THE WAIT IS OVER: Presenting Our 2016-17 Census Results!

The 2016-17 National School-Based Health Care Census findings are FINAL!

We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the SBHC providers and administrators across the country who contributed their time and data to this triennial survey. The field’s 90% response rate is our best ever! Thank you.

Now to the results!


  • An additional 269 SBHCs opened since our last Census (2013-14).
  • Today, an article authored by Alliance staff is being published in the May issue of Health Affairs. The article, “20 Years of School-Based Health Care Growth and Expansion,” summarizes Census data from the 1998-99 school year to the present.
  • For the first time, we matched Census SBHC data with Public Elementary/ Secondary School Universe Survey Data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to examine the characteristics of student populations and schools with access to SBHCs. Here’s what we found: More than 6.3 million students have access to an SBHC nationwide!
  • The use of telehealth technology is expanding in SBHCs. The Census is first national survey to describe the use of telehealth in SBHCs, including information about sponsorship, communities served, and provider teams.


  • Check out our recently updated Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool, now containing 2016-17 Census data. This tool is a free resource you can use to assess community health, identify areas of need, examine characteristics of public schools and SBHCs, collaborate with nearby partners, and much more.
  • Visit the Alliance’s website to view and download the Census report, access a chart pack with key findings, and find out more about our methodology.
  • Join us in the national capital region on June 23-26, 2019 for our annual National School-Based Health Convention and get re-energized through interactive workshops and plenaries! Click here to register.

Thank you again for helping us to achieve our vision that all children and adolescents are healthy and achieving at their fullest potential. Enjoy the Census report!


Hayley Love, PhD, MSc
Senior Director of Research and Evaluation

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