eNews – February 2012

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California NewsCSHC NewsPolicy UpdatesNational NewsFunding Opportunities
Tools & ResourcesWorkshops & ConferencesJob Listings

Early Bird Registration Ends February 6th

Come be inspired, informed, motivated and energized by school health leaders from throughout the state at our annual conference March 12-13 in Sacramento. Early bird registration ends February 6th, so register now and save $35. Registration closes when we sell out or on March 7th. Don’t miss your opportunity to network, learn, and connect!

 California News

Oakland Unified School District Opens new SBHC 
The latest school-based health center (SBHC) to open in the Oakland Unified School District is at Skyline High School. While Skyline students have had access to mental health services for several years, this new health center will make comprehensive medical care available. The center is in a renovated portable and has two medical exam rooms, a laboratory and three confidential consultation rooms. Native American Health Center operates the site. Read more about the Skyline opening on our website.

Since the start of the school year, Oakland USD has opened four SBHCs that offer medical, mental and/or dental health care, health education and youth leadership programs. Oakland expects to have 15 school-based health centers by June 2012. The expansion is possible due to funding from Kaiser Permanente, the Atlantic Philanthropies Elev8 Initiative, bond measure funds, the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and other generous donations.

California SBHC Data Critical to NASBHC 2010-11 Census
Our numbers count! The data from the National Assembly on School Based Health Care’s (NASBHC’s) 2007 census helped us make the case for federal funding in health care reform.  Our policymakers responded, with $200 million so far – including $16 million for California alone. That is why it is critical for SBHCs to complete this year’s census. Many thanks to the 23 SBHCs in California that have already completed the census. We hope the rest of you will follow their lead and fill out the NASBHC census now.

Senator DeSaulnier (3rd from right) with students and staff at Hercules High School

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier Visits Hercules SBHC
The Youth Advisory Board of the Hercules High School Health Center recently hosted a tour for State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier and staff from State Sen. Loni Hancock’s office. Hercules clinic manager Rachel Delgado reported that the health center is the hub of wellness for the campus. Assistant Principal LaDonna Williams said that teachers turn to the health center when there’s trouble in the classroom instead of automatically sending students off for disciplinary action. Youth Advisory Board members have been an integral part of promoting the health center and its services. They led the charge on a school-wide health fair, a recent walk-to-school campaign, and H1N1 vaccinations.

Kennedy High School’s Youth Advisory Board

 

Richmond Y2Y Team Develops Mental Health Research Tool 
The Youth Advisory Board at John F. Kennedy High School Health Center in Richmond (one of CSHC’s eight Y2Y sites) has developed a survey research tool to assess the mental health needs of students after interviewing mental health counselors to understand how mental health services are provided at the school. The Youth Advisory Board will partner with the campus’s YMCA after school program to disseminate the survey. CSHC Youth Board member Bre’Onna Wills has supported the JFK site by facilitating several survey development meetings and delivering a training on teamwork and public speaking. For more updates on the Y2Y sites, visit the Youth in Action blog!

Strong Partnerships Help Move San Diego SBHC Planning Forward
Operation Samahan, Inc., City Heights Youth and Family Outreach, and Victorian House Corporation are working together to open a new school-based health center at Pacific American Academy charter school in San Diego County. Operation Samanhan, an FQHC serving the Asian Pacific Islander community and low-income populations in San Diego County, also operates a clinic at Granger Middle School and received one of the federal SBHC equipment and construction grants. Victorian House Corporation, an Asian/Cambodian service organization, will be creating a community garden to be located on the school grounds.

SBHC Grant Will Fund HPV Awareness
University Muslim Medical Association Clinic (UMMA) has received a mini-grant from the California Medical Association Foundation to work on increasing awareness of HPV and encourage students to get vaccinated.  This is very timely, given that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and that a new state law took effect on Jan. 1, 2012, allowing minors 12 years of age or older to consent to medical care related to the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and also take preventive action, including receiving the HPV vaccination.  UMMA is also a recipient  of one of the federal SBHC capital grants awarded last summer.

CSHC News

School-based Health Centers are a Great Idea
CSHC is proud to present, “SBHCs are a Great Idea,” our 2011 Impact Report, made possible through a generous donation from Kaiser Permanente. Take a minute to read about Nathan, Kenny and Brittany – three students whose lives have been transformed by their SBHCs. You’ll also see a list of our accomplishments and celebrate with us the growing number of SBHCs in California. School-based health centers are a great idea! And after reading our Impact Report, we think you’ll agree. To request copies of this report, please contact us.

CSHC Welcomes Two New Board Members
CSHC is pleased to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors. We are excited about the experience and perspectives these new members will bring to this distinguished leadership team.

Larry Aceves is a partner with Leadership Associates, an executive recruitment firm for district superintendents. He has served as superintendent of Franklin McKinney and Alum Rock school districts. He is a past president of the California Association of School Administrators and has served on a number of boards. Larry brings with him extensive education and board leadership experience.

 

Dexter Webster is the Associate Director of National Internet Operations for AT&T. He has worked for Accenture, Sprint and Booz Allen. Dexter brings with him experience in the areas of systems development, operations, I.T. management, customer service, consulting and strategy.

 

Policy Updates

New Year, New Laws Affecting School Health Services
On January 1st two new state laws affecting school health services went into effect.

  • AB 499:  Minors: Medical Care: Consent makes it possible for minors 12 years of age and older to consent to and receive medical care to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.  Until now, minors could consent only for treatment, but not for preventive care. Among other things, this change means that adolescents can now receive the HPV vaccine under their own consent.
  • SB161: Schools Emergency Administration of Epilepsy Medication authorizes school districts to train employees to administer an emergency anti-seizure medication to pupils with epilepsy who are suffering a seizure when a registered nurse or licensed vocational nurse is not available and with permission from the parent or guardian. Read more about these new laws on our Policy page.

Governor’s Budget Hits Health Care Safety Net
On Jan. 5, Gov. Jerry Brown released his proposed budget for 2012-13. Safety net programs run by Health and Human Services, several of which are important to school-based health centers, could face significant cuts under the Governor’s plan. Gov. Brown is proposing cuts to Healthy Families managed care plans, as well as to Medi-Cal and Federally Qualified Health Center payments. He has also proposed moving children covered by Healthy Families into Medi-Cal. If voters do not approve tax increases, significant additional cuts would also be made to K-12 education. To learn more, read this article from the Sacramento Bee or this summary from California HealthLine, watch this video of Gov. Brown’s news conference, or review the California budget in its entirety.

California Receives Millions in Promise Neighborhood Funding
Congratulations to California State University East Bay (CSUEB) in Hayward for being one of five recipients of the U.S. Department of Education’s latest round of Promise Neighborhood implementation grants. The good news doesn’t stop there because four other projects in California received Promise Neighborhood planning grants: Mission Economic Development Agency (San Francisco); Reading and Beyond (Fresno); South Bay Community Services (Chula Vista); and Campo Band of Mission Indians (Campo).

The Promise Neighborhood program is modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone and funds community efforts to provide a comprehensive set of high quality children’s services, including health care, education, after school and youth development, and college transition support. School-based health centers can be key partners in Promise Neighborhoods and many awardees will be working in close collaboration with health care providers to bring health services to school campuses. To learn more, read the U.S. Department of Education’s news release.

New Guidance on Essential Heath Benefits Under Health Exchanges
States operating Health Benefit Exchanges will be required by the federal government to cover ten categories of services, including pediatric services. How those services will be defined and what they will include has been the focus of discussions around essential health benefits (EHBs) at the federal level for much of the past year. In December, the federal Health and Human Services Agency provided guidance which indicated that instead of one national standard defining EHBs, states will be able to tie their own standards to either state or federal health insurance options. Read more about essential health benefits, and this new guidance.

National News

February is National School-Based Health Center Awareness Month
Share your story with a video, essay, poem, photos or other media. Be creative!  Remember that the key is  to tell how your SBHC has helped students thrive. (For details, go to NASBHC’s website and follow the links to “Sharing Our Stories.”)

Funding Opportunities

Sight for Students – Vision Service Providers (VSP). Deadline: Rolling. Read more.
Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program
– CDE. Deadline: Feb. 17, 2012. Read more.
Young Social Change Activist Awards
– Do Something. Deadline: March 1, 2012. Read more.

More Grant Information
Visit our Grants with Deadlines and Grants without Deadlines web pages to learn more about possible funding streams and leads on funding opportunities for school health services.

Tools & Resources

Preteen Vaccine Week, February 12-18, 2012
The California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch is spearheading Preteen Vaccine Week to promote preteen check-ups and immunizations including Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) , meningococcal, human papillomavirus (HPV), a 2nd chickenpox shot, and an annual flu vaccine. For more information on Preteen Vaccine Week or the Tdap immunization requirement for 7th grade entry, please visit www.GetImmunizedCa.org and www.ShotsforSchool.org. You may also contact Rebeca Boyte at Rebeca.Boyte@cdph.ca.gov.

Workshops & Conferences

California School Health Centers Association Conference
Date: March 12-13, 2011
Location: Sacramento
Details: CSHC Conference website
We invite you to join school health colleagues from across the state at our March 2012 conference.  We have lined up an inspiring and timely selection of speakers and exhibits on important school health topics. Plus, you can connect with other school health stakeholders to build new partnerships and learn about challenges and innovations. The early bird rate for our 2012 statewide conference registration ends on Feb. 6. Registration closes when sold out or on March 7. Don’t delay, register now.

Strategies Webinar Series
The webinar series provides a foundation and structure for sharing and implementing best practices for family resource centers and other family strengthening organizations in a timely and cost effective manner. Through web conferencing technology, the series is designed to bring together practitioners and experts from across California and other states to enhance personal, professional, and organizational development. Registration Cost: $15 per session. The webinars are from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. PST. To register or for more information visit the Family Resource Centers website.

Feb. 8, 2012:  Knowing the Best of What’s Out There: Understanding and Identifying Evidence-Based Practices in Child Welfare

Feb. 15, 2012:  Storytelling for Nonprofits

Feb. 22, 2012:  No More Excuses!: Self Care for the Caregiver

African American Leadership Weekend and Wellness Day
Date: March 28-31, 2012
Location: Sacramento (DoubleTree Hotel)
Contact: 916-333-0613 or info@cablackhealthnetwork.org
The California Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with California Black Health Network and the California Legislative Black Caucus, are presenting African American Leadership Weekend and Wellness Day with a focus on the Affordable Care Act. Workshops will include:  What is the Affordable Care Act; the Role You must Play in the Fight for Affordable Healthcare; Faces of Disparity – Real Life Stories; and the ACA on: Community Health, Primary Care and Prevention and Wellness; Eligibility and Enrollment Issues; Health Benefits Exchange; Workforce Development; and Political Process. See the CBHN conference webpage for more information.

Job Listings

See our Job listings page for all the latest information on job announcements from CSHC member organizations.