eNews – November 2011

Dear Members and Friends,

Congratulations!  Because of your efforts, the number of school-based health centers (SBHCs) in California is growing despite the challenging economic times.  As of July 2011, our official count was 183—with more on the way. One of the best ways to build on this success is to connect with other school health stakeholders at our annual conference. Registration is now open for our March 2012 statewide conference which we are presenting in partnership with The California Department of Education, The California School Nurses Organization and several other leaders in the school health movement.

Conference highlights include: an opening plenary session featuring Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Dr. John Deasy; 17 workshops on timely school health topics; exhibits showcasing school health resources; lunch-time table talks; and on day two, visits with state legislators to share our vision for healthy and successful students. Read on to learn more about the conference and other school health news. See you in March!

Kristin Andersen
Associate Director


Save the Date! CSHC Statewide Conference Slated for March 2012
Join us for our statewide conference, Vision & Voice for Healthy Students, to be held at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza in Sacramento on March 12-13, 2012. Dr. John Deasy, LAUSD Superintendent, will be our plenary speaker. The two-day event will feature workshops on: youth-led research; starting and sustaining an SBHC; oral health; improving student attendance; school nurses and the SBHC partnership; mental health; health care reform; and much more. Activities will include exhibits, table talks and visits to state policymakers to make our voice heard for children, share success stories, educate and inspire. Registration now open.  Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities still available.

Time to Renew Your Membership or Join CSHC
Thank you to our new and renewing members!  With your help we are strengthening California’s school health movement.  Our 2011/12 membership year began September 1st. Join or renew today to take advantage of member resources, conference discounts and other benefits.

New Administrative Assistant Joins CSHC
Please join us in welcoming Melissa MacDonald as our new administrative assistant. She will be assisting with membership processing, database management, conference registrations, and general office tasks. Melissa has worked the past several years providing office support for local nonprofits. You can reach Melissa at 510-268-1039.

A New Look 
You might notice some changes to our website. We have moved platforms to make our site easier to navigate (site map and search box!), reorganized content so you can find what you need faster (drop-down menus!), and added a section on our work with youth (Youth in Action!). Click around our site and let us know what you think. Send comments to info@schoolhealthcenters.org.

Youth In Action

CSHC Presents at the Step Up Conference in San Diego

Denise at the 2011 Step Up High School conference

“We presented to a group of people that seemed very willing to learn more, especially about my experiences on the Student Advisory Board at the John Marshall High School Health Center.  It was nice to have them listen to what I had to say.” –Denise Dungao, 14, John Marshall High School Health Center

CSHC Program Manager Kat Gutierrez and John Marshall High School (Los Angeles) student Denise Dungao presented a workshop at the recent Step Up High School Afterschool conference in San Diego. Their workshop explored how strong after school programs have led to the growth and improvement of several SBHCs in California. Both Kat and Denise shared their expertise in youth engagement at SBHCs.

A Big Welcome for CSHC’s Y2Y Affiliate Programs!
CSHC is working with eight Y2Y Affiliate Programs to perform local youth-led research projects geared to supporting the sustainability of school health centers.  For updates from the Y2Y sites throughout the year, visit the Youth in Action webpage. You can also catch them at the CSHC conference in Sacramento this March!  This year’s affiliates include:

  • John F. Kennedy High School Center Youth Advisory Board (Richmond)
  • Oakland High School SHOP 55 Youth Wellness Council (Oakland)
  • Life Academy Seven Generations Health Center Peer Health Educators (Oakland)
  • James A. Garfield High School (East Los Angeles)
  • Washington Preparatory High School (South Los Angeles)
  • Cesar Chavez High School Health SLC (Stockton)
  • Tulare High School District Peer Educator Leadership Program (Tulare)
  • Riverbank High School Step by Step (Riverbank)

2011-2012 Youth Board

The Youth Board Enters its Fifth Year!
CSHC welcomes two new members to its Youth Board this year. The eight-member board is mentoring the Y2Y Affiliate Programs and assisting with our statewide conference in March.  The two new members are Toan Le and Krystal Betanzos. Toan is an alumnus of Oakland High School and a former intern with Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership. Krystal graduated from John Marshall High School in Los Angeles and is a former member of her SBHC’s Student Advisory Board. For more information on our members, visit the Youth Board page.

Policy Updates

California Legislation
CSHC sponsored two pieces of legislation this year: 
AJR 10: School-Based Health Centers, authored by Assemblymember Brownley, which passed the Legislature, and AB 760: The Healthy Start Communities Schools Act, which was unfortunately held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Several other bills supported by CSHC were signed into law by Governor Brown, including: AB 9, which requires enhanced anti-bullying efforts; AB 499, which allows minors to consent for preventive reproductive care; and AB 1296, which facilitates enrollment and renewal in health insurance. Click here for a list of bills that CSHC supported, with their current status.

California Budget: Trigger Cuts Looming
California’s 2011-2012 budget requires automatic trigger cuts if state revenues fall short of projections. As of the end of October, the Department of Finance estimates revenues to be $1.3 billion below projections. By December 15th, the state will determine whether to put the trigger cuts into effect for early 2012. There are two tiers of possible trigger cuts, totaling $2.5 billion.

  • If revenues fall short of budget estimates by more than $1 billion, a first tier trigger cut of $600 million will be implemented. These cuts will be wide ranging, but universities, in-home supportive services, developmental services, and the juvenile justice system will experience the biggest reductions.
  • If revenues fall short of budget estimates by more than $2 billion, a second tier trigger cut of $1.9 billion will be implemented. These cuts will affect community colleges and K-12 education, and will include a $1.54 billion cut to schools and a nearly $250 million cut to home-to-school transportation.

For more, see this article from the San Diego Union-Tribunethis recent update from California Healthline, or the Toolkit for Trigger Cuts from the Health and Human Services Network.

Health Insurance Exchange Regulations Expected in 2012 
Thank you to everyone who submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on its proposed regulations for health plans participating in the Health Insurance Exchanges. We are seeking to have school-based health centers designated as Essential Community Providers, as we believe that this designation would help make SBHCs an increasingly integrated and sustainable part of the safety net. The final rules are expected
to be released in early 2012.

In other health care reform news, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (aka health care reform). The Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments by March 2012 and to issue a final ruling by early next summer. For more, read this article from the New York Times.

California News

Spotlight on: Lennox Health Center
The 1.1-square mile community of Lennox, California lies directly under an LAX flight path and is bounded on all sides by freeways. It is one area of the LA basin that was ripe for a school-based health center. Consider that:

  • With a population of 25,000, 92% of the children qualify for free or reduced priced lunches.
  • The Lennox School District operates six elementary schools, one middle school, one charter high school.
  • Until recently, the district had one small health clinic that had originally been established as a Healthy Start clinic.
  • Due to funding cuts, the hours of operation had been cut repeatedly, and the clinic was only open one day a week.

Jenny Krusoe, a program and fund development consultant, saw an opportunity at Lennox. She was working with the school district, as well as with To Help Everyone (T.H.E.) Clinic and the Los Angeles County Education Foundation (LACEF), and saw a chance to bring partners together to rescue the Lennox Clinic. Read more.

School Health Center Briefing Brings Together Diverse Audience

What is a school health center? How do school health centers benefit student health and learning? What will it take to grow California’s school health center movement? These are just some of the questions that were addressed at a recent lunch briefing in Sacramento, hosted by CSHC and our partners in the Being Well Learning Well Coalition. The diverse audience included a bipartisan group of legislative staff, representatives from the California Department of Education, advocates working to bring health care to all California children, and many others. Two El Cerrito High School students spoke passionately about the impact of SBHCs on their educational experience, emphasizing the importance of mental health services and grief counseling at their SBHC. Other speakers included Jenn Rader, Executive Director of the James Morehouse Project at El Cerrito High School; Alex Briscoe, Director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency; and Serena Clayton, CSHC’s Executive Director. Attendees were impressed by the obvious benefits of SBHCs and grateful for the opportunity to learn more about how to fund and sustain these services.

New SBHCs in Oakland
Oakland is buzzing with SBHC activity. Havenscourt and Frick middle schools recently opened new SBHCs and Shop 55 Wellness Center at Oakland High moved into a brand new facility that includes a meeting space for student clubs and offices for career and college counselors. The Frick Health Center is operated by the East Bay Agency for Children, an Oakland-based organization that has provided behavioral health services on the Frick campus for many years. The Havenscourt Health Center is operated by La Clinica de La Raza, which also serves five other schools in Oakland. Shop 55, operated by the East Bay Asian Youth Center, has spent the past six years in the converted auto shop building on campus and the new facility is part of a school-wide renovation.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez Celebrates Central City Community Health Center
Central City Community Health Center will be hitting the road with its new mobile medical unit when it starts visiting three Orange County school districts early next year. Rep. Loretta Sanchez personally congratulated the health center for its work and presented a certificate of recognition to President and CEO, Dr. Gilbert Varela. The Congresswoman also recognized Gayle McLean of Santa Ana Unified School District for her long time vision of bringing health care services to students. The mobile van is being purchased with the help of one of the federal SBHC equipment grants awarded in July. Central City, a federally qualified health center, currently provides health services to the medically underserved and low-income populations at clinics in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The new mobile unit will provide medical and dental health services to approximately 30 campuses in three school districts: Anaheim, Magnolia and Santa Ana.

SBHCs Funded to Expand Oral Health Care
Hundreds if not thousands more students will be able to access oral health services thanks to a federal grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Five organizations in California were among the 12 nationwide to share in the $2.3 million in competitive oral health grants. The grants are designed to increase access to oral health care and to assure the delivery of quality oral health education and preventive and restorative services to children. The grants, announced in September, are funded through MCHB’s School-Based Comprehensive Oral Health Services grant program. The five California grantees are:

  • Center for Oral Health, for Murchison and Plasencia Elementary School-Based Health Centers (in partnership with Los Angeles USD)
  • Health Mobile, serving multiple schools in Newark USD (Alameda County)
  • Lemon Grove Elementary School District, for UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project (San Diego County)
  • Share Our Selves, for El Sol Family and Children Learning Center (Orange County)
  • Solano Coalition for Better Health, for Elsa Widenmann Student Health Center and Vallejo City USD Student Health Center (in partnership with Vallejo USD, in Solano County)

National News

Once again it is time for the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC) triennial nationwide census of school-based, linked, and mobile health care programs. The census effort is of critical importance to assessing the growth of the field, describing the diversity of the model, and advocating to national, state, and local policy makers. Make your voice count!  Please complete the NASBHC census today!

Funding Opportunities

21st Century Community Learning Centers
The California Department of Education has released the Request for Application (RFA) for its 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program.  21st CCLC funds after school programs in elementary, middle, and high schools. It can be used by SBHCs to support drug and violence prevention, counseling, character education, parent involvement initiatives, and more. Eligible applicants include school districts and other LEAs, community-based organizations, cities, and counties. Deadline: December 9, 2011. To learn more, please visit the California Department of Education website.

More Grant Information
Visit our Grants with Deadlines and Grants without Deadlinesweb pages to learn more about possible funding streams and leads on funding opportunities for school health services.

Tools & Resources

Attendance Works Newsletter
Attendance Works
, which advances student success by reducing chronic absence, recently published this newsletter, which focuses on the ways in which student health impact attendance and learning–and how school-based health centers can help.

Corporate Partner Offers
Please visit our offers from corporate partners webpage for current offers. Check back frequently to see the latest offers available to SBHCs. If you would like to become a corporate partner, please visit our Corporate Partnerships webpage.

Workshops & Conferences

California School Health Centers Association Conference: Vision and Voice for Healthy Students
Date: March 12-13, 2011
Location: Sacramento
Details: CSHC Conference website

Reproductive Life Planning Webinar
Date: December 8, 2011
Contact: Cardea Services
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that preconception care and reproductive life planning be incorporated into each medical visit for men and women of reproductive age. A Reproductive Life Plan (RLP) is a set of personal goals about having or not having children, with steps to achieve those goals. This webcast will discuss strategies to help clients think through an RLP.  Both clinical and counseling points will be covered, including example questions that can be asked during a visit. Suggested for clinicians, nurses, counselors and health educators.

Family Resource Center Core Training
Date: February 7-8, 2012
Location: San Francisco

Contact: Strategies
The Family Resource Center (FRC) Core Training is an interactive two-day training that provides the essential tools needed for FRC vitality. This team-centered, comprehensive training guides you through the steps of developing needed resources, implementing strategies, and discovering essential ways to measure and evaluate progress. Your team will learn to identify and implement tools and resources for operating quality family strengthening programs and delivering quality services to individuals and families, as well as participate in increased local and statewide networking and peer-to-peer interaction between participating FRCs.