Community-Based Participatory Prevention Research: Evaluation of Alameda County School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)

Investigator: Claire Brindis, DrPH
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Location(s): United States


Established in 1996 by the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (ACHCSA), the Alameda County School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Coalition is a unique model that seeks to improve adolescent health by providing base funding and building the capacity of comprehensive health centers located on school campuses. It is one of the few existing SBHC consortia of its kind in the country. The SBHC Coalition works to promote capacity building and partnerships using a Strategic Plan that guides the infrastructure, services, and comprehensive evaluation. The key health outcomes of this Strategic Plan are that students have enhanced access to health care services, that students and the SBHC clients have increased utilization of health care services, and that SBHC clients have improved health status and behaviors.

Since its inception, the SBHC Coalition has grown from three to eight SBHCs, which are located in five school districts. Seven of these SBHCs are on high school campuses and one is on a middle school campus:

  • Berkeley High School Health Center, Berkeley High School

  • Logan Health Center, James Logan High School

  • Roosevelt Health Center, Roosevelt Middle School

  • San Lorenzo High Health Center, San Lorenzo High School

  • TechniClinic, Oakland Technical High School

  • Tiger Clinic, Fremont High School

  • Tri-High School Health Services, Alameda and Encinal High Schools