Children's Aid Students and Parents Advocate for School Based Health Centers in Albany

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In February, dozens of Children’s Aid Society students and parents traveled to Albany to advocate for their School Based Health Centers (SBHC). As part of National School-Based Health Centers Month, nearly 500 students, parents, health care practitioners and advocates from all over the state of New York took to the State Capital Building to meet with their legislators and share their stories on how SBHC’s have impacted their lives and their communities in general.

SBHC’s are considered by experts as one of the most effective and efficient ways to provide preventive health care. With a parent's consent for services, medical, dental and mental health issues are addressed in the school setting. This proactive approach prevents health issues from becoming acute concerns in the home, emergency room or community. As a result, youngsters miss fewer school days and parents miss fewer days at work.

Thanks to all the CAS students and parents for sharing their SBHC stories!