As social workers in clinical settings we live so deeply into the individual lives of our clients, learning their fears and worries, hopes and encouraging their dreams. And we are beside ourselves when we think of our students or any other child being ripped from parents arms screaming for the comfort of their family. I hear over and over again from my colleagues that we are in the “trenches” each day doing the micro work, and I sense that we struggle to find our macro voice in all this chaos. Sometimes hearing the news fires us up into action and for others I think we allow ourselves a pass; because we do important individual work, we give ourselves permission not to consider what our wider impact could and should be. And we are tired, very very tired.Read More
On Thursday, 1/11/18, the Massachusetts School-Based Health Alliance kicked off the new year with its MA SBHA World Cafe, inviting SBHC providers from across the state to share their thoughts, expertise, and collective wisdom regarding Massachusetts SBHCs, as well as recommendations for reinforcing the SBHA mission of '... promoting the health, resiliency, and academic success of children and adolescents, in collaboration with community partners committed to advocating for student well-being through school-based health centers'.Read More
"This year, I also find myself reflecting on privileges that I, as a white individual, raised in an upper, middle class family, and educated in an affluent school district, experience. Privilege that surely contributes to my perception of the winter holidays as a season of effortless joy, indulgent eating, time off work, gift exchanges, and peaceful rest with my family...Many of the students we care for in school-based health centers are not privy to this level of societal privilege. Understanding the painful realities, inequities, and stacked disadvantages our patients face is essential to providing them with competent health services."Read More
Advocacy 101 by Allison Kilcoyne
Have you called Washington DC lately? Do you know your US Representative in Congress? Do you know your Senator’s health care legislative aide? If not, now it is time. Today.
There has been much talk about getting our voices heard. Facebook groups, marches, signing petitions online, writing emails – that is helpful. What is more powerful is developing a personal relationship with our elected officials and their legislative aides. Find that scary? Intimidating? Or do you say to yourself “what is the point, we have it pretty good here in Massachusetts.” Here are some of my thoughts having been to Capitol Hill many times over the past few years. CLICK TO READ MORERead More
Our kickoff party to welcome all supporters and members of school based health centers in Massachusetts was a fun success! Hosted at MGH we were able to raise a small amount of money to fund our organization, including building this website!