Student Health Summit 2023

The Washington School-Based Health Alliance is pleased to host

a virtual state conference May 2-3, 2023

The Student Health Summit 2023:
School-Based Health Care for Health & Educational Justice

Where: Virtual (Zoom)

When: May 2-3, 2023
May 2nd 8:30am-2pm; May 3rd 9am-2pm (times are approximate, further details to come)

Cost: $75 / person, or $60 / person for groups of 3 or more
Conference speakers/panelists: please contact Catherine Crawford at for conference tickets/access

Register: Register an individual / Register a group of 3 or more

Healthy kids learn better

School-based health care provides a crucial link between health and education, improving outcomes for students in both areas. Along with other health care services in schools, there are over 70 school-based health centers (SBHCs) in Washington and rapidly-growing interest in the model as a way to reach kids where they are, close care gaps, provide early intervention, and help students stay healthy, in class and ready to learn.

The Student Health Summit 2023 is relevant to families, educators, healthcare providers, SBHC staff, social service organizations, policymakers, funders and other stakeholders invested in the health and education of youth in Washington.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Martha Merchant as our keynote speaker on May 2nd! Dr. Merchant will address Fostering Resilience, Wellness, and Racial Justice in Schools and School-based Health Care, in a keynote address as well as a follow-up breakout session at the conference with a focus on cultural humility and equity.

Keynote Speaker for Student Health Summit 2023,  Dr. Martha Merchant

Dr. Martha Merchant has worked with children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma for the past 19 years. doc Martha is a biracial Korean/white, non-binary person and abolitionist, working to empower others and to change the systems of oppression that exist all around us. She works with people often viewed as being on the downside of power, including children, people of color, poly families as well as LGBTQ folk. She is also committed to working with interns/postdocs and educators, who are also systematically undervalued.

She earned her colonial credentials (M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology) at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She came to San Francisco to train and work with Dr. Joyce Dorado, Ph.D., co-founder of HEARTS (Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools), at the University of California, San Francisco. While she was embedded at an elementary school in San Francisco she earned the title doc Martha from students and educators. She continues with that work in various schools in the US and Europe. doc Martha provides training and consultation in order to create more trauma informed, racially just, safe and supportive school environments.

The conference agenda is being designed to incorporate the voice of our youth and will include plenary and twelve breakout sessions. We are building out the agenda and will post further details soon. The agenda will include topics such as:

  • Behavioral Health During a Time of High Need & Workforce Shortages:  Practical Systems Approaches for Equitable & Coordinated Care in School-Based Health Centers
  • Youth Engagement in school-based health
  • A SBHC Clinic Coordinator Playbook
  • SBHC Outreach strategies to increase student enrollment, utilization, and equity in access to care
  • Consent & Confidentiality in school-based health care
  • Staff Wellness
  • Telehealth, Mobile, and Hybrid Models of care to serve diverse school communities: innovations and learning in WA
  • School-Based Health Policy & Advocacy Landscape in Washington
  • Youth Panel
  • AND MORE topics on providing school-based medical and behavioral health care

Please note:

  • We will be offering continuing education units for a variety of professions, details to come.
  • If you have questions about registration, are in need of financial assistance in order to attend, or have any requests to be able to access the conference, please email Catherine Crawford.

THANK YOU to our conference sponsors!

Molina Sponsor Student Health SUmmit 2023