As an emerging affiliate of the national School-Based Health Alliance, we represent the school-based health care movement “in the field” and provide valuable input into the day-to-day operational needs of school health care providers. Show-Me School-Based Health Alliance of Missouri creates synergy around school-based health through education and training programs, networking, data collection and evaluation, advocacy, and provision of technical assistance for sites. Our vision for a comprehensive program to support school-based health in Missouri includes:
Education and Training
The Alliance Membership Development and Education Committee collects and provides resources to train participants in best practices and trends in school-based health care delivery. The committee envisions a variety of training opportunities including General Assembly sessions, workshops, webinars and an online resource library.
One of the strengths of The Alliance is its ability to bring people together. As the only statewide organization focused on promoting school-based health programs, we have made it a priority to connect school nurses, community health clinics, behavioral health providers, school administrators, counselors, parents, students, government agencies and anyone else interested in supporting this important investment in children’s health.
Data Collection and Evaluation
School-based health is grounded in research that confirms it as a solution that makes a difference in educational and health outcomes for children. The Alliance is committed to collecting and analyzing data and information about school-based health in Missouri — and then using that information to advocate for funding and resources to promote expansion. Also, The Alliance assists sites in improving their own data collection and evaluation tools.
The Alliance staff and volunteers provide assistance to potential and current sites to help them overcome obstacles, follow best practices and reach more children. For example, start-up organizations may receive the following services:
- Resources and tools to help with needs assessment
- Assistance with creating a plan to make a school-based health care program a reality in a specific location
- Connections to potential health sponsors
- Guidelines for buildout and fundraising
Informing elected officials at the local, state and federal level about the success of school-based health strategies makes a difference! The Alliance seeks to inform participants and members about legislation and policy that could impact their programming and provide tools to make it easy to share information with policy-makers.