A group of 33 seniors from Sandy Creek High School traveled to the State Capitol in Albany along with School-Based Health Center Representative Kathy Creedon MS, FNP-C, to show their support during School-Based Health Center Advocacy Day, and witnessed government in action.
They joined with hundreds of other students, parents and school based health care representatives from across New York State to lobby on behalf of school-based health centers.
While there, the group met with State Senator Patty Ritchie and State Assemblyman Will Barclay and seniors A.J. Wills, Cameron Goodsell and Alicia Mahaney gave statements of support on behalf of Sandy Creek’s School-Based Health Center.
According to the New York State Coalition for School-Based Health Centers many children and families rely on SBHCs as their only source for counseling, health screening, dental care, reproductive care, physical exams, and immunizations. The group advocated to receive funding at last year’s level to support the more than 200 SBHC and in-school health access for nearly 200,000 students across New York State.
School-Based Health Centers are a major component in the nation’s healthcare safety net. They also promote healthier lifestyles, improve school attendance, and provide preventative health care to children and teens who might not otherwise receive those services. For students at Sandy Creek, the School-Based Health Center is an essential component of their school and one worthy of advocating for in Albany.