eNews – April 2012

Inside this Issue

It is a pivotal time for school health centers, and there is a lot of California school health news to share. A few highlights:

CSHC NewsYouth In ActionPolicy Updates:CaliforniaNational NewsCalifornia News
Funding OpportunitiesTools & ResourcesWorkshops & Conferences

SBHC Census

Get Counted!
Our numbers do make a difference! Please complete the NASBHC census. SBHC data taken from the previous NASBHC census were critical as we pressed Congress and the President to approve SBHC funding in health care reform.

  • Without data, all we can say is: “Some SBHCs provide medical services, others provide mental health services and others provide dental health.”
  • With census data, we can say with confidence: “In California, 85% of SBHCs provide medical services, 59% provide mental health services and 14% provide dental treatment.”

Please complete the census at www.nasbhc.org by April 16th. Congratulations to San Jose High School Neighborhood Clinic for winning $200 by completing the school-based health center census before the deadline. The clinic’s name was randomly drawn from a list of 68 SBHCs that had completed the census by April 6. CSHC sponsored the raffle and is awarding the clinic a $200 gift card.


Jan Kern will be honored at May 17th fundraiser

Join Us for Wellness Works – CSHC’s First Ever LA Fundraising Event
Set for May 17 at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Los Angeles, this festive evening will feature wine and food pairings inspired by local chefs, a silent auction, live music and a benefit art exhibition featuring one-of-a-kind pieces commissioned especially for this event.  The art is being created from reclaimed materials gathered by the artists at the  future site of Hollywood High’s school health center.  These works, which will be available for purchase at the event, are symbolic of how students’ lives can be transformed when they have access to healthcare. Jan Kern, long-time champion for the health and wellness of the children of Los Angeles, will be honored  at this event. Proceeds will benefit CSHC as well as the Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health and ART from the ashes. See our Wellness Works webpage for information about tickets, tribute ads and event sponsorships.

Conference participants enjoyed plenty of networking opportunities

Statewide Conference Motivates Hundreds
More than 400 people participated in our sold-out statewide conference last month. (See Workshop handouts, recap, photos, video for more information about the event.)  A sampling of the great feedback we received:

  • “Break out sessions were superb. The plenary was very encouraging.”
  • “The lunch time table talks provided great, in- depth conversation and advice, as well as introductions.”
  • “This was a wonderful opportunity to learn and be inspired by so many good people and so much good work.”

On Day 2, School Health Day at the Capitol, our message reached all 120 legislative offices.  School health advocates met with staff or legislators from 49 districts and talked about the connections between health and learning, the value of school health services, and specific actions legislators can take to support this work.  In between visits, our dedicated advocates dropped off packets with the rest of the legislative offices.

CSHC Youth Board and Y2Y participants at the youth conference in Sacramento.

First Statewide Youth-to-Youth (Y2Y) Conference
The first statewide Y2Y Conference in Sacramento was held in conjunction with our statewide conference. The Y2Y Conference hosted 31 students from nine high schools across the state that are part of CSHC’s Y2Y Program. Our Y2Y sites shared their current youth-led research projects on topics such as teen pregnancy, school safety, mental health services, and SBHC usage. The youth also participated in School Health Day at the Capitol, and many made their first legislative visits ever.

Policy Updates: California

Comment on Proposed Epilepsy Medication Regulations
Newly enacted legislation allows school districts to train non-medical school employees to administer emergency medical assistance (diastat medication) to pupils with epilepsy. The State Board of Education is required to adopt regulations for this program. This is an important issue to many school health providers, and your expertise and input can improve the regulations. The public comment period runs through May 7th, and a public hearing will be held on May 7th at 1:30pm at the California Department of Education (CDE). To learn more and/or comment on the proposed regulations, visit the CDE website and click on “Notice of Proposed Regulation and Comment Period.”

Proposed Transition of Children from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal
Governor Brown has proposed transitioning all children on the Healthy Families Program to Medi-Cal over a 9-month period beginning in October 2012. CSHC has not yet taken a position on this proposed change but sought members’ input through a survey sent in late March. We are currently assessing how the transition would affect benefits and access for children, as well as the impact on SBHCs. We encourage you to look at the analysis conducted by the Legislative Analyst’s Office and the position statement of a number of children’s groups. If you would like to weigh in, please contact Joanie Rothstein.

Taking a Stand on State Legislation
CSHC has taken a supportive position on a number of bills during this legislative session that relate to school discipline, school meals, pesticide use, school nursing, dental care and immunizations. Visit our Legislative Positions webpage to learn more.

National School Health News

How Will Challenges to Health Care Reform Impact SBHCs?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has faced a number of legal challenges since it was enacted in 2010. On March 26 -28, oral arguments were brought before the  United State’s Supreme Court.  A decision is scheduled for June. The main issues being considered by the Court are: whether the mandate requiring health care coverage for individuals is Constitutional; whether other parts of the law could stand even if the individual mandate were struck down; and whether the  expansion of the Medicaid program to individuals should be allowed.

Health care reform has created an environment of opportunity for SBHCs,  and many of the gains would remain even if the law were struck down. More than half of the construction and equipment funds for SBHCs has already gone out, and we believe that the remainder will be distributed regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision. Members of the California Exchange Board are already discussing how California could proceed with health care reform even if the federal mandate is struck down.

We have been very involved in discussions about the creation of the Health Benefit Exchange and have shared information about the benefits of SBHCs with many state leaders.  We will continue to advocate with the Exchange Board for the designation of SBHCs as essential community providers, as well as for a strong set of children’s health care quality measures. We may be calling on you for your support in making our case, as your voices are critical in reaching and compelling Board Members!

California School Health News

What a Difference Two Years and $16 Million Make
On the 2nd anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, SBHCs have much to celebrate. California’s SBHCs have received $16 million in federal funding from health care reform for equipment and renovations, and they have put that funding to immediate use. Some examples are:

  • New mobile dental unit for the Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Inc.
  • New mobile medical van for Central City Community Health Center in Southern California
  • New electronic health records system for UMMA Community Clinic’s new SBHC at Fremont High in South Los Angeles.
  • More space for the TechniClinic at Oakland Technical High. Their expansion will double the size of the clinic (adding 960 square feet!), and provide new space for mental health services and health education.

The bottom line: students and families across California have more access to preventative care, allowing them to be healthy and focus on school.

School-Based Health Centers Promote Nutrition and Activity
SBHCs can play a key role in school-wide wellness efforts. With funding from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, five Oakland schools identified “Wellness Champions,” many of whom are SBHC staff and are now working to increase healthy eating and physical activity on campus. To learn more about these schools’ approaches and successes, see case studies focused on school wellness councilshealthy eating, and youth leadership.

Funding Opportunities

HRSA Capital Grant Preparation
In July and December, 2011 the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $16 million to SBHCs in California for equipment, renovation, and construction projects through the SBHC Capital grant. The grant was made possible under the Affordable Care Act, and the funding has helped grow and strengthen the field in ways we could not have imagined. HRSA expects to release the second wave of SBHC Capital grants in late spring 2012. Although the funding opportunity has yet to be announced, there is still a lot of work you can do now to prepare for it. Convene your SBHC start-up or expansion planning committee, and begin taking these action steps! Let us know if we can help you prepare. Please contact, Samantha Blackburn.

AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative
AT&T is looking for programs that increase high school graduation rates and on-time promotion to the next grade. Grants range from $100,000-$300,000 for up to 24 months. Pre-qualification survey deadline is April 18, 2012.  See AT&T website for details.

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.

Tools & Resources

Updated HIPAA-FERPA Toolkit Now Available
CSHC worked with Rebecca Gudeman of the National Center for Youth Law to complete a comprehensive update to our toolkit: HIPAA or FERPA? A Primer on School Health Information Sharing in California. This is an essential resource guide on navigating the complex interactions of HIPAA and FERPA in school health programs, including SBHCs, school-based mental health programs, school nursing services, and other types of health services delivered on school campuses. This is the second edition of this guide, and has been updated to further clarify and provide additional examples. It is free to members, and available for a $35 donation to non-members, so get a copy today!

Kaiser Offering Free Community Action Kits
Kaiser Permanente is co-sponsoring an HBO documentary series on the nation’s obesity epidemic entitled The Weight of the Nation. The four HBO documentaries examine the health consequences of obesity and being overweight as well as science-based information on weight loss and weight maintenance. They also feature in-depth coverage of the causes of childhood obesity. Each of the films features case studies and interviews with leading experts, and individuals and families struggling with obesity. The four-part documentary series will be broadcast May 14 and 15, followed on May 16 by the three-part HBO Family series. As part of the initiative, 40,000 community action kits will be given away to community-based obesity-prevention organizations. The kits include the entire HBO video series, discussion guides in English and Spanish, and tips and supplemental materials for hosting community screenings. The kits are available on a first come first served basis. Request a kit. 

Dairy Council of California Offers One-Stop Shopping for FREE Nutrition Education
CSHC Corporate Partner, Dairy Council of California, has a number of free nutrition education booklets available through its website www.DairyCouncilofCA.org/HealthProfessionals/. For nearly a century, Dairy Council of California has served as the dairy industry’s contribution to community health, providing nutrition education resources to help improve eating habits. These materials are based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and consistent with USDA’s MyPlate. The resources promote nutrient-rich foods from all five food groups as primary dietary choices and stress the importance of physical activity in achieving optimal health. Materials target parents of young and school-aged children; pregnant women; adolescents and adults. The programs are self-instructional, available in English and Spanish, and free of charge in California. Titles include: Making Meals Matter for Your Young Child, Making Meals Matter for Your School-Age ChildPregnancy- A Special Time for Nutrition, Activity & Eating – Small Steps to a Healthier You, and Calcium Connection- Healthy Bodies One Generation to Another. Additional information is available at www.DairyCouncilofCA.org or by contacting arosales@dairycouncilofca.org.

Meningococcal Vaccine Booster Recommendation
The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendation for the use of meningococcal conjugate vaccine as a booster dose in 16-18 year olds.  For more information about these new recommendations, please see our meningococcal meningitis webpage.

Condom Access Project Launches New Web Resource for Teens
The Condom Access Project (CAP) is a new resource for adolescents designed to reduce the rate of STD transmission among California youth by increasing access to free condoms year round.  Teens can search for free condoms near them and, in select counties, order condoms by mail through an interactive website housed on CFHC’s teen website, TeenSource.org. CAP is a joint project between the California Family Health Council (CFHC) and the CA Department of Public Health’s STD Control Branch (STDCB).

Workshops & Conferences

Re-Visioning Case Management Webinar
Sponsor: Strategies
Date: April 18, 2012
Join Strategies as they explore how case management can be more than just service provision; it involves building relationships and encompassing a strength-based approach. Learn the steps to building a partnership with families and communities that create long lasting results. Participants will learn how to support families to discover and build on personal connections, discover ways to be more fully engaged in their communities and get tips for creating a learning organization. Presented by Judi Sherman, MA Ed. and Samantha Florey, M.A. Registration fee is $15.  Register now.

Sponsor: NASBHC
Date: April 19, 2012
Free NASBHC Webinar – HIPAA and FERPA in the School Setting
It’s a delicate balancing act for SBHCs when faced with federal rules protecting privacy of individuals’ health information and medical records (HIPAA) and the federal rules of student education records (FERPA). Learn how to protect students’ confidentiality and privacy while also providing quality health care in a school setting. The National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC) is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, April 19, 12 noon to 1:30 PDT. The panelist is Tia Campbell, MSN, RN, NCSN, School Health Specialist, VA Department of Education and Vice President, National Association of School Nurses. Register now or visit the NASBHC website for more details.

Health Information Technology Webinar
Sponsor: NASBHC
Date: April 26, 2012
Please visit the NASBHC website for more details.

Coalition for Community Schools
Date: May 9 -12, 2012
The 2012 National Forum will engage a broad audience of policymakers, administrators, and practitioners who want to learn how to put together school and community assets to support student success. This year’s theme, Scaling up School and Community Partnerships: The Community Schools Strategy reflects the Coalition’s new guide. CSHC will be presenting two workshops at this conference, on bringing school health services to community schools, and on building a community schools technical assistance network in your community. Register now for this exciting event.

NASBHC Convention: Albuquerque 2012
Date: June 24-27, 2012
The theme for this year’s NASBHC conference is “New Directions for School-Based Health Care: Hot Topics for Our Future.” The plenary speaker Dr. James H. Johnson Jr., Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center at Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, will open the event with an in-depth look at population, health care innovation, and social trends that will reshape  our community for future generations. Workshops will explore how to use digital storytelling as a therapeutic tool for youth, how to develop a financially sustainable SBHC, or how SBHCs will factor in new provisions in the Affordable Care Act.  See NASBHC website for details.