SBHC School Health and Wellness Project Assessment Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Wellness Champions Initiative

Investigator: Claire Brindis, DrPH
Sponsor: S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Location(s): United States


Oakland’s School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are a partnership between OUSD, Alameda County, the City of Oakland and community-based organizations. Every school year, Oakland’s SBHCs provide thousands of students with a range of services.

SBHCs support academic achievement in a number of ways:

  • Oakland’s youth suffer disproportionately from a number of health conditions including asthma, diabetes, depression, anxiety, trauma, sexually transmitted infections, etc. When students would otherwise have to leave campus to get health care, SBHCs treat and help manage these conditions, so that students can return to class ready to learn.
  • SBHC staff partner with other school staff to work with students of concern. SBHC staff often participate in Coordination of Services Teams, Student Support Teams, and the development of IEPs.
  • Young people who feel connected to their school community perform better in school. SBHC staff members develop caring relationships with students through the services they provide and through the youth development programs they offer.