for health center leadership with an emphasis on how to support staff members from an organizational level. 

WHEN: Tues. May 24, 2022, 9:00am – 11:00am PST



As a result of the learning event, attendees will be able to:

  • Apply strategies to identify and address issues of racism in health centers
  • Discuss how leaders can build culturally affirmative and anti-racist organizations from the workforce, leadership, and organizational levels
  • Recognize likely challenges and ways to overcome them

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Leadership at community health centers (school-based health centers welcome to join)


  • Panel Facilitator:
    • Benjamin Danielson, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington
  • Panelists:
    • Jerry Garcia, PhD, Vice President of Medical Education & SeaMar Museum, SeaMar Community Health Centers
    • Socia Love-Thurman, MD, Chief Health Officer, Seattle Indian Health Board
    • CeCe Stovall, Clinic Manager, Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, Country Doctor Community Health Centers
    • Emily Flynn, MD, MS, Family Medicine Physician with Obstetrics & Clinical Site Director Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, Country Doctor Community Health Centers

Webinars June 2 & 9, 2022: School climate as prevention:  supporting student health, safety, and well-being through a positive and racially equitable school culture

The Washington School-Based Health Alliance and Public Health–Seattle & King County are pleased to welcome back Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph.D., to lead a two-part webinar series in June for the school-based health field in Washington:

School climate as prevention:  supporting student health, safety, and well-being through a positive and racially equitable school culture

The intended audience for this series is school-based health center (SBHC) providers and staff; community-based health providers working in schools; and key school partners. 

There will be two 2-hour sessions in the series, and registration is for both. The second session will build on the first, and we strongly recommend participants attend both sessions:

  1. Thursday, June 2, 2022, 11am-1pm PT
  2. Thursday, June 9, 2022, 11am-1pm PT


Session 1, June 2: 

Students spend a significant amount of time at school.  How does school culture/climate impact the health, safety and well-being of students, especially students who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)?  What needs to change at a systems level for a positive and racially equitable school culture/climate?   

Learning objectives.  Participants will:

  • Understand how school culture/climate can impact the physical and mental health, safety, and well-being of students, especially BIPOC students.
  • Learn how school culture/climate may be impacted by by systems-level policies and practices in the school.
  • Through a racial equity lens, be able to identify potential levers of change in school systems to advance student health, safety, and well-being. 

Session 2, June 9: 

As school-based health professionals, how can you relate and engage with colleagues and school partners to effect positive change in school culture/climate, especially for BIPOC students? 

Learning objectives.  Participants will be able to identify:

  • Where school-based health professionals could strategically engage with school partners in changing systems to improve school culture/climate, especially for BIPOC students.
  • Concrete strategies for engaging in difficult conversations with colleagues and school partners around racism and racial equity.
  • Where school-based health professionals might leverage their roles and expertise, e.g. through targeted outreach and education, to support school staff in creating positive school culture/climate and positive behavioral supports.

Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy is a Clinical and Organizational Consultant at the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York, NY where he also serves as Director. He provides Racially Focused Trauma Informed training, executive coaching, and consultation to a diverse network of individuals and organizations throughout the United States and abroad. He is a former Professor of Family Therapy at both Drexel University in Philadelphia, and Syracuse University in New York, and has also served as the Director of Children, Families, and Trauma at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York, NY.

He is the author of:

  • Culturally Sensitive Supervision: Diverse Perspectives and Practical Applications
  • Promoting Culturally Sensitive Supervision: A Manual for Practitioners
  • Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Class, and Gender
  • Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Strategies for Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence

In addition to his consultation work, Dr. Hardy is a frequent conference speaker and has also appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Dateline NBC, PBS, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

National School-Based Health Care Conference (virtual) June 27-30: Registration is Open

Join the School-Based Health Alliance for its annual conference, Achieving Health Equity Through School-Based Health Care,” June 27-30, 2022. This year’s conference is presented virtually. The opening session begins June 27, 2022, at noon ET. In addition to the keynote speakers, this conference will feature workshops with experts on a wide range of topics.

This conference is an opportunity to connect with fellow health care professionals, education professionals, and advocates from across the nation. More than 2,500 school-based health centers (SBHCs) nationwide deliver integrated, patient-centered care, screening for conditions like obesity and depression, and offering preventive services—all with a special focus on vulnerable children and adolescents. Conference attendees will explore the innovative ways SBHCs serve their rural, urban, and suburban schools and communities by promoting wellness and health equity.

Registration is limited to 450 attendees. Register now to reserve your spot!

Webinars April 7 & May 17, 2022: Virtual Workshops for Health Centers Interested in School-Based Care

The National Association of Community Health Centers and the School-Based Health Alliance are offering two virtual workshops for health centers on the key elements of providing school-based health care. The workshops include a focus on enhancing school-based partnerships and the unique operational considerations for providing school-based health care. Find out more about each workshop below.

Virtual Workshop 1: Schools and Health Center Partnerships
Time/Date: April 7, 2022 | 11am – 1pm PT

Description: Caring for the school-aged population is critical for community health centers, and expanding school-based health sites and services is a growth and development strategy. Health Center operators must have the ability to creatively partner with schools, school systems, educational leaders, school boards, and parents/guardians.

Learning Objectives:

Participants of this virtual workshop will:

  • Become familiar with best practices for school-based health care partnerships in sustainable operations.
  • Assess their health center’s relationships with a variety of education partners.
  • Identify action steps towards enhancing partnerships with targeted education partners.
  • Explore strategies to overcome challenges health centers may face when partnering with schools/education.


For more information, email

Virtual Workshop 2: Do School-Based Health Models Expand Your Community Reach? Yes! Come Learn the Recipes for Success
Time/Date: May 17, 2022, 11am – 2pm PT

Description: Caring for the school-aged population is critical for community health centers. Expanding school-based health sites and services is a growth and development strategy. Health Center operators must be aware of the unique operational considerations, competencies, and models along a continuum of possible school based or school linked health services, as provided by health centers.

Learning Objectives:

This virtual training workshop will:

  • Explain the difference between a school-run clinic and a FQHC-hosted school-based health center site.
  • Articulate the evidence base for the intersection of education and health in achieving healthy outcomes for school aged population. and families or as you have worded it below in bullet three.
  • Identify elements of success and pitfalls to avoid during your SBHC planning process.
  • Explain the challenges and benefits of delivering care at the intersection of education and health.
  • Showcase tools to assist with SBHC planning and start-up.


For more information, email