Tools, Tips, and Wisdom for successful School Health Initiatives

School Health Centers Work

A school health center is both a clinic and a place for students to experience positive youth development opportunities. Successful school health centers go beyond co-locating services on a school site. They have trusting and collaborative relationships with youth, families, school staff, providers, and the community. Now a nationally recognized best practice for improving health outcomes for young people, we have been innovating with school health centers since 1996 in partnership with schools, districts, and health providers.

The result? We see improved health and education outcomes among youth, especially those most traditionally under-served. And we see increasingly positive school environments that promote wellness for students, their families, and staff.

Explore the sections below to learn more about our school health center model and best practices, and to find tools to use in your own community.


Bringing health
to where youth are.

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Our School Health Center Model

Overview of our SHC model, with foundational elements, core service components, and best practices in service delivery.

Resources for Planning a School Health Center

Resources from Alameda County and national partners for planning SHC facilities and programming.

Tools for Coordinating Partnership

Agreements, tools, and resources for coordinating partnerships among schools and school health center providers.

Evaluation and Quality Improvement Resources

Tools and resources for supporting continual improvements and evaluation resources in school health centers.

Smart Finance Practices

An overview of our school health center business model.

Using an
Equity Lens

Learn more about how our school health centers are targeting resources to address inequities at school and in communities.