August 1, 2011

Entry 7: Wake UP and Get It Together!

Whew! What is it they say about hindsight? Let me just get this out of the way first, maintaining a blog is TOUGH! Kudos to Gluten Hates Me…a new appreciation has been formed!

Soooo…let’s catch up on the past SEVEN MONTHSSmile How have you been? How’s work? Are you still going to the same gym? Nice!

Here’s what we’ve been up to…

We went to Chicago, to the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care National Convention where we were invited to present a 2.5 hour workshop on the great work we’ve been doing in North Carolina…

Youth in Chicago

Check out our blog post on the workshop here: North Carolina's Youth Advocacy Work Toolkit

We spent some time at the NC General Assembly, for Chronic Disease Legislative Advocacy Day…


We spent time lobbying with our state legislators for continued and increased funding for school-based health centers across the state. It was a tough crowd, but we got several legislators to sign our Petition T-Shirts!

Senator Dan Blue Signing

Senator Josh Stein

And most importantly, last week we reached a HUGE milestone. We convened the first Wake School-Based Health Center Task Force, made up of local leaders from:

WakeMed Health & Hospitals, WakeMed Foundation, Rex-UNC Health Care, Wake Health Services, Inc. (Federally Qualified Health Center), Wake County Board of Education, Wake Health and Human Services, Wake County Public School System Senior Staff, UNC Department of Pediatrics, North Carolina School Community Health Alliance, NC Division of Public Health School Health Center Program, Poe Center for Health Education, a local school nurse supervisor and school nurse, and of course, our Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) Access to Care Youth Team!!!!


Needless to say, we’ve been busy! Growing a school-based health center through a true youth-driven, grassroots advocacy, process takes time and energy, but we are seeing success! More to come soon (I promise!)

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