February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month!

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We all want children to be healthy and successful, in school and out – and access to health care is a critical component. Sadly, too many young people lack access to the health services they need to thrive. If students are sick, bullied, or can’t see what the teacher is writing on the board, they can’t focus on doing their best.

There is a common sense solution to these problems – school-based health care. 

School-based health care means that kindergarteners through high schoolers can get a flu shot, have an annual physical, have their teeth examined and their eyes checked, or speak to a mental health counselor in a safe, nurturing place – without the barriers that families too often face.

Simply put, school-based health care gives our children the quality services they deserve to help ensure they can perform their best in school.

The American Nurses Association is partnering with the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC) to celebrate National SBHC Awareness Month this February.

The 2012 theme is Sharing Our Stories. This February, we’ll help make this the most successful National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month yet.

Visit www.nasbhc.org/awarenessmonth to find:

  • School-based health care stories and videos
  • A story telling toolkit with ideas for how to collect and share stories
  • A story contest with cash prizes in multiple categories

Let’s spread the word that school-based health centers keep students healthy and learning.

You can sign on as an Awareness Month Partner at www.nasbhc.org/signupsheet.