About CHSC

It is our vision that all youth graduate from high school healthy and ready for college, career, and life.

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 over 59,000 youth and families.

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

We foster the academic success, health, and well-being of Alameda County youth by building universal access to high-quality supports and opportunities in schools and neighborhoods. We value empowering families and youth, growing the capacity of communities to affect change, and building strategic partnerships that link health and education institutions to achieve equity.

Who We Are

The Center is staffed through Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. We are a multidisciplinary team of 50+ professionals with expertise in education, behavioral health, public health, and youth development.

Lisa Erickson, MSW
Interim Director

Rebecca Prager,LCSW
Behavioral Health Clinical Manager

Ignacio Ferrey
Associate Director Health Access

Jamie Harris
Associate Director Community Health

Erik Sakamoto
Executive Director REACH Ashland Youth Center

What We Do / FAQ

Q: Why school health?

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

Our Partners


Alameda County Office of Education
Alameda Unified School District
Berkeley Unified School District
Castro Valley Unified School District
Dublin Unified School District
Emery Unified School District
Fremont Unified School District
Hayward Unified School District
Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
New Haven Unified School District
Newark Unified School District
Oakland Unified School District
Peralta Community College District
Piedmont Unified School District
Pleasanton Unified School District
San Leandro Unified School District
San Lorenzo Unified School District
Sunol Glen Unified School District

School Health Center
Lead Agencies

Alameda Family Services
• Alameda High School–Based Health Center
• Encinal High School–Based Health Center
• ACLA/Nea High School–Based Health Center and Family Support Center
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
• Chappell R. Hayes Health Center
• Youth Uprising Health Center
City of Berkeley
• Berkeley High School Health Center
• B-Tech Health Center
East Bay Agency for Children
• Frick Health Center
East Bay Asian Youth Center
• Shop 55 Wellness Center
• Fred Finch Youth Center
• Rising Harte Wellness Center
La Clínica de La Raza
• 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
LifeLong Medical Care
• Elmhurst/Alliance Wellness Center
• Emery Health and Wellness Center
• West Oakland Middle School Health Center
Native American Health Center
• Madison School Health Center
• Skyline High School
• United for Success Middle School/Life Academy Health Center
• Madison Health Center
Piedmont Unified School District
• Piedmont High Wellness Center
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center
• Hayward High Health and Wellness Center
• Logan Health Center
• Tennyson Health Center

Alameda County
Board of Supervisors

District 1 Scott Haggerty
District 2 Richard Valle
District 3 Wilma Chan
District 4 Nate Miley
District 5 Keith Carson

Alameda County

Alameda County Arts Commission
Alameda County Child Care Planning Council
Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Activities League
Alameda County Health Care Services Agency
Administration & Indigent Care Program
Behavioral Health Care Services
Public Health Department
Alameda County Library
First 5 Alameda County
General Services Agency
Interagency Children’s Policy Council
New Beginnings Program
Probation Department
Redevelopment Agency
Sheriff’s Office
Social Services Agency

School-Based Behavioral Health Providers

Alameda Family Services
Ann Martin Center
Asian Community Mental Health Services
Asian Pacific Psychological Services
Bay Area Community Resources
Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland
City of Berkeley Mental Health Division
City of Fremont Human Services Department
Crisis Support Services of Alameda County
East Bay Agency for Children
Fred Finch Youth Center
Girls, Inc. Pathways Counseling Center
Hayward Youth & Family Services Bureau
La Clínica de La Raza
Lincoln Child Center
Portia Bell Hume Behavioral Health and Training Center
Seneca Center
Stars Behavioral Health Group
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc.

City & Community Partners

Alternatives in Action
Associated Community Action Program
Beats, Rhymes and Life
Berkeley Alliance
CAPE, Inc.
City of Berkeley
City of Dublin
City of Fremont
City of Hayward
City of Livermore
City of Oakland
City of Pleasanton
Eden Housing
Hayward Area Recreation and Park District
Kaiser Permanente
Kidango, Inc.
Niroga Institute
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Resources for Community Development
Safe Passages
Transitional Age Youth Advisory Board
Tri-City Health Center
Unity Council
Washington Hospital Healthcare System
Youth Radio
Youth Uprising

Research & Policy Organizations

Alameda Health Consortium
California School-Based Health Alliance
Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools
Coalition for Community Schools
Partnership for Children and Youth
National Center for Youth Law
Stanford University
• John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities
School-Based Health Alliance
University of California, San Francisco
• Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
• School of Nursing
Urban Strategies Council

Funders & Philanthropy

Alameda County
CalGRIP – California Governor’s Office on Gang Reduction and Prevention
City of Oakland Department of Human Services
Kaiser Permanente
Oakland Unite
The Atlantic Philanthropies
The California Endowment
The San Francisco Foundation
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
• Early Headstart
• Human Resource and Services Administration
• Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services