Care Beyond the Clinic Walls
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Our 2022 statewide school health conference – Care Beyond the Clinic Walls – was held at the University of Redlands in San Bernardino on April 29.
Dr. Dana L. Cunningham is a longtime school psychologist and leading national researcher and practitioner in the development and application of evidence-based practices for youth of color, resilience, and trauma-informed practice. She is also a founder of Black Mental Wellness, a firm that addresses mental health and wellness concerns specific to the Black community.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
We are grateful to Anthem Blue Cross for supporting this event as a Presenting Sponsor.
Effecting Change through the Use of Motivational Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a conversation style to help people constructively talk about reducing health risks and changing behavior. It is designed to enhance the patient’s own motivation to change using strategies that are empathic and non-confrontational. Its guiding helping style draws out the patient’s own strengths and desires to help them make changes to improve their health. Participants will learn about the fundamental MI spirit, principles, and micro-skills in an experiential skill-development training. Participants will also be introduced to Teen Intervene, a curriculum that can be used for the brief intervention portion of SBIRT and can be implemented in groups.
Presenters: Grant Hovik, MA, Clinical Specialist, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs; Amy Manta-Ranger, MPH, Director of Programs, California School-Based Health Alliance
Peer Mentoring: Creating a Culture of Youth Empowerment
Experience hands-on learning to grow power to purpose through a peer-to-peer mental health mentoring program now thriving in its seventh year. Experience the mentoring curriculum firsthand and explore best practices to start a peer-to-peer mentoring program in your school.
Presenters: Robin Noel Morales, LMFT, School-Based Clinical Consultant/Co-Founder, OCELOTL; Bianca Lorenz Gonzalez, Masters in Education, College & Career Pathways Coach/Co-Founder, OCELOTL
School-Based Substance Use Programming for Native American Youth
Native American youth are often more likely to engage in early-onset substance use than any other group. Culturally appropriate programs in schools are needed for Native youth in order to ameliorate these trends. Learn about best practices for school-based substance use prevention programs for Native American youth aged 10-18, and hear about several innovative programs in Tribal communities in Northwest California.
Presenter: Virgil Moorehead, Executive Director, Two Feathers Native American Family Services
New California Programs and Initiatives Supporting Student Health and Wellness
Governor Newsom and the California legislature authorized a number of new programs last year to support health care for children and youth, and although none of them are directly intended for school-based health centers (SBHCs), many will have relevance for SBHCs and the students they serve. Hear about these programs and how they are evolving. They include the Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program (SBHIP); Community Schools; and the broader Child and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative. The panel will discuss implications for schools, students, and new and existing SBHCs. Ample time will be allocated for questions and discussion.
Presenters: Janet Paine, Director of Program Management, Anthem Blue Cross – CA Medicaid; Sarah Lance, MSW Intern, California School-Based Health Alliance; Melissa Rubio, Coordinator for Reaching the Whole Child, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
Screening for Psychosocial Risks and Trauma in a School-Based Health Setting
Trauma exposure during childhood and adolescence is common with at least 1 in 7 children experiencing child abuse and/or neglect in the U.S. Lifelong physical, emotional, and behavioral problems such as depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance use, and a shortened lifespan are commonly associated with trauma. Learn about a variety of screening tools such as the PEARLS and RAAPs screeners currently in use in these settings, the logistics of school-wide screening for trauma, and multi-level interventions that comprise trauma-informed care in a school-based health center.
Presenters: Kristine Carter, MS, CPNP-PC, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Lead Clinician for School Based Health, LifeLong Medical Care; Victoria Keeton, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, San Francisco
Best Practices in STI Screening and Treatment
Learn about strategies to enhance STI screening and treatment among youth and young adults, including updates from the CDC 2021 STI Treatment Guidelines. Best practices in patient follow-up and partner treatment options will also be discussed.
Presenters: Crystal Cedillo, Manager of STI Prevention Programs; Neha Saxena, MPH, Manager of STI Prevention Programs, Essential Access Health
Healing Centered Schools: Educators as Leaders
The California School-Based Health Alliance has released a facilitator’s guide to developing educators as leaders in the design of healing-centered schools. The educator-informed curriculum supports schools to take a deep dive into understanding trauma and resiliency, to practice new strategies and skills for improving relationships with students and maintaining calm classrooms, and to evaluate and prioritize healing in structural policies & practices.
Presenter: Sarah Taylor, LCSW, Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician, La Clinica de La Raza
Case Management to Address Social Needs for SBHC Youth
Learn about initial outcomes from a pilot to introduce a case manager role in a school-based health center (SBHC). Hear how this position provides a critical complement to SBHC services to address significant social needs for patients, including access to immigration services and health insurance, and linkage to essential community and educational services. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the rationale for and benefits of case managers as an essential role for addressing social determinants of health for SBHC youth and their families.
Presenters: Victoria Keeton, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, San Francisco; Claudia Ramirez, CMA, Clinic Supervisor, La Clinica de la Raza; Julie McDevitt, LCSW, Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician, La Clinica de la Raza
Youth Substance Use Prevention and Advocacy: A Peer Health Curriculum
Between the increase in vaping, opioids, and methamphetamines, as well as the worsening mental health crisis among youth, substance use is an ever-present issue in serving adolescents. At the same time, many schools have “zero tolerance” policies that follow punitive discipline practices rather than recovery-focused approaches to student substance use. This session will train attendees on a unique youth leadership and advocacy curriculum that empowers youth to train other youth on substance use prevention and how to advocate for change in their school, including alternatives to discipline for student substance use.
Presenters: Tracy Nguyen, Youth Engagement Project Coordinator, California School-Based Health Alliance; Irma Rosa Viera, Youth Engagement Associate, California School-Based Health Alliance
Starting a School-Based Health Center 101
This workshop is designed for school districts, medical providers, and community agencies that want to partner to open a school-based health center. Learn about key planning steps, partnership building, assessing needs, consent and confidentiality, developing MOUs, and best practices for building a community of care for young people. We will also feature the development of the local Sierra High School Wellness Center and their efforts to advance student health and well-being.
Presenters: Sang Leng Trieu, DrPH, Consultant-Inland Empire Region, California School-Based Health Alliance; Yesenia Ceballos, APCC, Wellness Counselor, Sierra High School
State Info & Listening Session on Children & Youth Behavioral Health Initiative
California has made significant investments to transform the state’s behavioral health system into an innovative ecosystem supporting all children and youth 25 years of age and younger. Join the director of the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI) and Department of Health Care Services to learn timely updates on the various workstreams of the initiative, particularly those impacting school-based interventions.
Presenters: Melissa Stafford Jones, Director, Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative, California Health and Human Services Agency; Tisha Montiero, MA, Chief, Office of Strategic Partnerships Branch, California Department of Health Care Services
Our 2021 statewide virtual conference – Building Bridges to Healthy & Resilient Communities – was hosted online November 2-4, 2021. More than 900 school-based health providers, educators, and school health partners came together to network and learn ways to help students and communities to build resiliency.