The U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released updated joint guidance on December 19 addressing the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to records maintained on students. The updated joint guidance is HERE.
As a reminder, the Washington School-Based Health Alliance held a SBHC Community of Practice call in November last year on the topic of Consent and Confidentiality in School-Based Health Care. A link to a recording of the call is HERE.
About 40 people from across Washington joined our SBHC Community of Practice call today on the topic of Consent & Confidentiality in School-Based Health Care. Thank you to our presenters Sara Rigel, Public Health–Seattle & King County School-Based Partnerships Program, and Janet Cady, Neighborcare Health!
On October 16, the Quilcene school board unanimously voted to approve a new school-based health center (SBHC) to serve Quilcene K-12 students.
The Quilcene school district, Jefferson County Public Health, and Jefferson Healthcare mounted an effort through the summer and into the fall to engage in planning with the community through community meetings, parent and student surveys, outreach at local fairs and sporting events, and the use of social media and district communications. They are now working on plans for building the clinic within the elementary school which is on campus with the middle and high school. More to come in 2020!
Local press coverage of the community process and school board approval:
The national School-Based Health Alliance shared a new article, “The Use of Telehealth in School-Based Health Centers,” which was published yesterday in Global Pediatric Health.
The National School-Based Health Care Census is the first national survey to describe characteristics of school-based health centers (SBHCs) employing telehealth. The article describes characteristics of SBHCs using telehealth, specifically, the growth of telehealth in traditional SBHCs that use technology to complement onsite providers, and a newer and growing delivery model of school-based health care where primary care and other services are provided exclusively through telehealth. The article contributes to a larger conversation about the evolution of telehealth in general, and how technology can be leveraged to broaden the reach of health care to underserved school-aged populations.
CHAS Health is getting ready to open the first school-based health center in Spokane at Rogers High School, but they’re not waiting for the SBHC doors to open to have a positive impact on school health. On October 8, a CHAS Health team (pictured below) partnered with Rogers to hold an immunization clinic. They were able to help 10 of the remaining 12 students needing to be in compliance with immunizations receive vaccinations so they would not be excluded from school. The effort also lined up with CHAS Health’s Immunity for the Community initiative.