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Health Care Reform for Kids | School Success Express | Dr. Rishi Manchanda at Conference | Study Links SBHCs, Achievement | New SBHCs | Resources for Your SBHC | Take Action | Help L.A. Students Beat the Odds
You Can Make Health Care Reform Work for Kids
We are connecting families to affordable health care so kids can be ready to succeed — from our Covered California outreach across the state to our Peer Health Insurance Rights Education (PHIRE) program for youth in the Bay Area.
We have also joined the California Department of Education and children’s advocates to launch the All In Campaign so schools have the tools to connect kids and families with health insurance coverage. Link to the resources in the online toolkit and share them with schools.
You can also help us by spreading PHIRE beyond the Bay. The Oregon School-Based Health Network has started using our PHIRE curriculum to train youth about the benefits of health insurance and how to educate peers and community members about coverage. Are you interested in using this curriculum or do you know of a school that might want to start a program? Email Cynthia León.
The California Endowment is conducting a School Success Express bus tour for communities to discuss how California’s historic new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) can improve schools. LCFF increases funding for students with the greatest needs, redefines school success, and expands local control over spending.
These events are great opportunities for school-based health centers to explain how they help schools boost attendance, improve the school learning environment, reduce dropouts, and support academic achievement. Attend a Children Now webinar to learn more about LCFF.
Upstream Doctors Author to Keynote 2014 Conference
Get ready to be inspired at our conference March 7 by Dr. Rishi Manchanda — the author of The Upstream Doctors — and a leading proponent for improving the social and environmental conditions that impact kids’ health. Online registration for Advancing School Health in a Time of Reform opens soon.
Our conference brings together hundreds of health care providers, educators, and children’s health advocates from around the state. Interested in engaging further with our attendees? See the benefits. Become a sponsor or exhibitor.
Study Links SBHCs with Student Success — Share the News!
A new study published in the October 2013 Journal of Adolescent Health details the relationship between use of school-based health centers (SBHCs) in San Francisco and student success. Read more about the study and share the findings when you talk about the links between SBHCs and improved student achievement.
Welcome to California’s Newest SBHCs!
Kids across the state are getting increased access to quality health care with the opening of several new school-based health centers in the past month:
- Kerman Unified School District’s Community Health Center in Fresno County (in partnership with Valley Health Team).
- Sierra Vista Children’s Clinic in Fresno County.
- San Antonio High School Clinic in Sonoma County (in partnership with Petaluma Health Center).
- De Anza High School Health Center in Costa Contra County, which has reopened in a new dedicated space as part of a school reconstruction.
See photos of these new health centers and more on our Facebook page!
Resources for Your School Health Programs
Check out these resources to help you reach and improve care for youth:
- California Family Health Council’s Hookup text messaging servicehelps teens find clinics that offer reproductive and sexual health services. The Condom Access Project helps youth get free condoms. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for free posters, cards, and stickers in English and Spanish.
- Watch our webinar and read our report on offering and improvingadolescent-friendly services at your health clinic.
- Sign up for the national School-Based Health Alliance’s upcoming webinars on PCMH, the ICD-10 transition, and EHR adoption.
- Join a webinar to learn more about starting and running a school-based telemedicine program.
Take Action to Keep Federal Funding for Community Clinics
Community health centers are a critical component of California’s growing school-based health movement. They are key partners in improving kids’ health and academic success by bringing health services to schools. Join us in urging Congress and the White House to continue health center funding.
Know Any Outstanding L.A. Sophomores? They Could Win $10K
The Children’s Defense Fund is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat the Odds® Scholarship program! The CDF Beat the Odds Scholarship program will honor ten outstanding high school sophomores in Los Angeles who have overcome adversity to excel in school and as leaders in their communities. Click here for more info.