Sarbanes Urges Biden Administration to Invest in School-Based Health Centers [Video]

“School-Based Health Centers Play A Critical Role in Helping to Reach Underserved Populations and Achieve Health Equity”
May 12, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Health Subcommittee hearing today with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) urged the Biden Administration to continue making critical investments in School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) across America.

“One important program for our youth is School-Based Health Centers,” said Congressman Sarbanes, Vice Chair of the House Health Subcommittee and a longtime advocate for School-Based Health Centers. “And I was proud to have my bill, the School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act, pass last December.”

Sarbanes continued: “School-Based Health Centers provide high-quality, comprehensive primary health care, mental health services, preventive care, social services and youth development to primarily low-income children and adolescents across the nation. They play a critical role in helping to reach underserved populations and achieve health equity.”

Sarbanes concluded: “During this pandemic, many School-Based Health Centers have been using telehealth to reach students and provide the health care services they need. However, it’s incredibly important that SBHCs are able to stay open – especially as children come back to school and may require a variety of oral, social, medical and mental health services.”

See below for a video of the Congressman’s remarks.