MASBHC Secures Most Significant Legislative Advancement For School-Based Health Care In Decades

The Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care (MASBHC) led a successful campaign to secure a huge step forward in funding for school-based health centers and school health in the 2019 legislative session.  In the just enacted Senate Bill 1030 – The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, the Maryland General Assembly has set aside approximately $50 million over the next two years for school-based health centers and school health for schools with a high concentration of poverty. Each qualified school will receive $248,000 for community school coordinators and primary care clinicians in school-based health centers and school health roles. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for his review and signature.

The 2019 legislation is just a down payment.  MASBHC has paved the way for additional funding expected in 2020 legislation.  That funding could potentially quadruple the state’s investment in school-based health center grants. “MASBHC has been cultivating the Maryland General Assembly’s commitment to school-based health centers and school health initiatives, and our hard work has paid off.  I’ve never seen this level of interest and investment in school-based health centers. It is unprecedented,” said Dr. Patryce Toye, President of MASBHC.

MASBHC saw an opening to advocate for additional resources with the establishment of the Kirwan Commission, also known as the Maryland Commission on Innovation & Excellence in Education, in 2017.  The Commission has been evaluating the need for additional K-12 education funding. “MASBHC recognized the opportunity right away to highlight the importance of school-based health centers in education,” says Donna Behrens, Chair of MASBHC’s Policy Committee.  “We have been working on the ground since Day 1 to secure this victory. Our thanks goes to the many members of MASBHC who helped make this happen.”

Please stay tuned.  MASBHC will be providing opportunities to learn more about the 2019 victory and plans for 2020.  If you would like be a part of MASBHC’s ongoing work, please join our Kirwan Action Committee by notifying Rachael Faulkner at (410) 693-4000 or rfaulkner@policypartners.net.

MASBHC closes the 2019 session with condolences to the family and community of Speaker Mike Busch, as we mourn his passing on Sunday.   Speaker Busch left Maryland a better place with his legacy of commitment to health care access and education for all Marylanders.

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Clinical Summary: Meningococcal Serogroup B

On Thursday October 5th at 12pm please join Elizabeth Thoburn the Vaccines Medical Director for Pfizer to discuss the Meningococcal Serogroup B infection and the its impact on high school students as the transition to college.

CLICK HERE to register for this FREE professional development opportunity. Registration will close on September 28th. This will only be a live presentation and will not be archived to view at a later date!

Registrants will recieve an email with the link and call in information the week prior to the webinar!

Register HERE

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Summer Food Service Programs: Montgomery County and Beyond

Many food service programs are offering summer meals to students around the Maryland. 

Montgomery County offers thousands of children in various summer school or summer recreation programs free, nutritious meals as part of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Summer Food Service Program.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the MCPS Summer Food Service Program was created in 1976 to bridge the summer break nutrition gap by providing nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 years of age and younger. Nearly 35 percent of children in MCPS are eligible for Free and Reduced-price Meals during the school year, and that number continues to grow each year.

There are nine (9) walk-in sites in Montgomery County:

  • Fox Chapel
  • Gaithersburg Elementary
  • Argyle Elementary
  • Francis Scott Key Middle School
  • Northwood High School
  • Watkins Mill High School
  • City of Faith
  • Middlebrook Mobile
  • North Creek Community Center

Montgomery County is one of many counties that are providing summer meals to students. The Maryland Summer Meals site is providing the full list of program that are available around the state.

Additional resources on summer meals and its benefits:

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