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Our 2021 virtual statewide school health conference – Building Bridges to Healthy & Resilient Communities – was held online November 2-4, 2021 and co-hosted by REL West.
November 2 Keynote: Dr. Shawn Ginwright
A leading innovator, provocateur, and thought leader on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development, Dr. Ginwright is Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and a Senior Research Associate at San Francisco State University. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities.
November 3 Keynote: Dr. Janine Jones
A Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education at the University of Washington, Dr. Jones‘ research focuses on providing culturally responsive interventions in schools, including the integration of cultural factors that are associated with resilience in racially diverse youth. Her work also includes the study of identity and belonging as critical elements in school engagement for youth of color. She is a licensed psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.
November 4 Keynote: Dr. Howard Pinderhughes
Social and behavioral scientist and author Dr. Howard Pinderhughes is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California San Francisco. He has conducted research and program development in the areas of race relations among youth and adolescent violence prevention and intervention. His research combines aspects of grounded theory, qualitative methods, survey research, and participatory action research to examine problems related to the impacts of structural inequality, racial, class, and gender dynamics on adolescent health and relations.
November 4 Closing: Tracy Mendez
California School-Based Health Alliance Executive Director Tracy Mendez delivers a thoughtful reflection on the 2021 statewide school health virtual conference and an update on the state of school-based health care in California.
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Learn about the magnitude of oral health problems in California’s children and the California Office of Oral Health plan to address children’s oral health in schools. Hear about examples of partnerships in schools and how to overcome barriers to promote school oral health programs. Learn about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the South Central Family Health Center’s dental clinic and the steps they took to resume patient care. Get an overview of the new virtual oral health education videos, and an oral health toolkit, which is part of The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health initiative. Learn about other resources for oral health education and services at schools.
Presenters: Esther Yepez, Oral Health Program Manager, The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health; Ryan Huang, DDS, Dental Director, South Central Family Health Center; and experts from the California Department of Public Health; Joanna Aalboe, RDH, MPH, Health Program Manager and Local Programs and Statewide Interventions Unit, Chief, California Department of Public Health; Paula Lee, RDHAP, MPH, Dental Hygiene Consultant, California Department of Public Health
Hear the latest information on pediatric COVID vaccination including federal recommendations, rationale, effectiveness, progress to date, challenges, precautions, and safety issues. Learn about the latest models and progress of schools in immunizing children and families throughout the state.
Presenter: Tom Boo, MD, Public Health Medical Officer, Immunization Branch, California Department of Public Health; Shane Valentine, School-Based Services Director, LifeLong Medical Care School-Based Health Centers
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, MOUs, and best practices for building a community of care for young people.
Presenter: Amy Ranger, MPH, Director of Programs, California School-Based Health Alliance
The pandemic has put a spotlight on the need for schools to better support students’ social emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing in addition to academic outcomes. Youth must be at the table when informing decision makers of students’ needs, particularly around school climate and health. Hear about effective strategies for engaging youth in the successful development and utilization of school-based health programs.
Presenters: Aimee Eng, Director of Education Strategy and Partnerships, California Children’s Trust, and Director, Oakland Unified School District Board of Education; Rany Ath, Director, SHOP 55 School-Based Health Center, Oakland High School; Jessica Ramos, Former Student Director, Oakland Unified School District Board of Education
The triple pandemic of COVID-19, racial reckonings, and economic uncertainty have left many students and educators feeling raw. We must take the time to reflect on what we do, and how we do it, to truly create the kind of world we want to live in. Join an authentic conversation about Race in America and understand the impacts that culture, identity, power, and intersectionality have on our individual, interpersonal, and institutional relationships. Explore strategies for resiliency and sustainability for building a healing centered school culture that honors each of us.
Presenter: Mizan Alkebulan-Abakah, MPH, CYT-500, Co-Creator, Spearitwurx
The Allcove model approaches youth wellness in a comprehensive and youth-friendly way, led by members of an active Youth Advisory Group (YAG) to design the services, it engages in community with an active community consortium, and aims to create inclusive spaces where mental health is normalized, culturally competent, and free of judgment. Hear about the growth of the model with the planned opening of five more centers in California focused on working with different communities, counties, health care districts, academic and community-based organizations. Be part of an interactive dialogue guided by the YAG and highlighting youth voice and needs, school supports, and collaboration opportunities for accessing mental health support.
Presenters: Ana Lilia Soto, MA, Youth Development Manager; Cristiane Cunial, MBA, Implementation and Operations Manager, Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Stanford Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Lucia Shen; Darién Castillo; Phoebe Pham, Youth Presenters, Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing
Youth perspectives are rarely included in research settings involving adolescent health. The Stanford REACH Lab Youth Action Board (YAB), made up of youth ages 14 to 22, was established using Positive Youth Development principles to elevate youth voice and strengthen Stanford’s work in substance use prevention research. We examined whether participation in the YAB improved youth skills and a sense of community. Hear about our findings and implications for future programming.
Presenter: Marcia M. Zorrilla, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, Director, Positive Youth Development & Public Health Specialist; Adrienne Lazaro, MS, Project Co-Director; Juanita T Greene, Research Assistant, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at Stanford School of Medicine
The past year and a half has seen school health systems strained to the max and a renewed focus on the benefits of school-based health care. Get updates on our sponsored legislation and other legislation of interest, dive into the significant new investments for school-based health and student supports in the state budget, highlight potential new federal opportunities on the horizon, and hear how this could all impact school-based health centers and school health programs.
Presenter: Lisa Eisenberg, MSW, MPP, Policy Director, California School-Based Health Alliance
Young people have the power to create and influence change, especially among their peers. For that reason, an exceptional group of teenagers from across the country came together to create a podcast focused on promoting teen COVID-19 vaccination by sharing their own stories and experiences. Hear what drove them to be a part of this opportunity, why it was meaningful for them, and how youth and adults can come together to inspire long-lasting, life-altering change in their communities.
Presenters: Anita Hooshangi; Micaela Maxwell; Ziarah Carrillo; Alyssa Makena, Teen Podcasters; Nicole Korp, Program Associate, School-Based Health Alliance
School-Based Telehealth Program Start-up & Operations
Looking to start up or improve your school-based telehealth program? The School-Based Health Alliance, in collaboration with the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center and MUSC Center for Telehealth, a Telehealth Center for Excellence, developed a school-based telehealth program playbook to guide health systems through the design, implementation, and operation of a telehealth program that meet the needs of children and adolescents. Learn about the essential components for school-based telehealth, including delivery methods, partnerships, and practical considerations for structuring hybrid and direct-to-student program models.
Presenters: Seleena E. Moore, MPH, Senior Program Manager, School-Based Health Alliance; Kathy Hsu Wibberly, PhD, Director, Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center; Elana Wells, MPH, Telehealth Manager of Grant Initiatives, Medical University of South Carolina Center for Telehealth; Katie King, MD, MHS, Associate Executive Medical Director and School-Based Health Medical Director, Medical University of South Carolina Center for Telehealth
Hear an overview of expedited partner therapy (EPT) as a partner management strategy for teen patients with chlamydia and gonorrhea. Be informed about state and national guidelines, treatment, perceived barriers to implementation, and strategies to facilitate communication between providers and patients to increase access to EPT.
Presenter: Kala Heekin, STI Prevention Specialist, Essential Access Health
Adolescents impacted by trauma have difficulty regulating behaviors and may engage in unsafe coping behaviors. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland School-Based Providers adapted Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills training during a pandemic to deliver telehealth DBT skills groups for cultural affinity groups – Black youth, Spanish speaking youth and BIPOC youth. We will share how our clinical team built capacity, strengthened a consultation team and delivered culturally responsive DBT. We found that the adolescents enjoyed the groups, built skills that they continued to use and asked for more.
Presenters: Saun-Toy Trotter, LMFT, Program Manager; Ariana Sanchez, LMFT, Mental Health Clinician; Sara Schnaitter, LCSW, Mental Health Clinician, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
This workshop is meant to help school-based health centers (SBHCs) run by Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Review basic guidelines to ensure Medi-Cal and other reimbursement can be maximized to sustain and expand services. Learn about pending reforms to Medi-Cal and how this might impact SBHCs. Hear about seeing non-assigned patients, Minor Consent Medi-Cal program, group visits, productivity standards, employing MFTs, same-day visits, Alternative Payment Methodology, CalAIM, and the state MCO incentive program.
Presenters: Emily Shipman, MS, Assistant Director of Health Center Operations; Bao Xiong, Assistant Director of Health Center Operations; Andie Martinez Patterson, MPP, Sr. Vice President of Strategy, Integration, and System Impact, California Primary Care Association; Tracy Mendez, MPH, MPP, Executive Director, California School-Based Health Alliance
In August 2021, the ACLU in California published a statewide report analyzing the latest school police data from federal, state, and district-level sources to conclusively show harmful and discriminatory policing patterns in schools, including the disproportionate impact school-based law enforcement particularly has on Black, Indigenous, other students of color, and students with disabilities. The report also highlights important local efforts to increase school-based mental health services and uplifts the work of students working with the ACLU for #CounselorsNotCops. Hear from the report’s co-authors about their findings.
Presenters: Linnea Nelson, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, Racial & Economic Justice Program and Statewide Education Equity Team Lead, ACLU Foundation of Northern California; Amir Whitaker, JD, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU of Southern California
There are many educational rights and benefits extended to youth in foster care or experiencing homelessness. These students often experience significant trauma and benefit from additional support. Hear about relevant California and federal legislation; discuss students’ unique educational needs; and share trauma-informed strategies.
Presenter: Alicia Rozum, MSW, PPSC, Coordinator, Foster/Homeless/CSEC Youth Services, Placer County Office of Education
Effective Screening & Response for Suicide Risk
Learn about the principles for best practices when screening youth for suicide risk. Hear about key components of suicide risk screening in the school setting including evidence-based tools, and explore suicide risk screening resources. Explore how to critically examine crisis response protocols and incorporate safety planning and counseling on lethal means as part of suicide risk screening protocols.
Presenter: Stan Collins, Suicide Prevention Specialist, Directing Change Program and Film Contest
Advancing School-Based Health Care in the Inland Empire
School-based health centers (SBHCs) are a proven strategy for addressing the health needs of low-income children and youth. Currently, there are only eight SBHCs in San Bernardino County and 14 in Riverside County. Many more SBHCs are needed to address the health access and disparities affecting Inland Empire youth, and existing SBHCs would benefit from greater collaboration and support to deepen their impact. Hear about the health needs of youth in CSHA’s new Relative Need Index for SBHCs, share ideas on leveraging new state funding, and lay the groundwork to create a SBHC coalition in the Inland Empire.
Presenters: Sang Leng Trieu, DrPH, Consultant; Amy Ranger, MPH, Director of Programs; Lisa Eisenberg, MSW, MPP, Policy Director, California School-Based Health Alliance
Counseling, Patient-Centered Language & LARC Doulas: Improving the LARC Experience in School-Based Health Centers
Long-active reversible contraceptives (LARCs) have been recommended as first line contraception for adolescents for over a decade, and studies have shown high adolescent satisfaction rates for adolescents who use them. However, the largest barrier to LARC uptake is that adolescents report negative recollections of LARC insertions. Nearly half of intrauterine device (IUD) users reported in a recent study that dislike of the insertion procedure might or would probably prevent them from getting another IUD in the future. Learn how you can improve the increasingly common LARC procedural experience to avoid causing distress to a vulnerable population.
Presenters: Arin Kramer, MS, RN, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner, La Clínica de La Raza; Lisa Mihaly, FNP-BC, Assistant Clinical Professor / Co-Director Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco; Naomi A. Schapiro, RN, PhD, CPNP-PC, Professor Emerita, Family Health Care Nursing University of California, San Francisco
Student voice is a foundational and often missing element in crisis recovery work. As school leaders, it is imperative to listen and learn from and with young people to gain a deeper understanding of how adults and systems can create the cultures and conditions that center recovery and renewal. Crisis work doesn’t just stop at response. Hear the results of student listening sessions conducted in 2021 and strategies on how to organize similar listening sessions in schools to center student recovery and renewal after a crisis.
Presenters: Darryn Green, School Crisis Recovery and Renewal Field Coach; Jen Leland, LMFT, MA; School Crisis Recovery and Renewal Field Director, Trauma Transformed
What does it take to start a school-based health center (SBHC) in a rural area? What are the particular challenges and considerations? Join this session to find out the best steps to planning for a rural environment.
Presenters: Nichole Mosqueda, Chief Administrative Officer, Camarena Health; Colleen McEvoy, RN, MSN, C-PNP, Manager, Bronco Clinic School-Based Health Center
Implementing screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) at a school-based health center requires building collaborative relationships with the school community. Hear how to engage school and community personnel in championing school-based health care, identify ways to build trust with stakeholders, and present a case study on co-creating a collaborative school health SBIRT program.
Presenter: Allison Kilcoyne, MS, RN, FNP-BC, Vice President of Integration, Wellness and Community Development, North Shore Community Health
The acute and chronic stresses associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems and a shorter life span. The California Department of Public Health is encouraging health care providers to screen clients for ACES and related social determinants of health. Hear about how to do this in a school-based health center. Learn about trauma-informed screening approaches, using the PEARL screener to open up conversations with youth and families, serving special populations, mandated reporting, and confidential medical records.
Presenters: Naomi A. Schapiro, RN, PhD, CPNP-PC, Professor Emerita, Family Health Care Nursing, University of California, San Francisco; Kristine Carter, MS, CPNP-PC, Lead Clinician, School-Based Health Centers, LifeLong Medical Care
Learn key strategic, operational, and technology considerations for starting up or expanding your school’s approach to telehealth. Hear about the school health delivery model, how to assess your student and staff needs, how to choose a telehealth and/or data management vendor, and privacy and security considerations. Receive materials and resources related to these topics and engage in interactive discussion to work through key issues in expanding school telehealth services.
Presenters: Robby Franceschini, Director of Policy, BluePath Health; Kerina Mendoza, Program Manager, Anthem Blue Cross – CA Medicaid
Our 2020 statewide conference – School Health on the Frontlines: Navigating Pandemics & Building Equity – was our first virtual gathering and was held October 6-8, 2020. More than 900 school-based health providers, educators, and school health partners came together to network and learn ways to help students navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This conference was rescheduled after we had to cancel our in-person gathering that was to be held in Sacramento in May.
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