Both President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona have made it clear that getting our students safely back into the classroom full time is a top priority in the first 100 days of this administration. In order to accomplish this task, we must include school district leaders, educators, parents, and students in the conversation on best practices for resuming in class instruction.
On Wednesday, March 24, the U.S. Department of Education will host a National Safe School Reopening Summit. This summit will allow education leaders, parents, and students to discuss this critical issue. Bringing these stakeholders together offers an opportunity to connect people from around the nation and share thoughts on getting our students back into schools quickly and safely.
This fully virtual summit will start at 9am PST / 12 noon EDT and feature remarks from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary Cardona, and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Rochelle Walensky. During the summit, there will be panels of health experts, educators, and students on their various perspectives surrounding the reopening of schools.
The School-Based Health Alliance, in partnership with the Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute, presents the 2021 Spring and Summer Education Series for School-Based Health Care Professionals, starting March 16, 2021, and running through August 31, 2021. As the pandemic keeps us from our traditional convention, we will offer multiple sessions and workshops virtually over the next five months, allowing for increased participation and low-cost CE opportunities.
The Series addresses the field’s priority topics, building the sessions based on suggestions from the SBHC field. We will kick off the Series with two Listen and Learn Sessions, one on Immunizations and one on Mental Health. We will continue the educational Series through the spring and summer (see dates below.) The workshops will focus on mental health, telehealth, social determinants of health, equity, clinical practice, and advocacy.
Continuing education is made possible through the Weitzman Institute, the research, education, and innovation arm of the Community Health Center, Inc. The 2021 Spring and Summer Education Series will have up to 10 credits available.
For every session you attend and evaluate, you will receive a credit. If you attend all 10 sessions and complete your evaluations, you will get 10 credits. If you attend three sessions and complete your evaluations, you will receive three credits. If you do not need professional CEs, you may opt to receive a certificate of completion for the session(s) you attend and evaluate. The Series has a one-time fee of $50.00 for 1-10 CE or certificate of completion. There is no prorated rate for less than 10 sessions.
In support of improving patient care, this activity was planned and implemented by the School-Based Health Alliance and Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute and is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Additional CE credits are available for dentists, physician assistants, psychologists, and social workers.
2021 Spring and Summer Series Dates:
Session #1: March 16
Session #2: March 30
Session #3: April 7
Session #4: April 21
Session #5: May 5
Session #6: May 19
Session #7: June 16
Session #8: June 30
Session #9: July 21
Session #10: August 4
All sessions are 60 minutes from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST / 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT.
Cross-posting from the The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC):
Healing School Communities in the Context of Racial Violence: Where do we go from here? is a two-part learning series intended for students, families, educators and school mental health professionals who are navigating the ongoing impact of racial violence in all forms on student mental health. Each 1.5 hour learning session will feature a moderator who will engage advocates, leaders and the school mental health workforce in a conversation that focuses on: Navigating discussions which are grounded in advancing racial equity and inclusion both in and out of school; Elevating strategies for communicating and engaging in the ongoing work to support the mental health of students and school mental health professionals which are grounded in community wisdom and build upon protective factors, both in and out of school; Developing spaces which engender opportunities for the field to improve its commitment to fostering a workforce ready, able and willing to hold racial violence as a mental health issue in a way that is founded in community strengths and wisdom while supporting and building protective factors. Learn about the speakers and access the recordings for each learning session below.
Session 1: Thursday, February 25, 2021 Register Session 2: Thursday, March 4, 2021 Register
Fiscal year (FY) 2021 School-Based Service Sites (SBSS) funding is available for Health Center Program award recipients on a competitive basis. SBSS funding will expand access to health center services by increasing the number of patients who access comprehensive primary health care services through Health Center Program service delivery sites located at schools.
Health centers will accomplish this by:
adding new Health Center Program service delivery sites at schools, or
expanding comprehensive primary health care services at existing Health Center Program service delivery sites located at schools.
One-time funding will be available in year 1 for equipment purchases and minor alterations and renovations (A/R) (with or without equipment purchases).
Your application must demonstrate how you will use SBSS funds in your current service area to increase the number of patients served at school-based service sites by adding or expanding one or more of the following services:
Federal Way Public School students will now have access to valuable health care services through the district’s first School Based Health Center (SBHC) at TAF@Saghalie.
There are students who do not have easy access to health care, but the district is fortunate to have partners like Kaiser and HealthPoint who are addressing this longstanding equity gap by making services available at TAF@Saghalie.
The SBHC opened January 25, 2021, with a virtual ribbon-cutting held February 11. Registration is open to TAF@Saghalie and Decatur High School students and will be expanded to other FWPS students at a later date. The district renovated existing space at TAF@Saghalie to house the SBHC, and healthcare services will be provided by HealthPoint, in partnership with Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS).
“Now more than ever, we need to remove barriers so our scholars have equitable access to healthcare in our community,” said Superintendent Dr. Campbell. “Our district’s partnership with HealthPoint will bring these services directly to students to support their achievement in school and social emotional needs as well.”
HealthPoint is a community health center that provides high-quality, affordable care at 19 locations in King County.