education + health = success

The Maryland Assembly is an advocacy organization that promotes school-based health care as a means to advance the belief that all Maryland children and youth have a basic fundamental right to access and receive comprehensive, quality health care.

School-based health care represents an essential strategy toward improving the lives of Maryland’s children and their families and optimizing their ability to become contributing members of society. School-based health care addresses the unique needs of children and youth and increases access to medical, mental, dental and/or other health related services.

MASBHC’s biggest initiatives include our participation in Hallways to Health through the School Based Health Alliance, our annual conference, and our advocacy work.

2021 Apple Award Honorees

The Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care is honored to announce this year’s Apple Award recipients. We are proud to honor and show our appreciation to four legislative champions for school-based health care in Maryland. 
These four legislators worked tirelessly on two 2021 bills that will have lasting impact on Maryland SBHCs:

  • Senator Cheryl Kagan, District 17 for SB 278 Emergency Telehealth Bill for SBHC
  •  Samuel(Sandy) Rosenberg, District 41, for HB 34 Emergency Telehealth Bill for SBHCs
  • Senator Clarence K Lam, MD, District 12 for SB 830 Transferring SBHCs administration to the Maryland Department of Health
  • Delegate Bonnie Cullison, District 19, for HB 1148, Transferring SBHC administration to the Maryland Department of Health

During October, brief ceremonies were held in Montgomery County and Baltimore City to acknowledge and show our appreciation to the 2021 Apple Award Recipients!

Upcoming Webinars & Events

The Blueprint is Law: Now What?
Speaker: Shamoyia Gardiner, Executive DirectorStrong Schools Maryland
Implementation monitoring is a vital stage in the life of any policy reform effort, and the once-in-a-generation, multibillion-dollar Blueprint for Maryland’s Future law is no exception. This session will equip participants with information and opportunities for action related to the initial years of the Implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. Participants can expect to engage with publicly available education funding data; learn about key provisions of the Blueprint law; get insight to the current status of implementation; brainstorm metrics for effective and equitable implementation; and be provided opportunities for short- and long-term action to benefit their school communities.

The Maryland Assembly on School Based Health Care webinar “The Blueprint is Law, Now What ” was presented on December 8, 2021. by Shamoyia Gardiner, the Executive Director of Strong Schools Maryland, This webinar presented an overview of the Blueprint, the various stages of implementation and how it may impact Maryland school based health centers.

Review the powerpoint here.
View the recording here.  

The MASBHC Training and Technical Assistance Committee is excited to share the proposed list of webinar topics for the coming school year:

  • Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections Update
  • Telehealth in SBHCs
  • Provider Self Care/Meditation
  • Cases Studies from the SBHC Field
  • SBHC Partnering with Managed Care Organizations

Our Spring Conference will be held on 5/19/2022! Save the date!
More information to follow. Stay tuned!

The Maryland Assembly on School Based Health Care webinar “Return to Sports Post COVID Algorithm” was presented on November 16, 2021. by members of the Medstar Health Primary Care Sports Medicine team of Ankit Shah, MD, MPH, FACC; Lou Kovacs, MD, CAQSM and Kellie Loehr, MS, ATC, LAT.

The webinar provided an overview of the assessment of athletes with prior COVID infection in preparation for the return to sports and exercise.

The recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

The powerpoint presentation is available here.