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Jenn Rader

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Review for California School-Based Health Alliance, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The California School Health Center Association (CSHCA) is a force of nature in the world of school based health centers. As the longtime Director of a school based health center in the Bay Area, I can speak directly to the wide range of advocacy, capacity building and resources they bring to school health centers statewide. All of their staff are passionate, bright and committed to using school health as a tool for social justice for youth in underserved low-income communities. CSHCA youth programs are intentional, visionary and empower youth with specific skills around advocacy and organizing. Our youth have made numerous trips to Sacramento to present to State Senate Health Committee staff, brief the State Superintendent of Schools and lobby local representatives. All of these opportunities include networking with other youth, collaborating with adult advocates and learning of new opportunites to continue to grow their leadership skills. CSHCA provides expert technical support and advocates effectively with school district, local and state officials to capture additional funding, and strengthen school district infrastructure to support the growth of school health services. I couldn't imagine where our work would be without their skilled and savvy efforts to advocate on our behalf, empower our youth and build the capacity of school health center leadership. Their annual conference creates a unique opportunity to share best practices and network with colleagues statwide. They are a first-rate organization.

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