School-Based Health Alliance Recognizes Dr. Claire Brindis with Pioneer Award

Claire Brindis

Dr. Claire Brindis will be honored by the School-Based Health Alliance (the Alliance) as a recipient of the organization’s first Pioneer Award. The Alliance, originally known as the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. This award recognizes the founding members of the school-based health care (SBHC) movement who fought for national recognition of the needs of at-risk adolescents and how SBHCs are well-suited to address their needs by growing the SBHC field, and contributing to SBHC research, evaluation, and peerreviewed literature.

As the recipient of the Pioneer Award, the Alliance was planning on honoring Dr. Brindis at our National School-Based Health Care Convention this summer in Denver. Unfortunately, due to current circumstances, the convention has been cancelled. The Alliance will present Dr. Brindis her award in July and honor her with virtual recognition and testimonials from the Alliance Board Chair, President, Chief Strategy Officer, and several close friends and colleagues she’s influenced along her SBHC and adolescent health career journey.

Dr. Brindis has been, and continues to be, a champion for school-based health centers and healthcare. She has worked arduously throughout the years advocating for access to health care for all children. She has written over 20 articles, specifically on school-based health centers and their impact on the population, but has written over 200 articles that have been cited countless times. Early in the history of SBHCs, Dr. Brindis participated in conducting the first national surveys that helped document the vital role that they played in young people’s lives, as well as co-authoring the first “user-friendly” evaluation guidebook on SBHCs, which has been used by countless programs to document their impact on the health and well-being of young people.

As an early pioneer in building SBHC programs, she has worked tirelessly to bring awareness and funding to SBHCs in California and around the country. Dr. Brindis’ illustrious career working with SBHCs, the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center, and the National Academy of Medicine, in addition to her advocacy efforts, is an inspiration to the school-based health care field and serves as a model for all that we do at the School-Based Health Alliance. “Dr. Brindis, your amazing career and advocacy efforts, encourage and inspire professionals nationwide who provide health-care to underserved students and research in the field. You serve as a role model for all we do at the School-Based Health Alliance.” Robert Boyd, President, SchoolBased Health Alliance

About the School-Based Health Alliance

The School-Based Health Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that was founded in 1995. We are the national voice for school-based health care. We serve the school-based health care field by providing technical assistance, resources, and trainings so they can provide the best-quality health care to their patients. In addition, we advocate for policies on the local, state, and federal level that strengthen school health. We support our technical assistance and advocacy work—and the entire school-based health care field—through quality research and evaluation. For more information, please visit To learn more about the specifics of each program, visit the SchoolBased Health Alliance website.

For more information:

Laura Brey, Chief Strategy Officer,
School-Based Health Alliance
[email protected]