SBHC Planning & Start-Up: Experiences from the Field & Lessons Learned

Join Us

The Washington School-Based Health Alliance will be hosting a Zoom conference call to share experiences and lessons learned in school-based health center (SBHC) planning & start-up. A panel representing several Washington SBHC sponsors from across the state will share their experience followed by Q&A.

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 9:00-10:30am

If you are interested in joining this call, please let Sandy Lennon know by emailing  A calendar invitation with Zoom link will be sent the week prior.

Participant space is limited. If you have multiple people per organization interested in joining, consider joining the call together through one phone or computer if possible.


RFP from Kaiser Permanente Washington

Kaiser Permanente Washington is continuing its investment in expanding access to health services with the release of a new RFP supporting the planning, start-up and/or expansion of school-based health centers for projects in King, Kitsap, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston and Whatcom counties.

An informational webinar will be held on January 16th from 11am-12pm.

Applications must be submitted online and are due February 15th by 5pm.

More information can be found HERE.

Planning Grant for SBHCs in Bethel School District

Congratulations to Community Health Care, which has received a planning grant from Kaiser Permanente to partner with the Bethel School District in Spanaway to bring school-based health centers to their community.

Community Health Care, a federally-qualified health center, has long experience and a deep commitment to serving the community in Pierce County and is well-positioned to provide school-based health care in partnership with Bethel Schools. In the coming months, Community Health Care and the district will engage in planning with the support of Kaiser Permanente and the Washington School-Based Health Alliance.

New School-Based Health Center in Yakima

We’re excited to share that Yakima Pediatrics, part of Community Health of Central Washington, opened a new school-based health center (SBHC) at Davis High School in October.  Davis High School serves approximately 2,400 students in the Yakima Valley.

After establishing their Teen Health Clinic last year to provide a safe, friendly, and confidential place for adolescents to receive care, Yakima Pediatrics’ partnership with Davis High School was a natural next step in reaching teens in the community. With a study body that is 84% Hispanic/Latino, 85% low-income, 22% enrolled in transitional/bilingual education, and 14% migrant, Davis High School is an ideal location for providing services to youth who may face significant challenges accessing care elsewhere.

The Davis High School SBHC will provide both physical and behavioral health services two days a week to start, and looks forward to growing its capacity as it grows its relationship with the school community.