Budget reductions can create sustainability challenges for SBHCs. It is important to set funding goals at the outset and to be aware of and act on ways that SBHCs can achieve financial stability. They can then incorporate sustainability activities into their overall funding strategies.
SBHCs can assess their current budget resources and align them with essential services to address students' health care needs of students enrolled. By gaining a better understanding of what is needed to provide essential services, SBHCs can seek additional funding to match revenue and expenses, including using strategies to maximize the return on scheduling students according to their needs.
Targeting a variety of funding sources helps SBHCs adapt to funding fluctuations. SBHCs should determine what funding sources or financing structures can best meet their needs and should consider how or whether their external key stakeholders and community champions can help. They should also seek opportunities to build capacity around fundraising, which may include training staff on grantwriting or event planning. SBHCs may also explore funding options through
When their SBCOHS projects first launched, a number of the grantees were not maximizing available funding sources. Since then, Summit Community Care Clinic (CO), Share Our Selves (CA), and Lemon Grove Elementary School District (CA) have enrolled as health professionals in their respective state Medicaid and CHIP programs.