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Webinar November 16: Helping SBHC Data Help You

EVENT: Helping SBHC Data Help You

WHEN: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 9:00am – 11:00am

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SESSION DESCRIPTION:

The Washington School-Based Health Alliance is pleased to be partnering with the national School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) to offer school-based health center (SBHC) nuts and bolts trainings in Washington during the 2022-2023 school year. 

During this interactive session, participants will learn about how quality improvement practices can improve the quality and sustainability of their SBHC. Facilitators will describe the theory and practice of quality improvement and discuss its application in the SBHC setting. Participants will learn about the National Performance Measures for SBHCs and identify opportunities to implement consistent data tracking processes in their SBHCs. They will be invited to share their successes related to quality improvement and data collection.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe how high-quality practice contributes to SBHC sustainability
  • Describe the theory and practice of quality improvement using the Model for Improvement
  • Explain the value of tracking frequent data over time

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

New and more experienced SBHCs wanting to advance their quality improvement practices.   

PRESENTERS:

Tammy Alexander, MEd is the Vice President of State Relations at the School-Based Health Alliance. She has worked in the school-based health care field at the state and national level since 1993. She joined the School-Based Health Alliance in 2016. Her current work at SBHA includes state relations, policy, consulting, and oral health. Tammy has an undergraduate degree from Oregon State, and she completed her Masters in Education from the University of Virginia in 1979.

Katherine Cushing, MPH is the Senior Program Manager of Quality, Research, and Evaluation at the School-Based Health Alliance. She joined the School-Based Health Alliance in 2019. Katherine manages the School-Based Health Alliance’s work in Quality, Research, and Evaluation, including the National Quality Initiative’s Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Before joining SBHA, her work focused on maternal and adolescent reproductive health research. She became interested in school-based health care while serving in Title I schools with the AmeriCorps program City Year. Katherine holds a Master of Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Webinar November 2: Nuts & Bolts of SBHC Sustainability: Strong Partnerships & Sound Business Model

EVENT: Nuts & Bolts of SBHC Sustainability: Strong Partnerships & Sound Business Model

WHEN: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 9:00am – 11:00am

REGISTER HERE

SESSION DESCRIPTION:

The Washington School-Based Health Alliance is pleased to be partnering with the national School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) to offer school-based health center (SBHC) nuts and bolts trainings in Washington during the 2022-2023 school year. 

During this interactive session, participants will identify the key elements of sustainability for school-based health centers. They will identify strategies for developing new partnerships and strengthening existing partnerships. Facilitators will offer a brief overview of key considerations for business planning. By the end of the session, participants will describe actionable next steps for improving the sustainability of their SBHC.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe how strong partnerships and sound business practices contribute to SBHC sustainability
  • Identify action steps to improve the sustainability of their SBHC through stronger partnerships and a more robust business model

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

School districts, schools, healthcare agencies and other community members/partners interested or involved in planning or starting up a SBHC, as well as more experienced SBHCs and school partners looking for a refresher. 

PRESENTERS:

Tammy Alexander, MEd is the Vice President of State Relations at the School-Based Health Alliance. She has worked in the school-based health care field at the state and national level since 1993. She joined the School-Based Health Alliance in 2016. Her current work at SBHA includes state relations, policy, consulting, and oral health. Tammy has an undergraduate degree from Oregon State, and she completed her Masters in Education from the University of Virginia in 1979.

Paula Fields, MSN BSN, RN is the Vice President of Programs & Technical Assistance at the School-Based Health Alliance. She has worked in the school-based health care field for over 25 years. She joined the School-Based Health Alliance in 2016. Her current work at SBHA includes programs, the development of tools and resources, technical assistance and training, educational offerings, planning and implementing school-based health centers, and building school and community partnerships to work towards student success. Before coming to SBHA, Paula worked to create and staff the West Virginia School-Based Health Alliance. She also worked at the West Virginia Department of Education as the first state-level community school coordinator. She holds a Master’s degree in nursing education and administration, a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, and an active Registered Nurse license.

Webinar November 3: Partnering with School-Based Health Centers to Improve Care for Patients: a health equity and systems approach

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) invites you to a webinar: Partnering with School-Based Health Centers to Improve Care for Patients: a health equity and systems approach. Learn about school-based health centers (SBHCs) and their role in improving care for young patients and their families. You’ll hear from the Washington School-Based Health Alliance about SBHCs, and the stories and experiences of providers working with and in SBHCs. See the event flyer.

WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 2022, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Register now!

Questions? Please email alexis.bates@doh.wa.gov


October 4, 2022: Youth and Family Behavioral Health Forum

The School-Based Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention subcommittee of the Children Youth Behavioral Health Workgroup is hosting a forum for young people and/or parents and caregivers to share their opinions on school-based mental health supports in Washington.  The Subcommittee asks:

  • Are YOU a student in Washington or a parent of a student in Washington? We would love to have your voice represented at the forum!
  • Do you work with youth and families who have lived experienced in the school-based behavioral health system in Washington? We would very much appreciate your support in sharing this opportunity!