NASBHC services training initiative for SBHCs announces preventive oral health

The National Assembly on School-Based Health Care NASBHC

WASHINGTON D.C. — March 29, 2011 — The National Assembly on School-Based Health Care, a nonprofit organization that aims to advance and advocate for school-based health centers, announced today that it has received a $600,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente. Funding from the Oakland-based nonprofit health organization will be used to increase access to oral health care for approximately 3,000 children and adolescents with demonstrated need. NASBHC will use a competitive grant process to distribute a majority of the funding directly to the SBHC field to expand the scope of practice of existing staff. The geographic reach of the project will be national with a focus on Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington, Georgia, Ohio, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

“One of the most pressing, unmet health needs of children and adolescents that SBHCs seek to address is oral health,” said Linda Juszczak, executive director of NASBHC. “Poor oral health has been shown to impact students’ academic performance, often contributing to poor attendance, concentration problems, and low self image. With specialized training and support, our nation’s SBHCs are well-positioned to provide their young patients with access to the oral health care they need to stay healthy and in school, and NASBHC’s partnership with Kaiser Permanente will help make this happen.”

Information provided by NASBHC: NASBHC is pleased to announce a training and technical assistance initiative to expand the capacity of school-based health centers to deliver preventive oral health services.

About the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care
The National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC) was founded in 1995 and is the national voice for SBHCs. Built from the grassroots up by individuals from state and federal government agencies, national and regional foundations, child health and education organizations and SBHCs, we are a true reflection of the field we support. We advocate for national policies, programs, and funding to expand and strengthen school-based health centers, while also supporting the movement with training and technical assistance.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.

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