2020 Conference Breakout Sessions

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For a listing of pre-conference workshops on Thursday, May 14, 2020, visit the pre-conference page.

Conference Workshops – Friday, May 15, 2020

Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3

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

Burnout AF (And Frustrated): How to Restore Work/Life Balance

Working in the helping profession as an educator, administrator, clerk/secretary, or mental health professional puts one at the forefront of dealing with high levels of stress and trauma in the workplace. How do you manage to be present in all situations and still be able to function after your shift is over and you return home? This workshop will allow participants to understand how workplace stress and trauma affects individuals. Participants will also learn how to identify symptoms of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. Participants will also acquire skills and self-care strategies to mitigate these symptoms.

  • Judith Brannon, LMFT, PPS, Behavioral Health Therapist, Bakersfield City School District
Let’s Talk Vapes, Marijuana, & Youth

School-based health centers are a strategic partner in reaching young people with education and empowerment opportunities, as well as providing community linkages. In this panel, you will learn about current trends and concerns about tobacco and marijuana vaping including the health risks for youth, the factors that lead to co-use, what youth can do to avoid these products, and resources available to support you in these efforts. This workshop will also highlight a successful local partnership from Santa Clara County that supports school districts to address student vaping.

  • Katharina Streng, RD, Health Program Specialist, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) – Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch
  • Sarah Planche, M.Ed., Education Administrator, California Department of Education – Tobacco Use Prevention Office
  • Val Quinn, Staff Service Manager, CDPH – Center for Healthy Communities
  • Sonia Gutierrez, MPH, Supervisor – Safe & Healthy Schools, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): Challenging Placements & Removals

To ensure access to the full range of contraceptive options, providers need technical skills to both insert and remove IUDs and implants as well as patient-centered counseling skills to help address patient concerns in challenging scenarios. This evidence-based training utilizes didactic material, the USMEC, and case-based learning to review best practices for challenging LARC placements and removals, including missing IUD strings and implant migration. We will also review evidence-based management strategies and tips for counseling patients with bleeding complaints. This session will build problem-solving skills for less-experienced clinicians and expand clinical management for more advanced participants.

  • Suzan Goodman, MD, MPH, Training Director, Beyond the Pill, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
What’s Next? School Health Legislation in 2020 & Beyond

Leading education and health care policy makers and advocates will discuss 2019 legislation and administrative reforms impacting school-based health. Some examples presenters will cover include new funding to incentivize school-county partnerships to advance school mental health, interagency efforts between the Department of Education and Health Care Services to support school Medi-Cal, and health care reform. Presenters will also share projections for policy changes in 2020 and beyond.

  • Amanda Dickey, J.D., Esq., Director of Intergovernmental & Legal Affairs, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association
Youth Voices: Using Restorative Practices to Engage Adults Around Adolescent Health-Related Issues

Young people from the REACH Ashland Youth Center will be leading this workshop. REACH Ashland Youth Center is a program within the Center for Health Schools and Communities, a division within Alameda County. We believe that when provided resources and support – youth are in the best position to determine their own struggles, needs and direction. Youth will lead adult participants through steps of a restorative justice community building circle, as well as share their unique perspectives on health-related issues using the circle format. Facilitators will be middle and high school students.

  • Anthony “Sam” McNeal, Site Coordinator, REACH Ashland Youth Center, Alameda County Center for Healthy Schools & Communities
Moving Beyond Health Towards Wellness

This workshop will explore the critical gaps in the ways our current health care system serves adolescents. Presenters will use a case study to highlight the ways that school-based health centers are equipped to serve the whole adolescent. Presenters will also cover hot topics in health care such as social determinants of health, integrated health care, and consent & confidentiality. Participants will work together to envision our ideal model for adolescent wellness care.

  • Kalila Banks, PA-C, Clinician, Clinica Sierra Vista
  • Ashley Rojas, Executive Director, Fresno Barrios Unidos
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 substance use case studies to understand and apply major confidentiality laws to common questions. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about a recently launched HIPAA/FERPA web resource.

  • Rebecca Gudeman, J.D., MPA, Senior Director Health, National Center for Youth Law



Session 2: 1:15pm – 2:30pm

Implementing SBIRT in SBHCs

This workshop will highlight how SBHCs in two regions – the Bay Area and Los Angeles – implemented new practices to screen for and address youth substance use. Presenters will discuss how data from an environmental scan supported the implementation of SBIRT in school-based health centers and influenced school culture around youth substance use. Presenters will also discuss what was done to expand services and screening, support staff, and develop new workflows. This workshop will share important lessons learned and strategies for engaging students and parents as champions.

  • Robert Renteria, Program Manager, The LA Trust for Children’s Health
  • Erika Hernandez, Project Coordinator, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Sefanit Mekuria; MD, MPH; School Based Provider; Contra Costa Public Health Department
Implementing Healthy Relationships Education Programs with Efficiency, Fidelity, & Flare

Assisting adolescents in making responsible choices can play a crucial role in promoting positive mental health and reducing harmful behaviors. The California Adolescent Health Collaborative (CAHC) has been implementing the Healthy Relationship and Economic Pathways Program (H-REP) in the Central Valley since 2015. This workshop will highlight some of the positive outcomes, including working with traditional and non-traditional schools, augmenting curricula to be compliant with the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA), early challenges, and lessons learned.

  • German Zavalza, Central Valley Program Manager, Public Health Institute
  • Robert Lee, Curriculum Specialist, Public Health Institute
Healthy Futures: An Alternative to Suspension Curriculum

This workshop will start with an update of the rapidly changing landscape of e-cigarette use among youth and vaping related lung injuries followed with an opportunity to experience components/activities from the Healthy Futures: An Alternative to Suspension Curriculum. Join presenters for this interactive and timely workshop!

  • Marcia M. Zorrilla, DrPH, MPH, Public Health Specialist/Director of Positive Youth Development, Stanford University School of Medicine – Division of Adolescent Medicine
  • Richard Daniel Ceballos III, Project Co-Director, Tobacco Prevention Toolkit & Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Toolkit, Stanford University School of Medicine – Division of Adolescent Medicine
Beyond Eating & Exercise: Implementing Trauma Informed Obesity Care in SBHCs

SBHCs provide an ideal setting for obesity prevention and intervention, yet helping our most vulnerable youth achieve sustainable behavior change can seem like an insurmountable challenge. In this workshop we will explore the impact of chronic stress on weight and metabolic health in youth, and its potential influence on behavior change. We will discuss interdisciplinary approaches we have begun to implement, including a health at every size model, that integrate social needs support with behavioral and medical health to provide holistic and trauma-informed obesity management.

  • Victoria Keeton, PhD (c), CNS, CPNP-PC, Clinical Professor, Family Health Care Nursing, UCSF School of Nursing/La Clínica de la Raza SBHC
  • Naomi A .Schapiro, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, Professor Emeritus, Family Health Care Nursing, UCSF School of Nursing/ La Clínica de la Raza SBHC
Engaging Asian Youth in Challenging Mental Health Stigma: A Model for Youth-Led Programs

The Improving Wellness for Asian Youth (IWAY) project, an Oakland-based youth program, strives to empower East Bay Asian youth to voice their personal experiences around mental health. The presenters will share their strategies to design an innovative model for a youth-led program that challenges mental health stigma.

  • Denise Lee, Master in Urban Studies (MAUS), Child and Youth Services Program Manager, Asian Health Services
  • Caroline Chou, Health Educator, Public Health Institute
  • Sandy Tan, Health Educator, Public Health Institute
Integration of Mental Health in Schools to Improve Student Success

This workshop will cover a model for collaborating with schools and school districts to establish comprehensive school-based mental health services on campuses. Presenters will introduce best practices in establishing a continuum of school-based mental health services, including initiating partnerships with school districts; establishing written agreements about services; engaging agency/school staff and school communities; and integrating outcomes to ensure student success and gauge partnership success. Participants will then look at their own progress at coordinating services with schools, whether their programs are in infancy or well-established.

  • Shefali D’Sa, LMFT, LPCC, Assistant Vice President, School-Based Mental Health & Early Education, Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services
  • Marisa Perez-Martin, LMFT, Vice President, School Based Mental Health & Early Education, Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services
Practical & Sustainable Steps for Addressing Implicit Bias in Contraceptive Care

This session will explore ways in which unconscious bias may affect how you talk with students about contraceptive options and how different approaches to counseling may advance or hinder students’ reproductive autonomy. Participants will develop an understanding of how bias may impact patients’ experience of care and gain practical strategies to mitigate the impacts of bias when counseling youth about sexual and reproductive health. Additionally, an overview of patient-centered counseling approaches will help participants support adolescents (who want contraception) access information about the full range of options and select their method of choice.

  • Connie Folse, MPH, Contraceptive Training Specialist, Beyond the Pill, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
  • Nina Pine, MSc, Contraceptive Training Specialist, Beyond the Pill, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health


Session 3: 2:45-3:45

We Need Wellness Centers & We Need Them Now!

Wellness Centers are not a new concept in schools. The implementation of the Wellness Centers in Roseville Joint High School District was a very fast process with many challenges along the way. The presenters will discuss the implementation of their comprehensive student-centered and trauma-informed Wellness Program within the guides of a Multi Tiered System of Support framework. The workshop will include how this program went from an idea to a district priority.

  • Cristina Dobon-Claveau, LCSW, PPS, Wellness & Prevention Coordinator, Roseville Joint Union High School District
  • Craig Gibbs, LCSW, PPS, Wellness & Prevention Coordinator, Roseville Joint Union High School District
  • Sabrina Vella, LCSW, PPS, Wellness & Prevention Coordinator, Roseville Joint Union High School District
School Medi-Cal Funding: Strategies for Successfully Implementing the State Plan Amendment

This workshop will provide expert technical support and resources to local education agencies (LEAs) in preparation for the upcoming expansion of school-based health federally reimbursable programs. In order to support this expansion due to the implementation of State Plan Amendment 15-021, the workshop will assist districts in exploring the most useful strategies for their LEA in redesigning existing programs and incorporating best practices, free tools, and peer support. 

  • Hellan Roth Dowden, MPH, President & CEO, Teachers for Healthy Kids
  • Jeremy Ford, Program Manager of MAA/LEA Billing, Oakland Unified School District
Providing Quality Sexual & Reproductive Health Care for Youth in Foster Care

Youth in foster care face disproportionately poor reproductive health outcomes. For example, by age 19, approximately 50% of young women in care will have been pregnant at least once with about two-thirds describing the pregnancy as not intended. Health providers can play a crucial role in addressing these disparities. In this presentation, a team from the Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth (LA RHEP) will describe the unique sexual and reproductive health needs of youth in care and provide concrete tools and tips that health care practitioners can incorporate into their practice to become a foster friendly sexual and reproductive health provider. The presentation will offer case vignettes, resources, and incorporate the voice of foster youth.

  • Rebecca Gudeman, J.D., MPA, Senior Director Health, National Center for Youth Law
  • Barbara Facher, MSW, Social Worker, Alliance for Children’s Rights
  • Mara Zeigler, LCSW, Senior Social Worker, Public Counsel
Health Center Services for TAY: Nothing About Us Without Us

Join Rising Harte Wellness Center (RHWC) for a discussion on how to engage transition age youth (TAY) in health services. Presenters will share lessons learned from the first cohort of Rising Harte’s TAY Advisory Council which provided guidance on making the clinic more inclusive, welcoming, and better able to provide services to TAY. Topics and activities during the workshop will include: factors to consider when working with TAY, lessons learned from serving this population, helpful resources, and discussions around how to use input from TAY to inform clinic practices and services.

  • Ramses Munoz, Clinic Coordinator, Rising Harte Wellness Center – Fred Finch Youth Center
Leveraging the Power of Relationships to Engage & Empower Families

This workshop will explore the barriers and opportunities within our schools and in our communities to build relationships and partnerships with families. It is essential to engage family members in culturally responsive ways as partners when designing and delivering school-based health care. Research shows that traditional methods of reaching families are often not effective, especially for underrepresented families and families experiencing trauma. Participants will hear personal stories, reflect on how our beliefs and practices impact families, and learn concrete strategies to engage and empower families.

  • Margit Birge, MNA, Senior Program Associate, WestEd
Engaging and Empowering Gen Z to Take Their Health in Their Hands, Their Way

For many working with youth, Generation Z is a group of elusive individuals who are intelligent, determined, and focused more on social media than their health care. With behavioral health issues, the popularity of vaping, legalization of marijuana, lackluster sexual health education, and disparate access to care, it can be hard for health professionals to engage this generation. This workshop will provide tips and tricks on engaging Gen Z through empowerment, programming, branding, community unity and engagement, advocacy, youth leadership programming, and clinical strategies.

  • Cassondra Angu, Program Associate, UMMA Clinic
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

Between 1991 and 2012, the rate of non-medical use of opioids by youth and their rate of OUD more than doubled. This workshop will provide a background on OUD and youth, an overview of different medications for addiction treatment, and considerations for treating adolescents. Participants will be invited to share their challenges addressing substance use disorder in youth. This is an introductory workshop and no previous knowledge of OUD or MAT is necessary. It will also provide an overview of Naloxone, a life-saving medication that reverses opioid overdose.

  • Aimee Moulin, MD, Co-Principal Investigator, California Bridge Program