Kaiser Permanente has announced that is it providing start-up grants for two new school-based health centers in Washington. One will be at John R. Rogers High School in Spokane sponsored by Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS). The other will be at Bethel Middle School in Spanaway sponsored by Community Health Care (CHC).
CHAS and CHC will create health centers that provide medical, behavioral health, and dental services on the schools’ campuses.
Both school-based health centers are expected to open to students by November 1, 2019. Kaiser Permanente’s 3-year, $1.2 million commitment will provide start-up funding for the facilities. Read more here.
The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) today announced that two health care providers, Neighborcare Health and Country Doctor Community Health Centers, will receive funding to open three new School Based Health Centers (SBHC) in Seattle Public Schools. School Based Health Centers connect the dots between health and education, providing on-site comprehensive primary care and behavioral health for students.
The awards, which will provide more than $700,000 in funding, are the first provided through the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy approved by voters in 2018. The seven-year FEPP Levy will invest over $51 million in School Based Health Centers serving elementary, middle, and high school students across the city.
The funds will go toward establishing SBHCs for the 2019-20 school year at Edmond S. Meany Middle School on Capitol Hill, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School in north Seattle, and Lincoln High School in the Wallingford neighborhood.
Youth who feel engaged and supported at school and at home in adolescence are less likely to experience negative health outcomes in adulthood.
CDC findings published today in Pediatrics suggest that youth who feel connected at home and at school were less likely to experience health risk behaviors related to mental health, violence, sexual health, and substance use in adulthood.
These findings suggest that increasing both school and family (i.e. parents and caregivers) connectedness during adolescence through school, family, and community-based approaches can potentially have a powerful impact on health outcomes later in life.
Connectedness refers to a sense of being cared for, supported, and belonging, and can be centered on feeling connected to school, families, or other important people and organizations.
Schools, families, and healthcare providers have a major role in ensuring that adolescents feel engaged and connected. Concrete actions schools and families can take, as well as resources, are available on the CDC’s new adolescent connectedness webpage.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Student Health Summit 2019 on May 3!
Nearly 200 people from across Washington converged at the Museum of Flight for a day of learning and building community around school-based health care in our state.
The day began with opening remarks by Tim Burgess, former Seattle City Council Member and Interim Mayor, and ended with a panel of high school youth sharing their experiences and making a difference in their schools. At lunchtime we heard from a panel of policymakers and state agencies about student health in Washington and their own visions for the future of school-based health. Throughout the day there were a dozen breakout sessions on everything from school-based health center start-up to youth vaping to trauma-informed care on the ground. The day’s agenda and presentation slide decks from the breakout sessions are available on the Alliance website.
Nationally, an additional 269 SBHCs opened since the last Census (2013-14).
An article authored by School-Based Health Alliance staff has been published in the May issue of Health Affairs. The article, “20 Years of School-Based Health Care Growth and Expansion,” summarizes Census data from the 1998-99 school year to the present. Be among the first to read it here.