This school year, we will be 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.
Our first Coffee Connections event will be at 9am on Friday, October 8. Please register HERE.
We look forward to having you join us! Please feel free to invite any staff who may have missed the original invite.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has released a job posting for a School-Based Health Center Program Coordinator responsible for coordinating implementation of House Bill 1225 (2021). This position will establish the school-based health center (SBHC) program within DOH’s Adolescent Health Unit and ensure the bill is implemented as intended. See full job posting. This posting closes in two weeks, on September 13, 2021.
Advancing Student and Staff Health with COVID-19 Relief Funding, authored by the School Superintendents’ Association, FutureEd, Healthy Schools Campaign, and Kaiser Permanente, provides guiding principles that school districts can use to make student and staff health a priority in plans for using COVID-19 relief funding.
The Washington School-Based Health Alliance is pleased to host a webinar this week:
Elevating Student Voices in School-Based Health
Session description: Join students and providers from multiple schools and SBHC sponsors to learn about increasing student engagement in SBHCs. In this workshop you will hear about pandemic pivots, zippy Zooms and keen Kahoots. This presentation is for all school-based medical and mental health providers along with support staff.
Presenters: Students from The Center School, Tyee High School, Renton High School, Lindbergh High School; and school-based health providers from Healthpoint and Swedish
When: Thursday, May 20, 12-1pm
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12pm-1pm ET/9am-10am PT
Weitzman ECHO COVID-19
COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies for Youth
The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds presents a new opportunity in the push for broad immunity against the coronavirus. However, the challenges of getting this group vaccinated are more complicated than for adults.
Community Health Center, Inc. was recently featured in a New York Time’s article to discuss strategies for vaccinating adolescents, including speaking with parents, collaborating with schools, and setting up mobile vaccination sites.
Join this special one-time session as CHC discusses their approach on the most reassuring and expedient ways to reach youth and their parents.
Read the article:
To Vaccinate Younger Teens, States and Cities Look to Schools, Camps, Even Beaches