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Celebrate School-Based Health Awareness Month this February

February 04, 2019 February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month, an effort to highlight and recognize the role school-based health care providers play in ensuring students have access to high-quality health care, including oral health.
    
"It's a pivotal moment for the school-based health care model," according to the School-Based Health Alliance, which organizes the awareness month, in a news release. "With the new administration and Congress ever looking for ways to reduce health care spending, the school-based health field needs to explain why the model is indispensable — now more than ever."
    
By observing National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month, health care providers, including dentists, can help educate national, state and local policymakers about the importance of school-based health and the support it has from their community, according to School-Based Health Alliance.
    
Celebrate by tagging School-Based Health Alliance (@sbh4all) and using the #SBHCmonth19 hashtag to share personal stories and data. Participants are encouraged to facilitate official proclamations in their state legislature for the commemoration, host youth-led advocacy campaigns, share stories via social media and newsletters and thanking their school-based health center staff.
    
In addition, School-Based Health Alliance will host its annual Twitter chat at 2 p.m. Eastern time, Feb. 21 through the hashtag #SBHCmonth19.
    
For more information, visit sbh4all.org. For additional resources on championing oral health in schools, visit ADA.org.