We have joined the All In Campaign to connect schools and child-care providers to the new health coverage options that are now available.
We have joined the All In Campaign to connect schools and child-care providers to the new health coverage options that are now available.
A new study published in the October 2013 Journal of Adolescent Health details the relationship between use of school-based health centers (SBHCs) in San Francisco and student success.
The study, conducted by ETR and the San Francisco Wellness Initiative in partnership with the University of California Berkeley and the University of Denver, compares students who participate in SBHCs and those who don’t and finds:
According to ETR’s lead program evaluator and study co-author Dr. John Shields, the need for school-based services is high. “In SFUSD high schools in 2013, over a quarter of students reported symptoms of depression, and nearly one out of ten students reported attempting suicide. A significant proportion of students are also turning to alcohol and other drugs–about 12% reported binge drinking in the past month, and 30% reported smoking marijuana in their lifetime.”
According to SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza, “Though we’ve known that having Wellness Centers at schools makes a difference for youth, this is the strongest evidence we have to date of the positive impact our Wellness Centers have for San Francisco’s public high school students. The study also shows we are having the greatest impact on the very students who need the most support to succeed in school.”
As one high school student put it, “Whenever I come into the Wellness Center, I feel safe and calm in an environment where I know people care about me. It’s like a house and we are all family.” Another student put it this way, “I am relieved to finally be able to have a caring adult who I can talk to honestly and someone I can rely on for help.”
Please urge your Representative to support the bill by becoming a cosponsor. Take action online with the national School-Based Health Alliance.
Thank you to California Reps. Brownley, Chu, Farr, Honda, Lee, Napolitano, Roybal-Allard, and Waxman for signing on as cosponsors! We are grateful for Rep. Capp’s leadership in introducing H.R. 2632 into Congress.
1. A back-to-school checklist for parents to help kids stay healthy. This resource was developed with the 100% Campaign:
2. Helpful information on immunizations needed for back-to-school and throughout the year:
3. Information schools and child-care providers can use to help parents, teachers, and school and child-care employees learn about new health care coverage options. These materials were developed with The Children’s Partnership:
4. Information on Kaiser Permanente’s Child Health Plan, which offers coverage to children in Kaiser’s Northern California service area who are not eligible for government health coverage — such as Medi-Cal or California Children’s Services (CCS) — or health coverage that is paid for, in any part, by an employer. Clinics that support application assistance for KP Child Health should submit applications for coverage before November 22 to ensure continuous coverage through 2014 as the program transitions to become compliant with the Affordable Care Act.
To learn more about how schools and SBHCs can help enroll families in insurance coverage, please visit our Outreach and Enrollment web page or contact Caitlin Chan, Project Coordinator at 510-350-3292.
School-based health centers throughout California are part of the effort to carry out community education on and enrollment in the new health insurance exchanges mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
The California School-Based Health Alliance (formerly CSHC) is one of 48 lead organizations that received a total of $37 million this week from Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange board.
The goal of the Covered California grant program is to increase awareness of affordable health coverage options available through the California Health Benefits Exchange, eliminate perceived barriers to coverage, and motivate Californians to enroll in health coverage.
Through its $377,000 grant, our organization will partner with a network of 12 school-based health centers and other school programs to educate young people about the importance and accessibility of health insurance plans. The network will reach young people and their families in counties across the state, including in the Bay Area, Los Angeles County, the Central Valley, and rural areas of Northern California.
Schools are a strategic venue for conducting education about new health insurance options because students and families trust the school to provide unbiased information. Hundreds of students and families rely on schools to provide them with critical information that supports community well-being.
The program we will oversee as part of the Covered California grant builds on its successful Peer Health Insurance Rights and Education (PHIRE) program that piloted in 2012 at high schools in San Francisco and San Jose. The initial program trained 31 students who in turn educated more than 2,500 members of their communities. Listen to a CBS Radio report on our outreach efforts.
We brought together nearly 200 high school students and more than 60 adult allies during two Youth-2-Youth (Y2Y) conferences — one in Oakland on February 13 and one in Los Angeles on April 5. The gatherings increased leadership skills for youth peer-to-peer health educators from high schools in Northern and Southern California.
In mid-February our Y2Y Network hosted Y2Y NorCal in Oakland that was attended by 105 people — including 75 youth and 30 adult allies — from 18 high schools in the greater Bay Area. Y2Y SoCal was held April 5 in Los Angeles and brought together 101 youth and 31 adult allies from six high schools, with adult allies also representing several health care and health justice organizations in the L.A. region.
Both events were well organized by our Youth Board. The NorCal conference was hosted by The California Endowment at their beautiful facility overlooking downtown Oakland, while the SoCal event was held at the Children’s Bureau’s cheery and art-filled Magnolia Place Family Center in South Los Angeles.
Youth participants attended workshops aimed at increasing public speaking skills, getting a better understanding of the impact popular culture has on public health, developing leadership skills, learning about pathways to pursuing a higher education in public health, and maximizing their impact as community leaders.
Adult allies attended workshops aimed at leveraging their strengths as coordinators, as well as building greater public visibility for their health centers and their youth-led programs.
Visit our Y2Y Network page for more information and to see a summary of past activities.
In this video taken during Y2Y NorCal, students share why their school-based health centers are making a difference:
Nearly 400 school administrators, educators, health care providers, and children’s health advocates converged on The Westin Long Beach for Vision & Voice for Healthy Students March 14 and 15. This year’s conference was the first to offer intensive pre-conference workshops, all three of which were completely sold out!
The conference kicked off on Thursday evening with a welcome reception at the outdoor terrace of The Westin Long Beach. Attendees enjoyed healthy hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary cocktail from CSHC while networking, learning about the latest school health advocacy opportunities, and planning which workshops to attend the next day.
|“Always a highlight of the year. Wonderful learning and networking.”|
On Friday, we were energized and inspired by our two opening plenary speakers: former Youth Board member Bertrand Perdomo-Ucles, who became a California Democratic Party Delegate in 2012, and Dr. Robert K. Ross, President & CEO of The California Endowment.
Bertrand shared the important role his high school health center played in developing the leadership skills that he is using today to lift up his community and the state. Dr. Ross urged attendees to keep in mind the youth most in need of critical care who in many cases are unable to voice their needs.
Workshops ranged from how to integrate comprehensive oral health at school-based health centers to building stronger partnerships with school administrators and how to addressing adolescent relationship abuse. One attendee wrote in an evaluation, “As always, CSHC delivers exceptionally bright, educated, energetic, inspirational information.”
During breaks between workshops and activities, attendees visited with the more than 20 exhibitors representing the health care sector, advocacy organizations, and other companies that serve school health providers.
The day ended with a warm and personal address from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region IX Director Herb K. Schultz, who affirmed the important role school-based health centers are playing in strengthening public health.
Read what former Youth Board member and The California Endowment Health Equity Fellow George Chacon wrote about the conference.
Blue Shield of California Foundation
The California Endowment
The California Wellness Foundation
The California HealthCare Foundation
Cedars-Sinai C.O.A.C.H. for Kids
Los Angeles County Education Foundation (LACEF)
The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health
Paradigm HealthCare Services
Nineteen California school superintendents — including State Superintendent Tom Torlakson — have signed on in support of a joint letter by the California School Health Centers Association (CSHC) and the National Assembly for School-Based Health Care (NASBHC).
|“The West Contra Costa Unified School District is definitely in support of funding for school based health centers. Since we’ve added them to our schools in 2007, our high school attendance is up, our dropout rate is down, violence in our schools is way down and academic achievement is up.” – Dr. Bruce Harter, Superintendent, West Contra Costa Unified School District|
The letter calls for inclusion of $50 million for the operations of SBHCs in the fiscal year 2014 budget and was sent by NASBHC to Senator Harkin and Representative Kingston, as well as to other members of Congress. School administrators from other states also signed the letter.
SBHCs are improving the health of children and youth, many of whom would otherwise go without necessary health and mental health services. The Affordable Care Act — aka “health care reform” — created an SBHC operations grant program, but did not fund it.
CSHC joins NASBHC and hundreds of school health stakeholders in urging Congress to appropriate $50 million to fund this program. We estimate that, of $50 million appropriated nationally, California would receive $8 million.
With this money:
• 160 SBHCs could provide medical care to 32 uninsured patients each week—for a total of almost 250,000 additional visits each year.
• 100 SBHCs could hire a mental health clinician to provide therapy, including crisis, grief, and long-term counseling, to uninsured students—reaching 15,000 more students each year.
• 120 school-based outreach and enrollment specialists could help over 100,000 students and family members sign up for insurance.
• 120 SBHCs could hire a youth program facilitator to lead school-wide efforts to build a healthy school climate, prevent and address violence, and promote positive youth development.
Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California
Dr. Trudy Arriaga, Superintendent, Ventura Unified School District
Dorma Baker, Superintendent, Pajaro Valley Unified School District
Dr. Daryl Camp, Superintendent, Riverbank Unified School District
Richard Carranza, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District
Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
Robert Frausto, Superintendent, Kerman Unified School District
Jon Gundry, Superintendent, Pasadena Unified School District
Dr. Bruce Harter, Superintendent, West Contra Costa Unified School District
Bill Kowba, Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District
Dr. Debbra Lindo, Superintendent, Emery Unified School District
Richard Martinez, Superintendent, Pomona Unified School District
Kari McVeigh, Superintendent, New Haven Unified School District
Marco Petruzzi, Chief Executive Officer/Superintendent, Green Dot Public Schools
Jonathan Raymond, Superintendent, Sacramento City Unified School District
Neil Smith, Co-Superintendent, Berkeley Unified School District
Dr. Tony Smith, Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District
Edward Velasquez, Superintendent, Lynwood Unified School District
Kirsten Vital, Superintendent, Alameda Unified School District
Three other Bay Area-based experts on school-based care were also interviewed and they discuss the new roles that SBHCs could play in the future. Visit California Healthline.
We have partnered with Comcast to help promote their Internet Essentials program, which offers discounted home Internet to students and their families. This program is a great opportunity that school-based health centers can make available to low-income students and their families by promoting it in their clinics and schools. Comcast has a variety of free bilingual promotional materials ideal for displaying and distributing at SBHCs.
The Pew Research Center reports that nationally, about 45 percent of households with a combined annual income of $30,000 or less do not have broadband access. As a result, they face disadvantages in getting a quality education, strengthening job skills, obtaining news or accessing health, educational, and financial information that is essential to improving the quality of their lives. Comcast’s Internet Essentials program actively addresses the three primary barriers to broadband use as identified by the Pew Center – a lack of understanding, the cost of a computer, and the cost of the service.
Internet Essentials offers a low monthly rate of $9.95 plus tax; no price increases, activation fees, or equipment rental fees; opportunity to purchase a low-cost $149 computer; and access to free Internet training — online, in print, and in person. A household is eligible to participate if:
Learn more by visiting our Offers From Our Partners page or going to InternetEssentials.com. Contact CSHC Communications Manager Marcel Reynolds at 510-268-1031 or via e-mail to order promotional materials that can be delivered to your SBHC.