SBHCs Serve More Than Students

Manual Arts High School Wellness Center in L.A.

At the Manual Arts High School Wellness Center in Los Angeles, pediatric nurse practitioner Jennie Lien gives 15-month-old Andrew Baptist a medical examination. Andrew’s great-grandmother, Yvonne Lee (right) says Andrew’s entire family relies on the center for medical care.(Photo/Chris Richard)

The new school-based health centers (SBHCs) opening in Los Angeles are attracting notice for serving members of the wider community. KQED’s The California Report broadcast a story looking at this recent trend and why it is gaining in popularity. Click here or below to listen to the report.

Inspiration & Ideas in Long Beach

Hundreds Gather in Long Beach to Network, Learn, and Be Inspired

Welcome Reception in Long BeachNearly 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!

Review workshop handouts | See photos | Download the program booklet

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.”

Exhibitors at the 2013 Vision & Voice for Healthy StudentsDuring 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.

Thank You to Our 2013 Conference Sponsors

Blue Shield of California Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
The California Endowment
The California Wellness Foundation
The California HealthCare Foundation
Cedars-Sinai C.O.A.C.H. for Kids
Centene Corporation
Health Net
Los Angeles County Education Foundation (LACEF)
The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health
Paradigm HealthCare Services

Superintendents Urge Funding for SBHCs

CongressListen to Serena Clayton on KCBS: Report 1 | Report 2. Read the California Healthline report.

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).

Read the letterSee the list of California’s superintendents who signed the letter. Read NASBHC’s press release. Read an editorial in support of SBHCs from the SFUSD Superintendent.

“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.

OR

 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.

OR

 120 school-based outreach and enrollment specialists could help over 100,000 students and family members sign up for insurance.

OR

 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.


California’s signatories to the letter include:

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

SBHC Grants in the News

SBHC Grants in the NewsIn December 2012, 31 school-based health centers (SBHCs) across California received $14.34 million in federal grants in an effort to improve access to primary, mental, and oral health care for school-aged children. The funding, part of the Affordable Care Act, is the final round of more than $30 million in total funding for California’s SBHCs.

Below is a roundup of media coverage of these grants from communities across the state. Read our full story — including a press release and list of recipient SBHCs.

Bell Gardens Sun

Bell Gardens High School Receives Grant For Health Center

California Healthline

School-Based Wellness Centers Making the Grade in Los Angeles

HealthyCal.org

Broader Support Needed to Boost Kids’ Health

KQED’s The California Report – State of Health

School Health Centers Get Final Health Reform Grants

The Alamedan

Encinal High health center gets a federally funded boost

Reporting on Health

School-based health centers gain funding, support in California

North Bay Business Journal

Petaluma Health Center gets $500,000 for two school-based centers

North County Times

San Diego health facilities get $1.4M boost

Oakland Tribune

$2.4 million in health grants go to East Bay students

Press Democrat

Petaluma, Santa Rosa health clinics get $1 million federal funding boost for schools

Register-Pajaronian

Salud Para La Gente receives $500k grant

San Luis Obispo Tribune

Nipomo nonprofit to use federal funds to help low-income students

Santa Maria Times

New medical center will serve two schools

SouthGate-Lynwood Patch

Lynwood Unified to Use Federal Grant for New Health Center

The Business Journal

Kerman on-campus health center gets boost
Earlimart School District to get health center

The Sacramento Bee

Grants to provide new health center for Hiram Johnson, mobile clinic for San Juan Unified schools

Visalia Times-Delta

Tulare school-based health centers awarded more than $900K in federal grants

New L.A. SBHC for Special Needs Kids

South Los Angeles children with autism will soon have a school-based health center in their community to meet their special developmental needs. The Los Angeles County Education Foundation‘s $250,000 Stay Well Learn Well® School Health Center grant to Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN) will support child developmental assessment programs at a $2.2 million Autism Medical and Developmental Clinic on the campus of Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital in Willowbrook.

SNN has teamed with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center. The clinic will become the medical home for 500 children with learning, behavioral, emotional, developmental and mental health issues.

Learn more about the initiative on LACEF’s website.

Watch a video about the initiative:

 

CA SBHCs Awarded $30 Million

California school-based health centers (SBHCs) have received 70 grants totaling more than $30 million – the most of any state – since 2011 in an effort to improve access to primary, mental, and oral health care for school-aged children.

Nationally, more than $200 million in grants have been awarded to 520 SBHCs as part of the Affordable Care Act. The grants mark the first federal investment directed solely to SBHCs and are being used to establish new sites or upgrade existing facilities. See details for each round of funding in California:

Below is the total list of grant recipients from the three rounds of funding in 2011 and 2012:

Grant Recipient City Grant Amount
Alameda Family Services Alameda $412,200
Castle Family Health Centers Inc. Atwater $500,000
Clinica Sierra Vista Bakersfield $360,000
Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles Bell Gardens $500,000
Lifelong Medical Care, Inc. Berkeley $500,000
Borrego Community Health Foundation Borrego Springs $497,600
Borrego Community Health Foundation Borrego Springs $499,000
Clovis Unified School District Clovis $500,000
Altamed Health Services Corporation Commerce $428,346
El Monte City School District El Monte $114,517
Fresno Unified School District Fresno $277,407
Fresno County Office Of Education Fresno $449,072
Children’s Clinic Serving Children and their Families Long Beach $500,000
Children’s Clinic Serving Children & Their Families Long Beach $485,000
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Inc. Los Angeles $500,000
Los Angeles Unified School District Los Angeles $300,000
JWCH Institute, Inc. Los Angeles $486,720
Asian Pacific Health Care Venture Los Angeles $494,300
The Los Angeles Free Clinic Los Angeles $254,465
University Muslim Medical Association Community Clinic Los Angeles $106,950
T.H.E. Clinic Inc. Los Angeles $415,393
Central City Community Health Center Inc. Los Angeles $500,000
Los Angeles Unified School District Los Angeles $489,888
Watts Healthcare Corporation Los Angeles $499,999
St. Johns Well Child & Family Center Los Angeles $500,000
Konocti Unified School District Lower Lake $444,200
County of Contra Costa Martinez $500,000
Contra Costa County Health Services Department Martinez $498,524
Golden Valley Health Center Merced $500,000
Operation Samahan Inc. National City $493,885
Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Inc. Nipomo $500,000
Community Health Centers/Central Coasts Nipomo $500,000
Mission City Community Network, Inc. North Hills $500,000
Mission City Community Network Inc. North Hills $500,000
Valley Community Clinic North Hollywood $261,436
Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland $500,000
Fred Finch Children’s Home, Inc. Oakland $500,000
Oakland Unified School District Oakland $423,098
Native American Health Center Inc. Oakland $24,736
Kids Come First Ontario $500,000
United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley Parlier $425,585
Petaluma Health Center, Inc. Petaluma $500,000
Kings Canyon Unified School District Reedley $500,000
Rowland Unified School District Rowland Heights $500,000
Effort, Inc. Sacramento $500,000
La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc. San Diego $426,525
Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc. San Diego $500,000
Family Health Centers Of San Diego Inc. San Diego $500,000
La Maestra Family Clinic San Diego $406,733
Northeast Valley Health Corporation San Fernando $371,631
Valley Health Team Inc. San Joaquin $500,000
San Jose Foothills Family Community Clinic San Jose $277,800
San Leandro Unified School District San Leandro $500,000
Alameda County Health Care Services Agency San Leandro $399,260
Centro De Salud De La Comunidad San Ysidro San Ysidro $485,861
Health Mobile Santa Clara $500,000
Health Mobile Santa Clara $500,000
Southwest Community Health Center Santa Rosa $458,807
Southwest Community Health Center Santa Rosa $500,000
Stockton Unified School District Stockton $56,436
Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation Torrance $413,489
Tulare Community Health Clinic Tulare $481,000
Tulare Local Health Care District Tulare $500,000
Tulare Community Health Clinic Tulare $412,000
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center Inc. Union City $285,365
Salud para la Gente Watsonville $500,000
Salud Para La Gente Inc. Watsonville $500,000
East Valley Community Health Center, Inc. West Covina $500,000
East Valley Community Health Center West Covina $65,543
MMC for Children and Families West Sacramento $376,774
 TOTAL: $30,059,545

$14 Million for SBHCs

California's SBHCs make health care accessible for students.

Kings Canyon Unified School District officials and community members break ground on a new SBHC.

A total of $14.34 million in federal funding was awarded to 31 school-based health centers (SBHCs) across California on December 19. Made available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and announced by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the funds are the third and final round of more than $189 million in grants that have been awarded to 520 SBHCs nationally since 2011. There are 200 SBHCs in California serving more than 205,000 children, with at least 40 centers in the works.

Download our press release on the grants.

In California, 70 SBHC grants totaling more than $30 million have been awarded since 2011 – the most of any state – in an effort to improve access to primary, mental, and oral health care for school-aged children. The three rounds of funding mark the first federal investment directed solely to SBHCs, with grants being used to establish new sites or upgrade existing facilities. Data show that SBHCs help decrease absenteeism, reduce unnecessary and costly emergency room visits, and ensure quality and cost-effective care for children and adolescents.

“School-based health centers are redefining the way we think about health care for kids and teens,” said Serena Clayton, Executive Director of the California School Health Centers Association (CSHC). “Health means getting kids preventive care, keeping them in school, and keeping them out of emergency rooms, jails, and unemployment lines. These grants take a bold step forward in reaching more kids. We hope the government will follow through with additional funding for staffing to make these clinics sustainable investments.”

Congress has yet to make available $50 million in operations funding nationally that would go to help staff SBHCs with nursing practitioners, mental health providers, administrators, and more. CSHC is working with the National Assembly of School-Based Health Centers (NASBHC) to urge inclusion of these funds in the President’s forthcoming budget.

SBHCs provide the same high-quality primary health care available in doctors’ offices or clinics. In addition, because of their location on a school campus, SBHCs are able to offer expanded preventive services such as health education, nutrition and physical activity, violence and bullying prevention, and leadership opportunities for youth to build career skills. At least 70% of students served by California’s SBHCs receive free and reduced price school meals.

Grants were awarded to the following California SBHCs:

Clinic City

Amount

Alameda Family Services Alameda

$412,200

Clinica Sierra Vista Bakersfield

$360,000

Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles Bell Gardens

$500,000

Lifelong Medical Care, Inc. Berkeley

$500,000

Borrego Community Health Foundation Borrego Springs

$497,600

Altamed Health Services Corporation Commerce

$428,346

Fresno Unified School District Fresno

$277,407

Children’s Clinic Serving Children and their Families Long Beach

$500,000

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Inc. Los Angeles

$500,000

Los Angeles Unified School District Los Angeles

$300,000

JWCH Institute, Inc. Los Angeles

$486,720

County of Contra Costa Martinez

$500,000

Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Inc. Nipomo

$500,000

Mission City Community Network, Inc. North Hills

$500,000

Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland

$500,000

Fred Finch Children’s Home, Inc. Oakland

$500,000

United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley Parlier

$425,585

Petaluma Health Center, Inc. Petaluma

$500,000

Rowland Unified School District Rowland Heights

$500,000

Effort, Inc. Sacramento

$500,000

La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc. San Diego

$426,525

Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc. San Diego

$500,000

San Leandro Unified School District San Leandro

$500,000

Health Mobile Santa Clara

$500,000

Southwest Community Health Center Santa Rosa

$458,807

Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation Torrance

$413,489

Tulare Community Health Clinic Tulare

$481,000

Tulare Local Health Care District Tulare

$500,000

Salud para la Gente Watsonville

$500,000

East Valley Community Health Center, Inc. West Covina

$500,000

MMC for Children and Families West Sacramento

$376,774

TOTAL AMOUNT OF FUNDING                $14,344,453

SBHCs: A Growing Trend

Community members open an SBHC in Stanislaus County.

We are excited to report that there are now 200 school-based health centers (SBHCs) in California, up from 183 just one year ago. As a result of this growth 13,500 more children now have access to health care at school! With another 45 sites in the works, we expect to see these numbers continue to grow. This growth is a credit to school districts, health care providers and other school health advocates who know that supporting healthy children is a smart investment. There is still much more to do, but we celebrate this significant milestone.

New SBHC for La Puente Community

Calif. Sen. Dr. Ed Hernandez

California State Sen. Dr. Ed Hernandez delivers opening remarks at the new Villacorta School-Based Clinic in La Puente.

La Puente welcomed a new school-based health center at Villacorta Elementary in mid-November that will also serve the wider community after school hours and on Saturdays.

Students, the community, and state leaders — including Sen. Dr. Ed Hernandez — attended the opening ceremony for the clinic, which is operated by East Valley Community Health Center. Villacorta Elementary school was chosen for the site of the new clinic because it allows many families to access affordable care without having to travel long distances.

Services include physicals, immunizations, family practice care, and specialized treatment for asthma, diabetes, and hypertension. Beginning next year, patients will also be able to access prenatal and gynecological care. Read full coverage of the opening from the Pasadena Star-News. view photos of the health center opening gala on our Facebook page. Be sure to “Like” our page at www.facebook.com/schoolhealthcenters!

Oakland Opens New SBHC

Community members, including Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, celebrate the opening of the West Oakland Middle School Health Center.

Oakland leaders and the wider community were on hand in early November to celebrate the opening ceremony of their newest school-based health center.

The West Oakland Middle School Health and Family Resource Center features a state-of-the-art health clinic, a computer lab, community meeting space, and a garden where students grow fresh produce. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was among dignitaries who attended the opening of the facility, which also includes a comprehensive dental exam clinic. School board officials and community members were given a tour of the center by student peer educators.

You can view photos of the health center opening gala on our Facebook page. Be sure to “Like” our page at www.facebook.com/schoolhealthcenters!