School Health Centers
Bringing health care to where youth are.
School health centers bring health and wellness services to youth where they are: in their schools and surrounding communities. Now a nationally recognized best practice for improving health outcomes for young people, we have been supporting school health centers since 1996, in partnership with schools, districts, and health providers.
Our 29 school health centers in Alameda County are hopeful and optimistic places for all youth. They provide integrated health and wellness services that include medical, dental, behavioral health, health education, and youth development.
Our school health centers are operated by licensed Federally Qualified Health Centers in partnership with the school, district, county, and other providers. Within the structure of our core school health center model, the individual school health centers innovate and adopt best practices for health in schools. Learn more...
Alameda County, through the Center for Healthy Schools and Communities, provides an annual base allocation to each school health center in the county, investing over $9 million annually in operating funding. Additionally, our staff leads an ongoing quality improvement initiative and monthly learning community for school health centers to examine data and continuously set goals and adopt new strategies for improvement. Since 1998, we have partnered with the University of California, San Francisco, to implement an ongoing countywide evaluation of school heath centers.
Kimi Sakashita, MPH
School Health Centers Support Academics
School Health Centers Improve Access to Health Care
For more information, download our annual School Health Center Evaluation Report, prepared by the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.