Washington State at 2019 National SBHC Convention & Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

Over 60 people from Washington state attended the 2019 National School-Based Health Care Convention in June in Washington, D.C. This was record attendance by far for Washington, an indication of the growing interest and investment in school-based health in our state.

Forty attended a state networking dinner sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and the Washington School-Based Health Alliance. The event was a much-appreciated opportunity to meet and connect with others engaged in school-based health from across the state.

Thirty joined in Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill to advocate for school-based health with all twelve of our Washington members of Congress. It was an energizing day, with many great discussions with legislators and their staff.  So far eight of our members have signed on to co-sponsor the federal SBHC Reauthorization Act of 2019, including Representatives Newhouse (R-4), McMorris Rodgers (R-5), Jayapal (D-7), Smith (D-9), Heck (D-10), DelBene (D-1), Schrier (D-8), and Kilmer (D-6). Thank you for this strong bipartisan show of support for our children and youth in Washington!

Some photos from Advocacy Day:


National Learning Collaborative for SBIRT in SBHCs

New Learning Collaborative: Implement SBIRT in Your SBHC!

Deadline to Apply: August 15

From the national School-Based Health Alliance:

We’re pleased to announce a BRAND NEW opportunity to join a national School-Based Health Alliance learning collaborative. This effort will focus on improving the quality of SBHC services you deliver while also preventing/reducing youth substance use and depression.

Through generous funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, our new learning collaborative—Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment-in-School-Based Health Centers (SBIRT-in-SBHCs)—launches this fall.

Join other SBHCs from around the nation in taking the lead on developing capacity for SBHC quality, collaboration, and prevention work.

For more information, join us for an informational webinar on July 30 at 12:00pm Eastern or apply now!  Deadline for applications is August 15.

August SBHC Community of Practice Call

Tips and Tricks for SBHC Outreach and Student Enrollment
Washington SBHC Community of Practice Call
Wed, August 14, 9:00-10:30am

Back-to-school is around the corner.  How do school-based health centers (SBHCs) market their services, enroll students, and encourage students to actually walk through their doors?  Join us for a conference call panel discussion with SBHC sponsors and providers across the state to hear their strategies for outreach, student enrollment, and increasing SBHC utilization. There will be time for Q&A.

If you’d like to join this call, please email Sandy Lennon, and you will receive a calendar invite with call-in details.

Job posting: Health Educator, Public Health–Seattle & King County School-Based Partnerships Program

Public Health–Seattle & King County is hiring a Health Educator for their School-Based Partnerships Program.  The job posting is here.

The person in this position would be responsible for mentoring a group of youth peer educators who promote positive mental health and aim to reduce youth suicide within communities of color in Seattle. This position is full time during July and August and part time during the school year. It may align well with work schedules for those already working in school settings. All applicants welcome! The posting will close July 31.