February, 2015: 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 screening and treatment for you people on or near school grounds; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is host to 123 school-based and school-linked health centers which serve over 200,000 youth every year, and,

WHEREAS, School-based health centers are the link between health and education, targeting hard to reach populations, while doing a better job at getting them crucial services such as mental health care and high risk behavior screens; and,

WHEREAS, Youth served by school-based and school-linked health centers show improved rates of school attendance, enhance scores on standardized tests, less absenteeism due to illness, and increased immunization rates, while having their wellness and health care needs addressed; and,

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

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