Dr. Jane McGrath, Department of Pediatrics, and New Mexico School Health Office, State Department of Health, recently was named president of the National Assembly on School Based Health at the Assembly's National School Based Health Care Conference, held in Denver, Colorado. McGrath has been a member of the Assembly for six years and has served in the past as President-Elect (2001) and Treasurer (1998-2001).

The assembly is a national organization of school based health centers in 50 states and territories. The Conference Theme this year was "Gaining Altitude-Taking Interdisciplinary Health Care to New Heights."

The assembly drew 825 participants. National sponsors for the conference included the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration; Bureaus of Primary Care and the Maternal and Child Health of the Kellogg Foundation, and Colorado sponsors, including the Colorado Department of Health, Colorado Association for School Based Health Care, University of Colorado and Denver Health.

"To secure stable federal funding for School Based Health Centers, for this organization for this coming year is my main goal for this organization," McGrath said in her address to the assembly.

"The number of attendees at this conference, the variety and commitment of the sponsors, the quality of the research and services being provided each and every day in the school based health centers are indications of the importance of this effort, and the involvement of the entire health care community, providers, HMO's, hospitals with public schools, universities, city and county government, the departments of health and executive branches points to the value that is being placed on the services provided by these centers."
Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322