Fink and her associates shared limitations of their study, including the uniqueness of SBHCs
in New York City in providing comprehensive health care options, compared with those in the rest of the United States.
One such model, school-based health centers (SBHCs
), promotes the delivery of an array of services to youth in a proactive, easily-accessible, and integrated manner, with an emphasis on linking youth and families to other community supports as necessary.
As part of this array of services, SBHCs
provide a range of sexual and reproductive health services; however, since the inception of these centers, heated debates have raged in communities across the country over whether they should provide contraceptives on-site.
Nearly 80% of adolescents and parents reported SBHCs
were easily accessible, and more than 80% reported SBHCs
were a kind and caring place to be seen for health care and were sensitive to cultural values.
In order for public health programs such as those in FQHCs and SBHCs
to continue to develop and remain contemporary, it is vital that data be gathered to help optimize the allocation of funds and measure the effectiveness of the programs created to determine where resources will have the greatest impact.
Kirby, Waszak, and Ziegler (1991) explored the impact of a school-based health clinic (SBHC
) on the sexually risky behavior of middle and high school students in Dallas, Texas, through the use of a quasi-experimental design.
In response, a community asthma quality improvement initiative formed and demonstrated dramatic improvement in children with asthma attending Cincinatti public schools having school-based health centers (SBHCs
) (Guo et al., 2005; Mansour et al., 2008).
If there's a burden to care for a lot of uninsured or underinsured children, then SBHCs
serve to take some of the pressure off of the private sector.
There are more than 1,900 SBHCs
across the country, according to the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care.
and other key supports for student learning were among the reasons Omaha was selected this year by America's Promise Alliance as one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People (see sidebar), a feat celebrated at a community event held last month.
To help increase children's access to primary health care and other health care services, states and communities have established school-based health centers (SBHC
Richard Buery, president and chief executive officer of The Children's Aid Society in New York City, said the legislation would provide the first federal funds for the 2,000 school-based health centers (SBHCs