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School-based Health Centers Are a Growing Trend in California
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.
Two New LAUSD School-based Health Centers Opening This Month
Seven years ago, Los Angeles Unified School District launched a new initiative to open 14 “Wellness Centers” for students. These Wellness Centers will provide students with a broad range of services to improve their health and well being. Half of the Wellness Centers will be existing SBHCs undergoing major construction and programmatic expansion to accommodate students, their families, and community members. The other half will be brand new clinics. Most of these centers will be opening this school year. Two grand openings are scheduled this month: Jefferson High School Wellness Center on October 18th at 11 am; and Carson High School Wellness Center on October 19 at 10 am. (Carson opening invite.)
Kids Come First Builds Community Support Through Annual Celebration
Want to enhance your school health center’s visibility in the community and promote its services? Trying to foster goodwill and build relationships with the school or community? One way to achieve these goals may be to organize an annual open house or SBHC celebration. At the Kids Come First Community Health Center, Executive Director Beverly Speak is doing just that. Their annual celebration honors families, partners and friends associated with the SBHC. We think this is a smart way to build a loyal following!
In Memory of Dr. Su Park
CSHC is extremely saddened by the loss of one of our colleagues, Dr. Su Park. Su was a licensed psychologist and clinical coordinator at Children’s Hospital Oakland, and she ran the SBHC at Castlemont HS in Oakland. Su has long been one of our “go-to people” on adolescent behavioral health, violence prevention, and trauma-informed services. Our work was enhanced by her expertise, and she provided outstanding feedback on several of our projects. Su was recently awarded the 2012 California Peace Prize for her remarkable work in preventing violence and promoting peace. Su’s passing is a tremendous loss to our field, but she has left a lasting contribution to our work and her community in Oakland.
CSHC Membership Offers Many Benefits
Our new membership year has begun. Join or renew now to take advantage of a full year of member benefits including access to Member Resources, discounts on CSHC training and conference registration, and up to 3 hours of technical assistance. Organizational members also receive priority access for re-granting opportunities, discounted technical assistance contract services, and the opportunity to advertise jobs and events in our bi-monthly Enews. Organizations can save $100 by purchasing a CSHC/NASBHC bundled membership.
Looking for a way to promote your product or service to school health stakeholders? Check out our new Partner For Opportunity membership level. Organizations joining at this level receive a variety of promotional opportunities including logo and listing on Offers from our Partners webpage and write up in a future edition of ENews. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this program.
CSHC Announces Plans to Host Two Y2Y Symposia This Spring
CSHC will be holding two regional youth gatherings in 2013 to provide high school SBHC youth leaders with the opportunity to learn what other Youth 2 Youth (Y2Y) programs are doing, receive training to build their leadership skills and network with other Y2Y youth. The Northern California Y2Y Symposium is scheduled for February 13, 2013 in Oakland. The Southern California Y2Y Symposium will take place in Los Angeles this spring. Space for both convenings is limited. SBHC youth leaders will be selected to participate through an application process. Details on how to apply for the symposia will be released to members soon. Transportation scholarships will also be available. For more information, please contact CSHC Program Manager Kat Gutierrez.
2013 Conference: Request for Proposals
Interested in presenting on a school health topic at our 2013 Vision & Voice for Healthy Students Conference in Long Beach? CSHC is opening up its conference programming this year by seeking proposals from the field. If you would like to share your expertise on a particular topic, showcase a successful program, or present an innovative strategy, this is your chance. Read more.
Save the dates: March 14 for optional pre-conference workshops and March 15, 2013 for the full day conference with plenary, workshops, exhibitors and lots of networking opportunities. Registration will open in December.
CSHC Staff Changes
Cynthia Leon has joined CSHC as the Youth Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. Cynthia is a UC Berkeley graduate with a passion for wellness promotion and extensive experience working with youth of all ages. She will be working primarily on developing and implementing a new CSHC program focused on preparing youth to be health insurance peer educators.
Marcel Reynolds has joined CSHC as the new Communications Associate. He has a wealth of experience in communications and has worked for several news organizations and nonprofits, most recently at the Women’s Funding Network in San Francisco. Marcel will be responsible for helping us grow the school health movement by expanding awareness and support for SBHCs. He will manage our social media, conference marketing, media relations and other communications efforts.
Sang Leng Trieu, our Program Manager in Los Angeles for the last five years, will be transitioning to the LA Trust for Children’s Health. This change reflects our decision to work collaboratively with the Trust in Southern California. Sang has done an amazing job of building support, forging new relationships, and providing leadership. We look forward to our continued association with Sang and expanding our affiliation with the LA Trust.
Dara Tom has left CSHC for a position with UC Berkeley. Dara joined CSHC in 2008 as our first communications director. She has been instrumental in just about every aspect of the new “look and feel” of CSHC in the last four years.
We wish her well.
Interested in Joining our Team?
CSHC is seeking a Director of Program Development to lead our statewide work providing assistance and training to SBHCs to enhance their sustainability and improve the scope and quality of their services. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced school health professional to help grow and strengthen California’s SBHCs. If you might be interested, or know someone you think would be good for the job please see the job description on our job listings webpage. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: email@example.com.
CSHC Featured on Great Nonprofits Website
CSHC is now on the Great Nonprofits website. Thank you to all those who have reviewed us to date and given us a 5-star rating. A sampling of some of the remarks we’ve received:
|“CSHC pays keen attention to children’s needs and identifies emerging opportunities to implement innovative solutions…”|
|“CSHC has made a great impact in our community; they are a great organization to adovcate for children…”|
|“CSHC provides expert technical support and advocates effectively…to support the growth of school health services.|
California Employees Invited to Donate to CSHC
State employees now have the option of supporting CSHC through the California State Employees Association’s Employees Charitable Campaign. Donations from this campaign will help us expand California’s school health movement so that more children can access much needed health care at school. If you are a state employee — or know someone who is — please look for us and donate. (Not a state employee? You can still donate quickly and securely online.)
CSHC Board Votes to Support Both Education Revenue Initiatives
CSHC’s Board of Directors has voted to endorse both education revenue initiatives that will appear on California’s November ballot. “California’s education system is already stretched too thin,” says Serena Clayton, CSHC’s Executive Director. “Supporting both propositions makes it more likely that some funding will get to schools, while choosing only one measure could result in both measures failing at the ballot. More money flowing into schools increases the likelihood that health and wellness programs will continue to meet the needs presented by students.” Proposition 30, Governor Brown’s initiative, would stop over $4.8 billion from being cut from K-12 education next year. Proposition 38, sponsored by Our Children Our Future, would raise new money specifically for K-12 education and help offset some of the $20 billion that has been cut since 2008. For more information see Educate Our State’s comparison chart and fact sheet on the importance of a yes/yes vote. The California Budget Project also has in-depth briefs on each initiative: What Would Proposition 30 Mean for California? and What would Proposition 38 Mean for California?
Right now, parents who do not want their children to be vaccinated can sign a “personal belief exemption.” Unfortunately, with more and more families choosing not to vaccinate, the risk of communicable disease outbreaks is growing. A new law, AB 2109, which goes into effect in 2014, will require parents to consult with a health care provider before being exempted from school entry immunization requirements. This requirement will create an opportunity for SBHCs to engage families in conversations about their health, as well as to provide on-campus vaccination clinics. CSHC will provide additional information on the implementation of the new law in the coming months. For now, see our Immunization webpage for additional information and resources.
Legislative Session Ends – Special Health Care Reform Session in December
The Legislature wrapped up its 2011-2012 session on September 30th. During the last few days of the session the Governor called for a special legislative session on health care reform implementation, to be convened in December. We will be watching this session closely and sharing information about SBHCs and their unique ability to reach and serve children and families.
CSHC had supported several bills this session because of their potential to help improve the health and well-being of our state’s children. See CSHC Legislative Positions to learn what happened to these bills.
NASBHC Seeking More SBHC Funding in President’s 2014 Budget
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided $200 million in construction and equipment funding for SBHCs, with one important limitation: these dollars could not be used for operations. However the ACA authorized a program for SBHC operations which has never been funded. This authorization expires after fiscal year 2014. Our national organization, NASBHC, has been working to get the money out the door by seeking to have it included in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget, which is the starting place for Congress as it determines the programs it will fund. To this end, NASBHC has met with the Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Center at the Department of Education, the Office of Health Reform in HHS, the Health Resources and Services Administrator, Dr. Mary Wakefield, and Dr. Michael Lu, Associate Administrator of Maternal and Child Health. We will keep you posted on the status of this effort.
Insurance Outreach and Education Grants–Application Coming Soon!
The California Health Benefit Exchange will soon award $40 million to fund health insurance outreach and education efforts across the state. SBHCs and schools are perfectly positioned to help build awareness and understanding of the new insurance options under health care reform. Applications will be available on November 16th at the Health Benefit Exchange website. (See a preview of this opportunity in this presentation laying out the draft guidelines.)
More Grant Information
Visit our Grants with Deadlines and Grants without Deadlines web pages to learn more about possible funding streams and leads on funding opportunities for school health services.
New! Webpages, Tools, and Resources on Integrating School Health Programs
School health services and SBHCs are most effective when they are well integrated into the school community. This integration serves as a foundation for close partnership with school personnel, so school health programs better support student attendance, positive climate, and academic success. CSHC now has guiding principles, assessments, and work planning tools to help school health providers better align their programs with those of the school communities they serve. These tools are for members only, and can be accessed through our Member Resources webpage. Not yet a member? Join now.
CSHC Adds New Health Care Reform Web Resources
Health care reform is poised to significantly reshape the health coverage and delivery systems in California. Along with these changes comes the opportunity to make even more effective use of SBHCs. While many aspects of federal health care reform have already gone into effect, there are others that are still in the works. California’s Health Benefit Exchange will go live on January 1, 2014, and with it an opportunity for many uninsured people to gain health care coverage. In preparation for this development, CSHC has created new web pages on health care reform, including information on health plans and the Exchange, opportunities for SBHCs to participate in outreach and enrollment, and more. Check them out!
What Schools Need to Know – Handbook for School Personnel
This NASBHC handbook came about after school principals requested written guidelines for working with their SBHCs. They were specifically interested in general information on SBHCs, school roles and responsibilities relative to the SBHC, and basic policies and procedures to help create and maintain strong school – SBHC partnerships. This handbook will encourage stronger collaboration between schools and SBHCs located in their schools. Read more.
Play On 2012 Symposium
Date: October 20, 2012
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Play On is an interactive symposium focused on harnessing the power of play to create bullying-free playgrounds and schools. Parents, teachers, youth workers and community advocates will learn useful techniques, tools, games and strategies they and their kids can immediately implement into their communities. For more information and registration details visit the Playworks website.
Los Angeles Coalition of School Health Centers
Sponsor: LA Trust for Children’s Health, CSHC
Date: November 14, 2012
Location: The California Endowment
The LA Coalition unites stakeholders in advocating for public policies that support SBHCs by building partnerships, fostering networking and sharing of resources, and serving as a channel of communication about school-based health care in Los Angeles County. The group meets quarterly. For more information, please contact Sang Leng Trieu, LA Trust Program Manager, at 213-440-3144. See the handouts and presentation slides from the May 2012 coalition meeting.
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