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For a listing of pre-conference workshops on Thursday, May 9, 2019, visit the pre-conference page.

Conference Workshops – Friday, May 10, 2019

Session 1: 10:45am-12:00pm

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SBHC Evaluation 101: Demonstrating the Value of Your SBHC

This session will provide a basic review of evaluation methodologies for SBHCs. The presenters, both experienced SBHC evaluators, will first provide participants with a brief overview of SBHC evaluation, including the importance of data collection and evaluation and indicators to consider to demonstrate the value of SBHCs. The presenters will then review several data collection methods, including service data collection, school-wide and targeted surveys (for students, clients, school staff and parents), focus groups, and academic data collection, such as classroom instruction time saved logs. Finally, the presenters will share strategies for dissemination, including a preview of a simple Excel template that SBHCs can tailor with their own information and use as a marketing tool. The workshop will be geared toward SBHC representatives who have little or no evaluation experience, but who have a dedication to collecting and disseminating data to highlight their SBHC efforts.

  • Samira Soleimanpour, PhD, MPH, Senior Researcher, University of California, San Francisco
  • Sara Geierstanger, MPH, Senior Evaluator, University of California, San Francisco
Addressing food insecurity through partnerships, community outreach, and youth engagement

The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health is part of a network of 15 school-based health centers across Los Angeles Unified School District. At Fremont High School in South Los Angeles, we convened a group called the Food Justice Coalition to address the issue of food insecurity in the area. The Food Justice Coalition consists of individuals from the clinic, school, non-profit, and government settings working to increase access to healthy foods through resources and bi-monthly free produce market. This workshop will cover the various successes, challenges and strategies that the Coalition is working on, to address food insecurity.

  • Lillian Orta, Health Educator, The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health
Immigration: What’s Happening, How’s CA Responding, How can YOU get Involved

The current administration’s decision to increase immigration enforcement and to perpetuate policies that create a hostile environment for immigrant communities has had a detrimental impact in this community. The impact has been so great that individuals are fearful of participating in daily activities, such as seeking medical care or taking children to school. During this session we will be providing an overview of where we are with the proposed public charge rule and California’s efforts around the issue, implementation efforts around SB 54 and Health4All advocacy efforts.

  • Liz Oseguera, Health Advocates Plus
  • Aracely Navarro, The Children’s Partnership
The Connect Center Approach: Serving Queer/Trans Youth in Schools

The Connect Center is Sacramento City Unified School District’s centralized student support center, offering LGBTQ+ specific support services, mental health referrals and health insurance enrollment. This workshop will introduce the Connect Center model that will focus on LGBTQ+ vocabulary, differentiate between sexual orientation and gender identity, cover the intersections of identity and discuss the role of allyship. This workshop will also address relevant laws and policies that pertain to the protection of queer/trans youth, address risk factors and protective factors for these youth and will challenge participants to explore their own biases and privilege.

  • Nichole C. Wofford, LCSW, SCUSD/Connect Center Manager, Sacramento City Unified School District
  • Daniel Buffington, Sacramento City Unified School District
Classroom to clinics: Integrating technology in teen pregnancy prevention efforts

School based health centers (SBHCs) play an important role in teen pregnancy prevention efforts, as evidenced by the fact that more than 70% of SBHCs in California provide some form of reproductive health services and education. With the need to move beyond traditional approaches to more innovative approaches through integration of technology in clinical settings and going beyond the clinic walls to advance the health and well-being of adolescents. This interactive workshop will highlight findings from the Health-E You study at 18 Los Angeles Unified School District Wellness Center and SBHC sites, and introduce scenarios of how reproductive health conversations lead to the provision of services.

  • Rosario Rico, MPH, Associate Program Director, The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health
  • Robert Renteria, Program Manager, The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health
Real Transformation: Stories about creating a school-wide, trauma-informed culture

The Kaiser Permanente Resilience Initiative supports middle and high schools across Northern California by providing grants to community-based organizations to offer trauma-informed services and supports to students, teachers, and staff while fostering a trauma-informed culture throughout the school. Addressing the needs of both students and school staff is necessary in fostering a school-wide trauma-informed culture and improving school climate. Through storytelling, video, and discussion, Resilience Initiative partners share how they have successfully implemented approaches to build trauma-informed environments by establishing trauma-informed discipline policies, improving resources for staff self-care, and increasing family engagement to build awareness about the impacts of trauma.

  • Tracy Ward, LCSW, Community Benefits Project Manager III, Kaiser Permanente
Meet Me in the Middle: Embracing Youth Culture in Clinic

Navigating through adolescence can be a challenge for many teens. Trying to find a place where they belong, where they feel valued and heard is a challenge in itself; now imagine just how challenging it can then be, on top of all the other challenges they face, trying to navigate through the health care system as a teen. During this workshop, participants will learn what it means to be teen friendly, how to create a warm and welcoming environment, and how to engage with young people authentically and without judgment.

  • Jicara Collins, Sr. Health Education Specialist, Contra Costa Health Services


Session 2: 1:15pm – 2:30pm

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Keeping Kids Healthy and in School: How School-Based Health Centers Can Help Reduce Chronic Absence

Under California’s new school accountability system, schools are now responsible for reducing chronic absence. This makes the role of school-based health centers in addressing the health- related causes of absences even more vital. Join Hedy Chang, Executive Director of Attendance Works and Julieann Sparks, school nurse at Rosa Park Elementary School in San Diego to find out how school-based health centers can play a key role in keeping kids healthy and in school.

  • Hedy Chang, MPP, Executive Director, Attendance Works
  • Julieann Sparks, MSRCSN, Rosa Parks Elementary School, San Diego Unified School District
Collaboration is Key: Measuring the Impact of Coordination of Services Teams to Strengthen Programming

A Coordination of Services Teams (COST) is a multidisciplinary team of school staff and providers who coordinate learning supports and resources for students. Teams meet regularly to review student referrals and link them to prevention and intervention services that support social emotional and behavioral health. This workshop will share findings from an inquiry of the impact of COST in Alameda County schools, offer a framework for measuring the outcomes of care coordination efforts, and present a case study profiling one schools’ implementation of the COST model. Participants will also engage in small group discussions to discuss the implications of this study and how they could strengthen and expand care/service coordination efforts in their own schools.

  • Kristian Bedrossian, MPP, Managing Director, Bright Research Group
  • Irene Baraza, MA, LMFT, Behavioral Health and Wellness Program Coordinator, Center for Healthy Schools and Communities, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency
Integrating Oral Health into School-Based Clinic Programs

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) had a robust network of school-based medical clinics when they started their first dental clinic in 2013 in Richmond, CA. Since then, the program has grown to serve eight elementary, middle and high schools and will be adding more sites this school year. Clinics are operated out of SBHCs as well as mobile dental clinics. The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health (L.A. Trust) has piloted and refined a school-based oral health screening program to advance the Kindergarten Oral Health Mandate since 2013. The L.A. Trust has completed over 70 screening programs at LAUSD schools since then. First, this workshop will describe how CCHS established network of school-based dental clinics and key considerations faced in this process, including defining scope of services, process for obtaining parental consent, how to work with patients without parents present, strategies for integrating dental services into existing medical clinics, key partnerships, and considerations for providing dental services in a mobile setting. Next, the L.A. Trust will share their Oral Health Initiative Model and best practices around coordinating with school district personnel, gathering data, health education, and increasing screening consent returns. They will also discuss key opportunities for utilizing this type of model in the largest school district in the state and oral health policy opportunities to ensure broader and more robust implementation of school-based oral health screenings and care.

  • Kristina Kutter, MPH, Health Services Administrator, Contra Costa Health Services
  • Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director, The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health
 Leveraging Community Partners To Support Young Men of Color

Our presentation will provide understanding around building support and academic capacity for young men of color. As well as provide a starting point for framing the conversation with community partners. This conversation will include data proven strategies that increase academic and social emotional behavior outcomes.

  • Reginald Figgs, Community Schools Director, YMCA of The Eastbay
  • Shahad Wright, Community Schools Director, YMCA of The Eastbay
  • Terry Mitchell, Community Schools Director, YMCA of The Eastbay
Cultural Context & Trauma: Implications for Students

This interactive training utilizes a culturally responsive approach to work with students who have experienced trauma. Disclaimer: This training contains content, which may be emotionally heavy and spark a deeper level of reflection.

  • Kimani Norrington-Sands, Ph.D., Organization Facilitator, Los Angeles Unified School District, School Mental Health
  • Nicole McMahon, LCSW, MA.Ed., Los Angeles Unified School District, School Mental Health
In the Face of Caring and Collective Resilience: Transforming Leadership Teams and Implementing Trauma-Informed School Wellness Support

Developing a trauma responsive school requires successful leadership teams. In this robust workshop, participants will first learn how RISE: Resilience in School Environments initiative developed successful leadership teams and a holistic, systems-change approach to transform school culture and climate. Second, participants will hear from Lance McGee, who over the last three years, as Mindfulness and Wellness Consultant for the East Bay Agency for Children at Frick Health & Wellness Center in Oakland, has successfully developed an innovative trauma-informed school-based framework to provide wellness support specifically to teachers, school staff and administration. Participants will leave with useful tools to develop school leadership teams that drive trauma-responsive policy changes and gain practical self-care techniques by reducing the negative impact of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue.

  • Dr. Xiomara Mateo-Gaxiola, M.Ed., Ed.D., Senior Director of Transform Schools, Los Angeles Education Partnership
  • Lauren McCabe, Los Angeles Education Partnership
  • Lance McGee, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Wellness Consultant, East Bay Agency For Children
Brief Interventions for Substance Using Adolescents

Many young people are beginning to habitually use new marijuana, designer drugs & tobacco products and delivery systems increasingly available on the market. How do we meet youth where they are at and help them find motivation to make changes? This training serves to provide insights and hands on practice to answer these questions. We will cover the latest data on adolescent substance use and explore both a school and clinically-based brief intervention model.

  • Robert Dousa, TUPE Program Manager Oakland Unified School District & Independent Strengths Building Consulting
  • Naomi Schapiro PNP, PhD, La Clinica De La Raza
Improving LARC reimbursement and clinic efficiency for school-based health centers

This session will present strategies for LARC billing and reimbursement, as well as improving clinic flow efficiency for school-based health centers. We will explain basic coding terminology and concepts for family planning services, describe common ICD-10 diagnoses, CPT codes, and supporting documentation processes. In addition, we will discuss the role that clinicians can play in providing good coding and documentation practices. We also will describe strategies for improving clinic flow efficiency…working smarter, not harder…in ways to that support same-day LARC services or rapid referral. Interactive cases for applying new concepts in both reimbursement and clinic efficiency will be included.

  • Mike Policar MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus of Ob, Gyn, and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF School of Medicine
  • Suzan Goodman MD, MPH, National Training Director, Bixby Beyond the Pill Program, UCSF
Palos Verdes


Session 3: 3-4:15

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Sharing Information: Appropriately Applying HIPAA, FERPA, & Other Confidentiality Laws

The appropriate sharing of information between educational and school health partners is essential, both to effectively serve students and families and to ensure legal compliance. What are HIPAA and FERPA and how do they apply to your work? When and how may schools share information with their health partners, and vice versa? How can parents, schools, and providers share information to improve health and educational outcomes? This presentation will use case studies to understand and apply major confidentiality laws to common questions. Participants also will have an opportunity to share questions they would like to see addressed in new information-sharing resource being developed by CSHA and WestEd.

  • Rebecca Gudeman, J.D., M.P.A, Senior Director, Health, National Center for Youth Law
  • Yun-kyung Lee (Peggy), Deputy Regional Manager, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Pacific Region
Screening for Social Determinants of Health: Lessons Learned in Practice

Beginning in 2014 and continuing through 2017, Native American Health Center’s school based clinics incorporated social determinants of health questions into the screening tool used at a student’s first visit, and annually on a continuing basis. Using the RAAPS (Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services) model and other validated tools, these question assess for food insecurity, suicide risk, peer and family relationships, high risk sex practices; substance abuse, housing security and more. Responses and support around these topics are not within the typical capacity of most health care clinics. This presentation will provide an update on implementing these screening questions, specifically the challenges and strategies to responding effectively when students identify a need. The importance of leveraging internal resources, partnering with community agencies and building connections with school staff will be addressed in relation to specific identified needs. Models of clinic staff role expansion and internal capacity building, along with other challenges and adaptations will be shared as tools for helping participants plan for and engage in incorporating screening and evaluations of these important health indicators into their practices.

  • Vanessa Puschendorf, PNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Native American Health Center
  • Jennifer Bryson Alderman, FNP, Family Nurse Practitioner, Native American Health Center
  • Silvia Calderon, Clinic Manager, Native American Health Center
The Newcomer Wellness Initiative: Oakland Unified School District’s Innovative Approach to Supporting Recently Arrived Immigrant Youth

OUSD in partnership with Salesforce brought the Newcomer Wellness Initiative to our schools during the 2017-18 school year. This Initiative places a social worker in each of our middle and high schools with designated newcomer programs. This team provides case management around critical needs, builds community partnerships, provides mental health supports, attendance interventions, and school culture and climate interventions with the goal of helping our newcomers stabilize and build safe relationships in order to keep them in school. We will share context around our newcomers, some of the needs and concerns they experience and how our team creatively approaches this multifaceted work through a trauma informed lens.

  • Julia Sitko, LCSW, PPSC, Program Manager, Newcomer Wellness Initiative, Oakland Unified School District
  • Leticia Manzanares, LMFT, Oakland Unified School District
The High Life…a Silent Addiction – a Forum Theatre on cannabis and youth

The YAB is a group of peer health educators from Balboa HS in San Francisco. Over the years, they have designed and performed Forum Theatres as a strategy for community engagement and action on a variety of timely mental health issues affecting youth. Join us as we demonstrate our Forum Theatre in this interactive and fun workshop that focuses on cannabis use among youth! Youth and adult participants are welcomed!

  • Marcia M. Zorrilla, DrPH, MPH, Health Educator, Balboa Teen Health Center
  • Naomi Lozano, Student, Balboa Teen Health Center
  • Melvin Ramirez, Student, Balboa Teen Health Center
Best Practices in STD Follow Up + Case Management

Best Practices in STD Follow Up + Case Management is a workshop designed to talk about the impact of STD’s for youth under the age of 25. This workshop will discuss the importance of sexual health screenings, partner management, and current data around STD morbidity rates. We will also talk about current STD clinical recommendations for the treatment of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis. Finally, participants will engage in an interactive activity where they will sharpen their skills on effective partner management strategies.

  • Andre-Jamison Mirassou-Molette, Community-Embedded Disease Intervention Specialist, Essential Access Health

  • Neha Saxena, MPH, Community-Embedded Disease Intervention Specialist, Essential Access Health

Getting to Zero: Implementing PrEP and PEP in School-Based Health Centers

This workshop will cover best practices for HIV prevention in adolescents with a focus on the implementation of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) in school-based health centers. Join this workshop to hear an overview of the HIV epidemic among adolescents in California, best practices for determining eligibility for PrEP and PEP, instructions for labs and prescriptions, and suggestions for case management and training of all SBHC staff. Presenters are two SBHC clinicians, SBHC Health Education Supervisor, and PrEP Navigator & HIV/HCV Test Counselor from La Clínica de La Raza.

  • Skye Timmons, MPH, La Clinica De La Raza
  • Naomi Schapiro, PNP, PhD, UCSF
  • Kathie Rhodes, FNP, La Clinica De La Raza
  • Jose Luis Robledo-Guereca, La Clinica De La Raza
Now You See Me: Learning to Look Beneath the Surface

“The behaviors that adults observe in the youth they work with often don’t reveal the whole story about what’s really going on in their lives. In this session, members of the California School-Based Health Alliance Youth Board will lead participants through an interactive activity to help them better understand what might be “beneath the surface” in order to strengthen the relationships and environments necessary for encouraging students to seek help when they need it.

  • Michel’le Bailey, Youth Board Member, California School-Based Health Alliance
  • Irma Rosa Viera, Youth Board Member, California School-Based Health Alliance