About CHSC

For 25 years, under the auspices of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, CHSC has been addressing health inequities by providing school health services to Alameda County youth.

Working in partnership with school districts, we provide and fund direct services through school health centers, behavioral health and dental programs. We also facilitate the implementation of coordination practices, family partnerships, and a host of equity-based initiatives including the REACH Ashland Youth Center. In 2019 we are proud to have served 25,000 youth.

Our experience has allowed us to continuously improve, document and duplicate quality practices, and contribute to the field. We are here to collaborate and share our solutions for implementing health care services
and creating opportunities for youth, families, and communities.

Our Mission

Who We Are




School Health Center
Lead Agencies

• Alameda High School–Based Health Center

• Encinal High School–Based Health Center

• ACLA/Nea High School–Based Health Center and Family Support Center

• Chappell R. Hayes Health Center

• Youth Uprising Health Center

• Berkeley High School Health Center

• B-Tech Health Center

• Frick Health Center

• Shop 55 Wellness Center

• Fred Finch Youth Center

• Rising Harte Wellness Center

• Fuente Wellness Center

• Havenscourt Health Center

• Hawthorne Health Center

• Roosevelt Health Center

• San Lorenzo High Health Center

• TechniClinic

• Fremont Tiger Clinic

• Youth Heart Health Center

• Elmhurst/Alliance Wellness Center

• Emery Health and Wellness Center

• West Oakland Middle School Health Center

• Madison School Health Center

• Skyline High School

• United for Success Middle School/Life Academy Health Center

• Madison Health Center

• Piedmont High Wellness Center

• Hayward High Health and Wellness Center

• Logan Health Center

• Tennyson Health Center

Alameda County
Board of Supervisors

Alameda County

School-Based Behavioral
Health Providers

City & Community Partners

Research & Policy Organizations

• John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities

• Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

• School of Nursing

Funders & Philanthropy

•  Early Headstart

•  Human Resource and Services Administration

•  Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services

What We Do / FAQ

Q: Why school health?

Because student health and wellness are deeply connected to academic success. We use the term “school health” to describe a holistic approach to wellness. We focus not only on the physical health of students—knowing a student can’t learn if they’re not present at school, or well-fed, or pain free—but also on the other aspects of wellness that our youth and families need to thrive: social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, and occupational. But schools cannot do this alone, nor should they. School health is a collaborative venture – bringing together the expertise of the health and educator sectors and leveraging the wisdom of the adults and youth in our schools and communities to enable students to fully engage and realize their potential.

Q: What is a school health initiative?

A school health initiative is a collaborative effort to improve access
to school-based health and behavioral health care services and comprehensive family supports; build comprehensive services to better support students at-risk for school failure; and create a sustainable, integrated, and effective regional system of care to support students and their families.

School health initiatives are powerful because they go beyond single programs; they coordinate the relationships and resources of a community towards a shared vision – healthy students learn better. Combining the expertise and resources of the health and education sectors has proven to be a successful strategy in addressing disparities and creating equitable opportunities for all young people to succeed. In other words, school health works!

While every school and community we work with is unique, we have identified a framework that is essential to the impact and long-term stability of school heath initiatives. We support our partners by convening collaboratives, supporting cross-sector collaboration, and providing training and coaching. Download:  How to Start and Strengthen a School Health Initiative.

Q: What services do you provide?

We provide school districts an array of school-based, school-linked health and wellness services for youth and families; we partner with school districts to build school-based health and wellness systems.

We also offer support for educators and health, youth, and family professionals working to improve health and education for young people. This includes coaching, consultation, convenings, workshops, and resources about school health initiatives and strategies. Find out more in Solutions...

Q: How do you evaluate the success
of your programs?

CHSC’s center-wide evaluation framework includes a set of common RBA (results-based accountability) metrics to capture the intended results of CHSC’s entire body of work as well as data collection tools that capture the timing, frequency, and roles/responsibilities related to administration. This design allows CHSC to document its body of work across the County and dissect this data by school district; and to develop district-level reports that offer comprehensive data about CHSC’s resources and investments in each school district. Find out more in Impacts...