September is often a month celebrating “back-to-school”: students return to their academics, extracurricular activities and other routines.

With the focus on schools during this period, there is an opportunity to highlight the role school-based health centers (SBHC) can play in youth substance use prevention and early intervention. Because SBHCs are located on school grounds but are not actually part of the school, students have the convenience of their school with the added benefit of being able to engage in confidential health services outside of the school’s jurisdiction. Our Senior Program Officer Alexa Eggleston, recently wrote a blog for Health Affairs about the role of SBHCs in preventing youth substance use.

School-Based Health Clinics: Critical Access Points For Confronting The Addiction Epidemic

Originally published in Health Affairs

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