Congresswoman Betty McCollum, and Honorable Speaker Nancy Pelosi, I want to begin by thanking you for this opportunity to share our collective impact on health equity, and the disparities that challenge so many Minnesotans.
On April 26th, 2019 Minnesota Community Care convened a community conversation with Senator Tina Smith about access to mental health support for students. This was an opportunity to help inform the Mental Health Services for Students Act of 2019 as authored by Sen. Tina Smith. The event was held at Saint Paul Public School’s Johnson Aerospace & Engineering Senior High, where the Senator toured a school based clinic and visited a health classroom. Meaningful conversation with allied community partners, parents and school support staff brought to light what is working and emerging to support the mental health journey of youth. Media students interviewed Senator Smith about her work impacting adolescent well-being.
Last Spring, Senator Tina Smith visited the Health Start School Based Clinic at Washington Technology Magnet School. The Health Start Clinic is one of ten, school-based clinics provided in St. Paul Public Schools through West Side Community Health Services.