SCHA-MI Hosts Youth Advocacy Workshop for the Corner

The School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan hosted an Advocacy Workshop for the Corner Health Center last week in Ypsilanti. Members of the Corner’s Youth Leadership Council participated in a session that covered topics including the Affordable Care Act, the efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, the federal/state budget processes, and strategies for working with legislators to advocate for adolescent health. The workshop came at an ideal time for the Youth Leadership Council: they were recently chosen to lead a county-wide health project. SCHA-MI is excited to work with SBHCs on improved their advocacy! Please contact Kevin Lignell at for...
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SCHA-MI Interviews Lakeview Adolescent Health Center

Samantha (10) and Airianna (14) are two students from Lakeview Adolescent Health Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. SCHA-MI Communications Consultant Kevin Lignell interviewed them and their provider, Samantha Gonzalez, about how their School-Based Health Centers improve their lives. Kevin Lignell: When did you start using your School-Based Health Center? Airianna: In 6th grade, they opened. (I used it) when I didn’t feel good or when I needed to use mental health (services). For a little time they didn’t really have a doctor at the time. It’s like a doctor’s office so it’s really cool. We had a nurse and she...
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How Can We Affect Health Care Reform?

Dear Supporters, Last week the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan was active at both the state and federal level, working to ensure policies that support School-Based Health Centers remain intact. On Tuesday, we hosted our annual Youth Advocacy Day, with over 150 students representing 15 health centers visiting the capitol. These centers met with state senators and representatives of their districts; student leaders explained the importance of school-based health care and implored why they should continue to fund their centers. Out of the 29 legislators we visited, four were not aware of SBHCs prior to the event. We learned some...
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From Patient to Board Member: Zeaira Chestang is a Leader for School-Based Health Care

When we advocate for School-Based Health Centers, we often talk about the essential care and support that they provide to youth. However, one thing that is not always as clear is the leadership role that these centers play in their lives. Take Zeaira Chestang for example. Growing up in Ypsilanti Michigan, Zeaira remembers visiting the Corner Health Center. She was born when her mother was 17-years-old. “If the corner wasn’t there, my views on health and life would have been different,” said Chestang, “I would have probably been deprived of basic health needs.” Now a 22-year-old college student at Schoolcraft College, Chestang...
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Health Care Reform: What’s Next?

Following the failure of the American Health Care Act, Paul Ryan declared that we would be with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. What exactly will that mean for us, though? A few media sources too a stab at what that might mean: What’s Next for the ACA and the People It Covers? Decisions made by the Trump administration and Congress as well as state policymakers over the next few years will help determine how many people the ACA covers, how affordable the coverage is, and its cost to federal and state governments. Such decisions include whether and how the administration...
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Gov. Rick Snyder issues executive order to help better protect health and safety of Michiganders

New cabinet-level post and Public Health Advisory Commission created  Thursday, September 22, 2016 LANSING, Mich. – The state’s Chief Medical Executive is being elevated to a cabinet-level position that reports to the Governor and Gov. Rick Snyder is creating a Public Health Advisory Commission through an executive order he signed today. The establishment of a new cabinet-level post focused on public health and the creation of the commission were both recommendations of the Flint Water Advisory Task Force. “We are continuing our efforts to improve the way state government works and ensure that we put people first across all departments and agencies...
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Michigan Medicaid Health Plan Common Formulary Stakeholder Meeting

Michigan Medicaid Health Plan Common Formulary Stakeholder Meeting When: Monday, October 24, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon Where: Lansing Community College West – Campus Auditorium 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, 48917 RSVP: Attendees are asked to RSVP for this meeting. If you plan to attend, please notify Rita Subhedar, at no later than October 14, 2016. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) invites the public to attend a stakeholder meeting on October 24 regarding the Michigan Medicaid Health Plan Common Formulary. In order to streamline drug coverage policies for Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries...
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Overconsumption of Caffeine by our Nation’s Youth Poses Health Risks

By Faith Thornton Caffeine has been called the most widely consumed psychoactive substance on earth. In the United States, adolescent caffeine intake averages 60 to 70 mg/day and ranges up to 800 mg/day. Most caffeine intake among youth comes from soda; however, energy drinks are becoming increasingly popular (Seiffert, 2011). Energy drinks (EDs) have increased in popularity and are now consumed by 30%-50% of adolescents (i.e., aged 10-19 years) and young adults. It is now estimated that 31% of 12- to 19-year old adolescents drink energy drinks regularly (Sanchis-Gomaer et al, 2015).  Frequently containing high and unregulated amounts of caffeine, these...
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