Lowell Elementary Works Toward a School-Based Health Center

Cross-posted from Capitol Roots Housing:

The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict is working in partnership with Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and Country Doctor Community Health Center to bring a school-based health center (SBHC) to Lowell Elementary School in Seattle.

Lowell Elementary School is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle and is the assigned elementary school for all downtown homeless shelters. The disproportionately high population of homeless and low-income students is faced with many hardships, including a lack of access to health care.

Sarah Talbot, principal of Lowell, has been instrumental in leading the efforts to establish a school-based health center. “The students who come to Lowell are often pretty impacted by poverty. They often have experienced trauma, and they’re historically coming from families who have not been well served by schools. So it’s very important for us to be warm and welcoming, focused on the social emotional well-being of our students and to connect with the community organizations around us to help us meet the needs of families.”

The school-based health center at Lowell would provide affordable, conveniently located, and easy-to-access health care services for students and their families, as well as for school staff members, thus bridging the gap for families who do not consistently have access to care.

“We see ourselves as a place that can be a connector, a hub of connections for families,” Sarah said. “We can’t provide families with health care, but we can connect them to someone who can. And the school-based health center is about that.”  Read more.

Summer School with the School-Based Health Alliance

Cross-posted from the national School-Based Health Alliance:

The School-Based Health Alliance is hosting a five-part virtual learning series—Summer School with the School-Based Health Alliance. We’ve been listening to the field, and we missed seeing many of you at our annual convention. To help meet your needs in the current landscape, we’re offering this virtual series on pressing topics. We are excited to announce that Pedro Antonio Noguera, Ph.D. is the presenter for our first session, Race, Equity, and Inclusion in School-Based Health Care. Dr. Noguera is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. A sociologist, Dr. Noguera’s research focuses on how schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts.

Please find a description and registration link for all webinars below.

  •    July 22, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST, Race, Equity, and Inclusion in School-Based Health Care

    This webinar features Dr. Pedro Antonio Noguera, Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education.

  •    July 29, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST, Preparing for a Return to the Classroom: Suicide Prevention in Schools

    This webinar will address three evidence-based topics and the resources to support school staff as they manage current or emerging suicidal thoughts and behaviors in their students during the COVID-19 crisis. Presenters will share the rationale and tools to develop an individual and meaningful safety plan via telehealth; equip teachers and school staff with skills to identify and respond to youth who may be at risk; and provide an approach for supporting the school and family should a suicide occur. This webinar is co-hosted with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), the nation’s federally funded resource center devoted to implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC is a project of the Education Development Center.

  •    August 5, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST, Building Trauma-Sensitive Environments

    For those who interact with students or supervise staff who do, an understanding of trauma-informed practices is critical to working with returning students. Webinar presenters will discuss best practices for establishing positive relationships with schools, focusing on trauma-sensitive strategies. Participants will gain a foundational understanding of trauma, practice using strengths-based language to facilitate difficult conversations, and will examine opportunities for collaboration between schools and SBHCs.

  •    August 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST, Hearing Hoof Beats From A Distance: Primary Care and Telehealth

    As school-based telehealth care becomes more critical to maintaining students’ access to care, many clinicians are venturing into a virtual approach to primary care. This webinar offers an opportunity to learn from presenters who deliver primary care via school-based telehealth. Presenters will use a “rounds-style” collaborative discussion of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients remotely based on clinical cases.

  •    August 19, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST, Developing and Implementing Tele-behavioral Health in SBHCs

    School-based health centers are rapidly adopting and accelerating tele-behavioral health services. In this webinar, behavioral health care providers and administrators will describe their experiences implementing or adapting tele-behavioral health programs, identify challenges and opportunities discovered through this process, and discuss strategies and best practices for others moving forward.

Virtual Town Hall: How Can We Safely Reopen Schools in the Fall?

Cross-posted from the national School-Based Health Alliance:

The national School-Based Health Alliance is joining school health and education partners to co-host a special virtual town hall event on Thursday, July 16 at 4:00pm PST / 7:00pm EST, moderated by former U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics have released their guidelines for reopening K–12 schools, though many questions remain as states and school districts develop their plans for the fall. Join physicians from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) as they discuss what is known about COVID-19 and its impact on children and youth, as well as how we can help mitigate risks for transmission in schools for students and staff. Questions can be sent in advance through the registration link.

A Conversation on the Impact of Racial Injustices, Health Inequities, and Paths for Moving Forward

Join the national School-Based Health Alliance and the Weitzman Institute for a special panel discussion tomorrow, June 4, addressing the legacy of racial injustices and health inequities and discussing what we can do to stand in solidarity for change and form solutions for moving forward.

The school-based webinar topic, Health & Wellness; Ideas for Re-entry into the School Year, has been postponed. Look out for a new date on this topic coming soon.

The recording will be sent after the live session to all registrants.

If you have registered for the School-Based Webinar Series, you do not need to register again.

This webinar is the first in what will be a continuation of sessions on social determinants of health, health inequities, and racial justice. Stay tuned for more information on future webinars on these topics.

Time: Thursday, June 4; noon-1pm PST (3pm-4pm EST)


  • Yvette Highsmith-Francis, MM; Vice President, Eastern Region, CHC, Inc.
  • Robert Boyd, President, School-Based Health Alliance
  • Dan Bryant, LPC, MSEd, Clinical Director of Substance Use Disorder Services, CHC, Inc.
  • Tichianaa Armah, MD, Medical Director, Psychiatry, CHC, Inc.
  • April Joy Damian, PhD, MSc, CHPM, PMP, Associate Director, Weitzman Institute, CHC, Inc.