TODAY, June 4, is SBHC Day of Action!
From the National School-Based Health Alliance:
Today, we’re asking you to take just a moment from your busy Monday and reach out to your Members of Congress. As advocates of school-based health care, we all have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission. Let’s capitalize on our common energy and let Congress know that ALL children and adolescents deserve access to high-quality care in an environment that is convenient and comfortable — their school.
We’ve reached a pivotal moment in our long-standing political campaign to secure a federal program dedicated exclusively to school-based health centers (SBHCs), and there’s no slacking off now – especially as Congress hits the accelerator to get its business done before their break for summer and campaign stumping.
We are very close to realizing a decades-long vision for a federal authorization dedicated exclusively to school-based health centers – enabling opportunities for future funding. Please help us push our goal across the finish line!
REQUEST FOR ACTION
WHERE: From work or from home using a computer, phone, or other electronic device. If there are restrictions at your work for engaging in such activities, you may participate from your personal email account or your personal phone as a constituent of your state/district. YOUR VOICE MATTERS.
WHY: With a bill in the House extending the SBHC authorization program, this is our moment in time to solidify SBHCs as a federal program. We also expect a companion bill to be introduced in the Senate in the coming days. Congress is moving fast before leaving for the summer so in order to get these bills passed, we need action NOW!
HOW: Click “ACT NOW” to contact your Members of Congress (House) based on your zip code. A letter will populate for you to send. Take just a second to personalize the letter with some quick facts about the SBHC(s) you are associated with in your city/state. Press send. **Please note: the advocacy center currently targets House members only. It will be updated once the Senate bill is introduced, which we expect to happen before our SBHC Day of Action on June 4.**
This will only take a few minutes of your time and the importance of your action cannot be overstated. You and thousands of others from the SBHC field will take part in a tremendous national effort to help pass these bills and continue to serve children and families in need.
If you are interested in doing ADDITIONAL outreach to help pass this bill, please contact our federal policy liaisons, Brooke Lehmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Megan Zuckerman (email@example.com).