Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops – Thursday, May 17, 2018

SBHCs 101: The Nuts & Bolts of Starting a School-Based Health Center
This workshop is designed for school districts, medical providers, or other community agencies interested in collaborating with school districts to provide services on campus or open school-based health centers. The focus of this workshop will be a the planning stages, partnership building, needs assessments, SBHC principles, consents/ confidentiality, establishing MOUs, and best practices.

Strategies for AOD Screening, Brief Interventions, and Treatment for Adolescents
Learn about current trends and best practices in alcohol and other drug screening, brief interventions, and treatment for adolescents accessing services in SBHCs. Strategize with colleagues about opportunities for collaboration with your school administration for creating AOD policies for alternatives for suspension and hear from leading experts in the field on current AOD prevention strategies, such as SBIRT and Teen Intervene.

Listening to Heal
Conventional methods of social science research overly confound social determinants of health and adolescent development, relying too heavily on individual level measures of change. This translates into a dominant and inaccurate pathology that treats and assumes young people of color (YPOC) as “risk” or problem, influencing the ways in which policies, practices, and investments in academic achievement, student support, staff support, and school discipline are implemented, perpetuating inequitable conditions for YPOC.

Listening to Heal (LtH) is a community-engaged inquiry process that explores the experiences of trauma for YPOC in the context of school, including the impact on social emotional health, adolescent development, learning and achievement, school discipline, and the school to prison pipeline. LtH builds on RYSE’s Listening Campaign (LC), a similar and preceding inquiry that revealed young people’s profound, collective experiences of oppression, the stigma of place (being from Richmond, CA), and not feeling valued or belonging.

LtH’s aim is to effectively serve the needs of YPOC by 1) understanding their lived experience in the context of ongoing trauma 2) informing more effective school based interventions and strategies, and 3) influencing/advocating for school and other institutional policies, protocols, relationships, and investments that are restorative, just, and healing.

Promoting Schools as Hubs of Wellness: Hallways to Health Model
School-based health professionals and school-based health center (SBHC) sponsor organizations are in a unique position to lead and advocate for programs and policies that will improve the health and wellness of the entire school population – ALL students and school employees. Through successful school-health partnerships, SBHC professionals can transform their schools. They can go beyond providing patient-specific clinical care and include population health services in their scope. By developing preventative population approaches, SBHCs can play a crucial role in addressing root causes or social determinants of health.

The School-Based Health Alliance led a five-year program, Hallways to Health, with thirteen selected SBHCs to explore this model and develop a corresponding toolkit for the school-based health care field. Join us to learn about our School Population Health toolkit that guides SBHCs in utilizing a population health approach throughout their work. We will introduce the toolkit’s key steps to using the population health approach and provide tools and resources to help SBHCs build, assess, implement and sustain these efforts. We will provide examples of project successes, best practices, and lessons learned from Hallways to Health SBHC sites. The School-Based Health Alliance can provide follow-up support and technical assistance to support population health efforts.

Championing Change: Tools and Strategies to Create Healthier School Environments (focus audience: practicing healthcare providers)
Improving population health requires targeted policy, system and environmental (PSE) change interventions. As respected members of their communities, healthcare providers are uniquely positioned to advance PSE interventions by leveraging their clinical experiences and patient stories to provide context and scope to the public health issue.

During this workshop we will:

  • Discuss the impact of social determinants of health on chronic disease and student health outcomes.
  • Provide an overview of evidenced-based PSE interventions aimed at increasing access to healthy food and beverages and/or physical activity within the school setting.
  • Highlight case studies of practicing healthcare providers who have been able to successfully advance PSE change within the school setting, particularly as it relates to obesity prevention efforts.
  • Practice effective communication strategies to hone one’s voice and message as a means to successfully engage elected officials and key decision makers on important health policy issues.

Material for this training will be adapted from the successful Champion Provider Fellowship program- a program aimed at increasing healthcare providers’ capacity to engage in community change efforts within a broad range of settings. The primary audience for this workshop is practicing healthcare providers, however, all individuals with an interest in learning more about these topics are welcome to attend. All workshop attendees will receive a copy of the Champion Provider Fellowship’s PSE Playbook: Implementing Policy, System and Environmental Change in Our Communities.

Conference Workshops – Friday, May 18, 2018

Workshops for the main conference day will be decided by early 2018. Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know when the full agenda is released!