Building Support for a Wake County School-Based Health CenterPublished February 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Comments Off
By Parrish Ravelli
YES! Team Lead, Access to Health Care
With February being National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month, we wanted to celebrate by doing what we do best: getting out in the community and building support for a school-based health center in Wake County. YES! youth and adult staff members dedicated five Saturdays in a row to youth training and advocacy campaigns. Two Saturdays were spent surveying parents to give them a platform to talk about bringing a school-based health center (SBHC) to Wake County. We were able to survey more than 250 parents and are compiling the results into a Wake SBHC white paper, a detailed report we will share with the Wake County School Board.
We also began an advocacy postcard campaign in February. In one month our team was able to collect more than 400 postcards from community members who said they support our work to bring a school-based health center to Wake County. The team was also trained on how to utilize GIS technologies to do resource mapping in the community, through a partnership with YouTHRIVE, a community collaborative that seeks to improve youth outcomes in educational success, health and wellness, workforce readiness and civic engagement. Additionally, we provided a youth advocacy training in Wake County area to a second cohort of youth who are now out in the community advocating for a school-based health center along with us!
The team’s hard work throughout February earned them five articles in local publications and a radio interview, which aired across most of the state. We also found out that our Access to Health Care team has been invited to facilitate two workshops at the National Convention on School-Based Health Care in New Mexico this June. One workshop will focus on teaching adults how to apply the YES! Youth Empowerment Model and the second will be a longer Access to Health Care 101 workshop for youth.
To learn more about our access to health care work, contact YES! Team Lead Parrish Ravelli at email@example.com.