Upcoming webinar: “COVID-19 and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: School-Based Strategies for Support” on December 14th, noon-1pm PST. Register here.
Before the pandemic, one out of thirty adolescents ages 13 to 17 experienced homelessness without a parent or guardian. These vulnerable youth face unique barriers to accessing school and health care, including COVID-19 vaccines and testing. While federal law protects homeless youths’ educational access and stability, state law determines the ability to consent to routine medical care and testing. With increasing numbers of school districts and states considering student vaccine mandates, it is critical to understand how to support youth who do not have parents or guardians who can consent to their vaccination and/or testing. This webinar will help the school-based health care field and their partners understand who these youth are, their educational rights, and how to support their health and safety during the pandemic.
The School-Based Health Alliance, in partnership with SchoolHouse Connection, invites you to join our discussion with a distinguished panel of experts concerning the experience of homeless youth and strategies to best offer them support during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Patricia Julianelle, JD, Senior Strategist for Program Advancement and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection
- Barbara Duffield, Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection
- Levi Bohanan, Special Assistant, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
We will be having our next SBHC Coffee Connections event at 9am this Friday, December 10. Please register here.
As a reminder, this school year we are hosting regular Coffee Connections events for Washington school-based health centers (SBHCs). This series provides an informal platform for you to connect with SBHC colleagues working across Washington state. Each session will have a guiding topic and some prompts for small group discussion. Mainly though these events will be a time for collective learning, sharing, and networking. We look forward to having you join us this Friday, December 10. Please feel free to invite your SBHC colleagues who may have missed the original invite.
Prompt for this Coffee Connection, meant simply to get the conversation started in small groups: While we’ve recently seen approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 and booster shots becoming more widely available for adults, new concerns have arisen about the Omicron variant. How are you personally living with / adapting to the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic?
The Washington State Department of Health is hosting a provider forum on Friday, November 12:
Help Unhoused Youth Get Vaccinated
Goal: Increase vaccine access for unaccompanied and houseless youth by addressing access barriers and sharing best practices
Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
Format: Panel presentations followed by Q&A
Audience: Youth/Houseless youth serving organizations, state agencies, local health jurisdictions and vaccine providers involved in ensuring equitable access to vaccine
Facilitator: Passia Abraham, Equity & Social Justice Strategist, Department of Health
- Community Partners: Building Changes & The Mockingbird Society (The Washington Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy – WACHYA)
- Vaccine Provider: Dr. James Wallace, Family Health Centers
- State Agencies:
- Attorney General’s Office: Eric Sonju
- Department of Health: Dr. Bob Lutz
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: Annie Hetzel
The Washington School-Based Health Alliance is pleased to host an upcoming webinar:
TOPIC: How can school-based health care support equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine for students and families?
TIME: Wednesday, November 10, 3-4pm
With the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, join us for a conversation about how school-based health care providers and staff can help support equitable access to the vaccine for children, youth and families.
Passia Abraham, Equity & Social Justice Strategist at the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), will begin the discussion with DOH’s pro-equity strategies to ensure equitable vaccine access for youth and families disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and ways to leverage partnerships with community-based organizations that are successfully engaging families in vaccine conversations.
Becky Reitzes, Program Manager for King County’s COVID-19 Speakers’ Bureau, will provide context for understanding vaccine hesitancy through a framework of historical and current trauma and social justice/injustices; approaches for talking with students and their families about their vaccine ambivalence, hesitancy and /or distrust; and practical strategies for engaging students to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence.
There will be time for conversation and Q&A, and additional resources will be provided. Please join us!
Cross-posted from the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network:
Are you a BIPOC school mental health provider? Do you have BIPOC colleagues working in school mental health? Please join the authors of Anchored in Our Roots, live on November 16, 2021, in an inclusive and safe space to learn about the realities of what BIPOC school mental health providers are experiencing today. We will touch base on the healing practices needed to maintain holistic balance and the beauty that comes from being reacquainted with our traditional ancestral healing practices.
For more information and to register for the November 16 event: https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/northwest-mhttc/anchored-our-roots-wellness-series-bipoc-school-mental-health-providers