eNews – June 2012

Inside this Issue

CSHC NewsYouth In ActionPolicy Updates:CaliforniaNational NewsSpotlight on: Island High School
California NewsFunding OpportunitiesTools & ResourcesWorkshops & Conferences


2013 Conference Heads to So Cal
Our 2013 statewide conference, Vision & Voice for Healthy Students, will be held March 14-15, 2013 in scenic downtown Long Beach.  We will be offering optional half-day pre-conference workshops on Thursday, March 14 and the full conference on Friday, March 15.  Stay tuned for details.

Wellness Works Makes Splashy Debut

Guests enjoy art work at Wellness Works event. Photo by: Vince Gonzales

Thank you to everyone for making our inaugural Wellness Works event a big success! Guests were treated to delectable wine and food pairings followed by gourmet desserts. The night was filled with the award-winning sounds of the Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble and the Modern Gypsy Quartet.

All this fun and good cheer in the name of quality health care for students and families across California. None of it could have happened without the support of our sponsors, donors, attendees and cadre of volunteers. As the evening’s honoree Jan Kern told the crowd: “We have made great progress in bringing health care to students but we have much work still to do.” With your help and support, we will continue working to expand health services to children throughout California.There is still time to Donate to this year’s Wellness Works Campaign and support the three beneficiary organizations (CSHC, LA Trust for Children’s Health and ART from the ashes).

Join CSHC Now and Get Three Months of Membership Benefits Free
New members who join now will have their membership extended into the 2012/13 membership year which runs from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013. The sooner you join, the more free months of membership benefits you can enjoy.

Y2Y participants from Garfield High School in Los Angeles

Youth to Youth Program Wraps Up Year
Our Y2Y Affiliate Programs are in the final stages of their youth-led research projects. Read one team’s short summary detailing their processes, findings, and recommendations. During these final weeks, the Y2Y sites have been making presentations and sharing their recommendations with school wellness committees, faculty leadership, SBHC staff, mental health providers, and others.

Recommendations such as adding vision screening to SBHC services, providing comfortable seating in clinic waiting rooms, and re-branding “mental health” are just a few of the suggestions from Y2Y participants. CSHC will work with the Y2Y teams in the coming weeks to develop plans to help get student recommendations implemented by partner sites.

Policy Updates: California

Governor’s Budget Proposes More Cuts to Health Care
The Governor has released his May Budget Revision, an updated plan for the state’s 2012-2013 fiscal year. The new budget contains more cuts to health and social services than did his January proposal, including new co-pays for Medi-Cal recipients. The budget still includes a proposal to change the way FQHCs are reimbursed and a plan to switch all children on Healthy Families to Medi-Cal by the summer of 2013, both of which CSHC opposes. For a good overview of the revised budget see the following summaries from California HealthLine and The California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. To stay up to date on other policy issues affecting school health, please visit our Policy Updates page.

CSHC Advocates for Children with the California Health Benefit Exchange
Over the next few months, important decisions will be made about the California Health Benefit Exchange, through which millions of Californians will purchase subsidized insurance coverage starting in 2014. In collaboration with other statewide advocacy organizations, we have submitted recommendations on Exchange marketing, outreach, and enrollment. We want to maximize the role of schools and SBHCs in these efforts. We have also worked closely with Children Now and other partners to develop broader recommendations for ensuring a child/youth friendly Exchange. These include designating SBHCs as “essential community providers,” establishing pediatric quality measures, and taking advantage of the unique role of schools and SBHCs in connecting with hard-to-reach families. We will keep you updated as the Exchange policies take shape. For more information on our policy and advocacy activities, please visit our Policy web page.

National School Health News

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends HPV Vaccine for Boys
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and HPV prevalence is highest in sexually active adolescents and young adults. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently revised its guidelines to recommend that boys routinely receive the HPV vaccine. Vaccination of boys reduces the chance that they will pass the virus on to girls and also helps protect boys against certain types of cancer. Boys ages 11 to 12 should receive a three-dose series of HPV4 as a part of their regular vaccination schedule. See the full recommendation on the AAP website. Please visit our News web page for more information on national news topics.

Race to the Top District Competition – Opportunities for School Health
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the draft guidance for its upcoming Race to the Top district competition, which includes a priority for “cradle-to-career results, resource alignment, and integrated services.”  The Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA has put together this resource, which explains how the program can be used to bolster student support services, including school health services. The official RFP will be released later this summer. Watch our website for details. Please visit our News web page for more information on national news topics.

California School Health News

Spotlight on: Alameda Family Services’ Island High School Health Center
School-based health centers (SBHCs) are finding innovative ways to assess, treat and prevent any number of health problems affecting children and adolescents. More and more SBHCs are now coping with adolescent relationship abuse (ARA) and finding ways to help teens and pre-teens learn how to protect themselves and develop healthy relationships. Read more.

Staff at East Valley’s newly expanded Villacorta clinic. (Photo by Gina Ward)

New SBHC Opens in Southern California
The East Valley Community Health Center, a West Covina-based nonprofit medical group, has opened a new school-based health center at Villacorta Elementary School in Valinda. The 2,160-square foot facility will be open three days a week initially and will serve children and youth in the Rowland Unified School District. The clinic is funded primarily by a grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Read more.

New SBHC Opens in San Jose
The Foothill Community Health Center in San Jose recently opened its latest school-based health center at Mt. Pleasant High School. The center offers medical, mental health, reproductive health services. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a .m. – 5 p.m. and services are available to the community. Foothill was able to open the new SBHC in part with $778,000 in federal funding, including $277,000 in funds from health care reform. This is Foothill’s third SBHC to open this school year and a fourth is scheduled to open soon at Chaboya Middle School. Read more. Visit our News web page to stay up to date on SBHC news and openings.

Health Net Foundation Awards $175,000 for School-based Oral Health Programs
The Health Net Foundation, a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc., has awarded $175,000 in grants to 12 California school-based health centers and community medical clinics to further their efforts in helping prevent childhood and adult dental problems. Read more. For more information on SBHC funding opportunities, please visit our Grants web pages.

Funding Opportunities

$75 Million Now Available for School Health Centers
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has announced another round of construction and equipment grants for school-based health centers: $75 million to be awarded to approximately 150 applicants, with a maximum award of $500,000. SBHCs’ sponsoring health care providers and local education agencies (school districts) are eligible to apply. Previous SBHC Capital Grant awardees may apply again, but must apply for a different SBHC project. The grants.gov part of the application is due on June 26; the EHB component including the narrative and supporting documents is due on July 24. Awards are expected in December 2012. See our HRSA grant webpage with more details and links. CSHC members are eligible to receive grant application assistance. Please contact our Technical Assistance Director, Samantha Blackburn.

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

Recommendations for Sustaining School-Based Health Centers
Struggling to sustain your school-based health center? Planning a new SBHC that you want to be sure will succeed? Please see CSHC’s new resource, Recommendations for Sustaining School-Based Health Centers. The guide includes recommendations based on lessons learned from SBHCs about what works to cultivate and sustain a well-utilized, high-quality SBHC. This guide is a complement to our Third Party Billing Manual which focuses on school-based health care reimbursement sources.

Sample Health Plan-SBHC Contract Now Available
One of the primary obstacles to growing the number of school-based health centers in the state is a lack of sustainable funding. SBHCs often provide services to insured children, but if the SBHC is not the designated primary care provider (PCP), it may not get reimbursed by the child’s health plan. Several health plans in the state have developed agreements to pay SBHCs for certain services, such as well-child visits, sports physicals and immunizations. In fact, state Medi-Cal contracts require health plans to work with schools to ensure the delivery of CHDP services. CSHC has begun working to secure more health plan contracts to reimburse SBHCs regardless of whether they are the child’s assigned PCP.  We have finalized a sample Health Plan-SBHC contract which is available to both health plans and SBHCs interested in setting up contractual relationships for the provision of specific services. For more information, please contact Joanie Rothstein.

NEW: Electronic Health Records Resources
Need to know more about electronic health records (EHRs)? Confused by “meaningful use”? Want to find out what are the special considerations and configurations that should be considered in an EHR for SBHCs? These and many more questions can be answered on CSHC’s new Electronic Health Records web pages.  Explore our tips on how to plan, select and implement EHRs, as well as find more information on health information technology resources.

Special Offers for SBHCs
Check out special offers for school-based health programs from our corporate partners. New offers are added periodically, so be sure to check back for updated information.

For more on resources for SBHCs, please visit our Toolkits and Services web page.

Workshops & Conferences

Minor Consent & Confidentiality
Date: June 21 (Visalia), June 22 (Merced), September 11 (Oakland)
The California Adolescent Health Collaborative is sponsoring two trainings in the Central Valley. These workshops will review practice standards and guidelines, policy issues, and other information on minor consent/confidentiality, including an overview of FERPA and HIPAA. Case scenarios for a variety of youth-serving settings will be presented for discussion and questions. Participants will receive the Adolescent Health Working Group’s Understanding Confidentiality & Minor Consent in California: An Adolescent Provider Toolkit. Workshop cost is$25.00. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register, visit the CAHC website.

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.

View All Training Events