Press Release: Oregon’s Young People Advocate For Health And Wellness

On February 28, 2019, young people from across Oregon will gather to advocate for access to healthcare and to cap School-Based Health Care Awareness Month, which was proclaimed by Governor Kate Brown on February 1st, 2019. The Oregon School Based Health Alliance’s 2019 School Health Advocacy Day—in its 12th year —is the only youth-driven advocacy event that supports school-based health in Oregon. On this day, youth from around the state:

• develop and share education about the legislative process

• meet their legislators and advocate for the health needs of their community

• build skills for community engagement and advocacy

• share learning with other youth leaders across the state

• promote the importance of youth voice in access to health services

School Health Advocacy Day also highlights the effectiveness and presence of school-based health centers for Oregon’s lawmakers. It provides an opportunity to connect legislators and students, allowing young people to tell the story of how school-based health services have made a difference for them. Students who attend learn about civic engagement, communication, and leadership from policy experts and peer trainers, and meet directly with legislators.

OSBHA thanks our generous sponsors who make this event possible: the EC Brown Foundation, CareOregon, HealthGenYZ, Oregon Health & Science University, Peace Health and United Way. We also thank Kaiser Permanente for their ongoing support of our organization.

For questions, please contact: Ashley McAllister, Program Manager, OSBHA: [email protected], 503.719.4515.



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The most significant change I can see for school based health clinics would be eliminating the barriers which prohibit students from receiving confidential care billed to their parents’ health insurance.  As it is families pay often exorbitant premiums but clinics cannot bill their insurance for care received at school clinics, (or planned parenthood) without informing the insured parent. This is a boon for insurers, but results in billing of other sources (usually the feds) for covered care, or effectively blocking students’ ability to access care.