February 2017: School-Based Health Care Awareness Month

WHEREAS, for over 20 years, Michigan’s school-based and school-linked health centers (SBHCs) have provided comprehensive physical and mental health care, offering medical and mental health screenings and treatments for youth on or near school grounds; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is host to 120 school-based and school-linked health centers serving over 30,000 children and youth every year. They provide primary care and mental health visits as well as health education to more than 187,000 children and youth; and,

WHEREAS, youth served by school-based and school-linked health centers show improved rates of school attendance, enhanced scores on standardized tests, less absenteeism due to illness, and increased immunization rates; and,

WHEREAS, School-Based Health Care Awareness Month is a time to acknowledge the commitment and passion that school-based health center staff and parents/guardians show for all Michigan children and youth. We also recognize the critical role they play in improving the health and well-being of all Michigan children;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim February 2017 as School-Based Health Care Awareness Month in Michigan.