School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are an important access point to health care for adolescents. SBHCs reduce barriers to care such as cost to the patient, access, missed work for parents/guardians, and transportation. Adolescents who utilize SBHCs have been found to have increased rates of preventive visits and immunizations, improved chronic disease management outcomes for asthma, obesity, and mental health care, and decreased health care costs. Due to concerns of fragmented care for patients utilizing SBHCs, the American Academy of Pediatrics endorses collaboration of community primary care providers with SBHCs.
AHI is developing a Starter Guide on Primary Care – School-Based Health Center Collaboration. Check back soon for this resource! Starter Guides are mini-toolkits that offer concrete, actionable steps to improve adolescent care.
Our Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process (ACE-AP) helps health centers become more youth-friendly and improve their adolescent quality measures. More than just a checklist, the ACE-AP is a facilitated, comprehensive self-assessment and guided improvement process that includes customized resources, recommendations, technical assistance, and implementation plans using Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) improvement cycles.
Interested in making your SBHC more youth-friendly or forging relationships with local PCPs (or with SBHCs, if you are a PCP)? We help health centers across the country instate customized workflows to best fit their needs and implement best practice in adolescent health care.