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We hope you are easing into the Back-to-School routine! It has been a busy summer at the California School-Based Health Alliance as we focus on three new priorities to better help you improve children’s health and well-being:
- Expanding mental health services in schools: Students in need of behavioral health services have more difficulties in and outside of the classroom. We are ramping up our assistance in starting and strengthening mental health services. Is your school interested in expanding these services? Contact Mental Health Project Director Alicia Rozum for more information.
- Helping school-based health centers work closely with schools and improve services: The number of SBHCs in California has grown to 231 and we are committed to making sure all of them are increasing access to care, delivering stronger prevention programs, and providing greater individualized support to high-need students. Check out our principles for SBHCs, complete our checklist, and stay tuned for resources that can meet your needs.
- Advocating for health care financing of SBHC services: We are making the case for integrating SBHCs and their valuable services into California’s health care delivery and payment systems. You can join our efforts and stay tuned for updates.
The School-Based Health Alliance is conducting a nationwide survey of school-based health centers (SBHCs) so that our movement can communicate our important work to state and federal policymakers. We want to make sure every SBHC in California is counted so we can have a full picture of the great work you do. You can enter into a raffle for $150 if you take the survey before September 30. Do you oversee more than three sites? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get assistance completing your surveys.
A large body of evidence supports a connection between students’ health status and academic performance. We have partnered with University of California, San Francisco researchers to create a guide with strategies that school-based health center partners can use to document the links between their health care efforts and academic indicators. These strategies are presented in order from low-cost methods that are easy to implement to more costly, labor-intensive methods. Download the guide here.
Our Central Valley School Health Coalition continues to grow! School-based health care providers and advocates from across the region met in Fresno September 5 to share updates on policy and school mental health, and to get an overview of our new best practices checklist. We also had a chance to visit the brand new SBHC at Gaston Middle School and the year-old Kerman Unified SBHC at Kerman Elementary. You can see photos here. We are amazed at the growth and the great work happening in the Central Valley!
The next coalition meeting will be in Fresno on Friday, November 14, from 10-Noon. You can RSVP online here.
Please save the date for our statewide 2015 School Health Conference! You don’t want to miss learning, networking, and being inspired in San Diego’s beautiful beachside Mission Bay.
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April 30: Attend our popular pre-conference workshops.
May 1: Join us for a full day of keynote speakers, workshops, exhibits, and networking!
Do you have an idea for a workshop that you would like to propose? Please download and complete our RFP by Friday, October 31.
Members are entitled to discounted conference rates, and organizational memberships include up to 10 discounted registrations for your team. Join or renew now to take advantage of the best conference rates.
The All In Campaign has new back-to-school materials that you can download to help connect students and families to health coverage. You can download the materials here or fill out our request form if you are interested in receiving bookmarks to send home with students.
You can also take your support of health coverage to all to new heights by joining All In’s #Selfie4Health social media campaign. You can download and print the #Selfie4Health sign and tweet your photo by mentioning @AllInforHealth or you can email your photo to our former Youth Board member Becky Lee, who is now working with The Children’s Partnership on the All In Campaign. Please join us!
The School-Based Health Alliance is seeking applicants to participate in their Leadership Fellows Program! If you are early to mid-level in your career with a commitment to providing accessible and quality health care for children and teens, this is your opportunity! Ten emerging leaders will be selected from around the country to participate in this year long program. Click here to learn more. The application deadline is October 20, 2014.
We have several new offers from our partners, including information from CPCA, The California Endowment, and Blue Shield of California. Are you with an organization that could be a partner? Email Simon Helton for more information.
The National Association of State Boards of Education has recently released How Schools Work & How to Work with Schools – a guidebook for providers interested in working in schools.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has helpful resources for schools and mental health professionals working with immigrant youth. Their resource page for working with unaccompanied and immigrant minors includes a Refugee Services Toolkit, age-specific trauma fact sheets, and tips for communicating with the media.