School health centers make a difference by serving as a welcoming access point for students. Your school health center plays a vital role in supporting students’ healthy development. It also improves academic success by providing a safe environment with caring adults. And school health centers are perfectly positioned on campus to give students access to confidential health services and education. Once kids come to the center for health services, they stay to participate in authentic leadership and skill-building experiences.
CHSC has been supporting school health centers since 1996, in partnership with schools, districts, and health providers. Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, through CHSC, provides an annual base allocation to each school health center in the county, investing over $9 million annually in operations funding. Our school health centers are operated by licensed Federally Qualified Health Centers in partnership with the school, district, county, and other providers.
How it works
Building a school health center is a complex undertaking. Luckily, a comprehensive body of work exists about starting school health centers. On this page, you will find resources and links related to the various aspects of school health center planning.
Our school health center planning process is similar to the overall process for any school health initiative, but with the added component of facilities design and construction. Click on the links below to download our planning overview and other tools. Visit these additional recommended websites for planning resources: