Annual Conference 2021

Join the Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care for its annual conference, School-Based Health Centers: Connecting with Students, Families and Communities.

This year’s conference is presented virtually with both live and on-demand sessions. Opening session and keynotes begin May 17, 2021 at 1pm. Ten on-demand workshops will be available from May 18- June 7, 2021. Closing session and keynotes will take place May 21, 2021 at 1pm.We will be exploring the many different avenues school-based health practitioners can take to connect with students and families as students and school communities adjust to a new normal.

We are honored to feature for distinguished keynote speakers at this year’s event:

  • Michele Gay, M.Ed. Co-Founder and Executive Director of Safe and Sound Schools;
  • Veda Johnson, MD, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University
  • Amy Arnold, MS, CHES, HC, Director of Workforce Health Consulting, Kaiser Permanente.
  • Rupali Limaye, PhD., MPH, MA, Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health

In addition to the keynote speakers, this virtual conference will feature workshops with experts on a wide range of topics. Registration information and a detailed agenda will be available on the Conference Website and MASBHC’s website, but workshops include:

  • Safe Schools,
  • MIS-C and Cardiac Complications Post COVID,
  • Telehealth in SBHCs,
  • Trauma Informed Care,
  • Supporting Students Transition to In-Person School,
  • Pediatric Obesity Management,
  • Resiliency,
  • Adolescent Health Care and,
  • Vaccine Hesitancy.

The conference program format includes:

  • Live sessions on Monday, 5/17 and Friday, 5/21 afternoons,
  • Live sessions include keynote presentations and a “chat with the speakers,”
  • Ten on-demand workshops from 5/18 to 6/7,
  • Opportunities to meet others involved in school-based health care, virtually,
  • Sponsor and vendor presentations,
  • Raffles.

Registration rates are $75/person, $95 with CEUs. As of May 14, 2021, the registration rate will go up to $100/person, $125 with CEUs. We have a limited number of student tickets available for $50 and $70 with CEUs per ticket (email for more information on student rates).

If your organization is interested in sponsoring this important event, please email us at

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Covid-19 Resources

MASBHC encourages that professionals working in school based health care turn to the following sources for up-to-date information about school closures and other actions which affect Maryland students directly:

For general information about COVID-19, including recommended preventative measures, other sources include:

Additional Clinical Resources:

Please follow the guidance provided by local, state, and federal officials as we navigate this situation together.

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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

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.Share this blog post:  facebooktwittermail