With the growing number of LGBTQ youth in the U.S, it is vital that school-based health centers (SBHCs) are equipped to appropriately care for them and support positive short and long-term health, educational, and social outcomes. This blog discusses the unique needs of LGBTQ youth and why SBHC staff and providers should create inclusive and positive environments to provide high-quality and culturally appropriate care to all who enter their doors.

For Mental Health Awareness Month, we highlight the need for mental health support after a mass shooting. With mass shootings becoming more frequent and knowing their traumatic impact on families and communities, immediate and sustainable, long-term mental health support must be ensured for families and communities.

Experts agree that climate change is the defining issue of our generation, with education holding the key to addressing it. For Earth Day, we would like to highlight the importance of incorporating climate change education into school curriculums.

Sixty years ago, the Women’s Health Movement (WHM) began, leading to significant policy and cultural changes in healthcare, biomedicine, and research. This Women’s History Month, we want to highlight the key milestones of the WHM and discuss how it was key to moving us closer to gender equality in the health and biomedical research fields.

This Black History Month, we are highlighting the midwives of the Deep South who were instrumental in Black maternal health and recognizing their role in today’s current efforts for birth equity. 

Numerous studies have established a connection between cancer populations and the increased likelihood to experience mental health disorders and symptoms. This blog post discusses why primary healthcare settings, including FQHCs, should implement and screen cancer and cancer remission patients to identify those who are experiencing negative mental health impacts from their cancer experience.

The United States’ departure from Afghanistan in August 2021 resulted in over 76,000 Afghan nationals coming into the country, including to Connecticut. Federally Qualified Health Centers like the Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI) have a longstanding history of working with underserved populations, and thus, are uniquely positioned to address the health and social needs of refugees. This blog post describes CHCI’s implementation of a Saturday health clinic that launched in November 2021 for refugees in New Britain, Connecticut.