Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers
The Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers is an advocacy and networking organization committed to increasing access to quality health care for all children and adolescents in Connecticut schools. Connecticut's school based health centers (SBHCs) have delivered comprehensive health care in schools—where students spend 25 percent of their day—for 27 years.
Summary of Activities:
The Connecticut Department of Public Health funds 88 SBHCs, and that number continues to grow each year. SBHCs provide physical, mental, and oral health services to more than 44,000 students in 22 Connecticut communities each year and have become a key part of Connecticut's comprehensive coordinated care system for children and adolescents.
Connecticut SBHCs work cooperatively with schools to implement quality standards through person- and family-centered care. Students who use their SBHC have access to a routine source of care, a personal nurse practitioner and behavioral health clinician, referrals for specialty care, and coordinated health care. In a 2012 Connecticut Student Satisfaction Survey report, more than two-thirds of students confirmed that they learned new health habits through their visits to the SBHC.1 An even higher percentage of students reported that visits to the SBHC taught them how to better manage their personal health issues.
Connecticut SBHCs also deliver important preventive health monitoring services that provide students with a solid foundation for a healthy future. Locations throughout the State offer dietary and exercise counseling services to help identify and monitor the obesity rate in young children and adolescents. By monitoring the obesity rate, SBHCs work to reduce the incidence of adult health conditions that may require costly treatment. A recent study estimated that a 1-percentage point reduction in obesity among 12-year-olds would save $260.4 million in lifetime medical expenditures.2
SBHCs also provide a cost-effective means of delivering care. Studies have shown SBHCs reduce Medicaid costs associated with emergency room use and hospitalization. In the case of children and adolescents insured by Medicaid, each visit to an SBHC saves an estimated $35.00 in Medicaid costs per child per year.3
Alignment to the National Quality Strategy (NQS):
The Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers' efforts:
- Ensure that each person and family is engaged as partners in their care in schools.
- Promote the most effective prevention and treatment practices for obesity.
- Work with communities to promote wide use of best practices to enable healthy living.
- Make quality care more affordable for individuals, families, employers, and governments by developing and spreading new health care delivery models.
The Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization. Membership consists of SBHC sponsoring organizations, affiliate organizations, and individual members. Learn more about the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers.
1 Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers (CASBHC), Student Satisfaction Survey. http://www.ctschoolhealth.org/images/2012_FINAL.pdf.
2 Trasande L. "How Much Should We Invest In Preventing Childhood Obesity?" Health Affairs, March 2010, 29:3372-378; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0691.
3 Guo J., et al. "School-Based Health Centers: Cost–Benefit Analysis and Impact on Health Care Disparities." American Journal of Public Health (2010), 100, 1617–1623.