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Case Examples

Case Example 1: NC SBHCs documented seat time data and results were positively received by health and education stakeholders

In North Carolina, staff from ten SBHCs collected seat time data for a two-week period. The results were compelling: students were sent back to class rather than to their homes or to outside providers in 96% of the recorded SBHC visits. This saved each student an average of three hours and 45 minutes of classroom instruction time on the day of their SBHC visits. As part of their advocacy and fundraising efforts, SBHC staff used these data to show their local school boards how SBHCs contribute to the academic environments of schools in their districts. One SBHC administrator explained, “The seat time data highlight the potential impact of SBHCs on educational outcomes. Seat time in school increases educational time — and preserving educational time enhances students’ opportunities for academic success. The seat time data tell a useful story at both the county and state levels, and can be used for advocacy efforts targeted at educators, legislators, and funders of SBHC work.”