With the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools and School-based Health Centers transitioned to telehealth services as a strategy for meeting student health needs when school campuses were closed. With improved technology, internet access, and a recognition of the importance of school-based health, telehealth has emerged as an opportunity to serve students more widely and equitably. The California School-Based Health Alliance will provide an overview of school health services in the state, focusing on current and aspirational telehealth provisions. They will discuss key models, strengths and possible pitfalls, and recommendations.
Sergio J. Morales is the Executive Director of the California School-Based Health Center Alliance (CSHA), a statewide non-profit which aims to improve the health and academic success of children and youth by advancing health services in schools. Sergio brings more than 20 years of experience working in community health, building innovative solutions through a social justice and health equity lens focusing on sexual + reproductive health, with an emphasis on: communities of color, adolescents, and LGBTQ+ communities. Sergio strengthened his passion for school health services having spent 7 years managing a School-Based Health Center run by Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center in Hayward, CA. Most recently he was the Associate Vice President of Programs at Essential Access Health where he was responsible for all community health programs and partnerships, including the Title X Family Planning program and the STI Prevention Center. Sergio attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and earned a BA in Chicana/o Studies and a BA in Sociology. Sergio attended the University of San Francisco and earned a Master’s in Public Administration.
Amy Manta-Ranger has worked in adolescent health for over 20 years, with a particular focus on school-based health centers. She started her career as a Health Educator at a high school SBHC in Union City; spent many years training adults on adolescent health topics at Health Initiatives for Youth, and ran multiple child and adolescent health promotion programs through the City of Berkeley. At La Clinica de La Raza, an Oakland-based federally qualified health center with eight school-based health centers, over 8 years, she expanded the behavioral health services in the SBHC department, and launched public health screening protocols and trauma interventions. As the Director of Programs for California School-Based Health Alliance, she has supported the expansion of SBHCs in multiple regions throughout the state and promoted SBHC sexual and reproductive health best practices. She has an MPH from San Jose State University.
Sang Leng Trieu, Consultant has been working in school-based health care for more than fifteen years. The first six years were spent with the California School-Based Health Alliance (CSHA) where she supported the development of school-based health centers for five counties in the Southern California region. From 2012 to 2021, Sang served in several positions at The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health where she supported the Wellness Network of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Data xChange project, and research efforts. She is pleased to return to CHSA as a consultant supporting the expansion of school-based health centers in the Inland Empire. Sang is trained in public health. As a marathon runner, she has raced in all 50 states and seven continents.