Planning Grant for SBHCs in Bethel School District

Congratulations to Community Health Care, which has received a planning grant from Kaiser Permanente to partner with the Bethel School District in Spanaway to bring school-based health centers to their community.

Community Health Care, a federally-qualified health center, has long experience and a deep commitment to serving the community in Pierce County and is well-positioned to provide school-based health care in partnership with Bethel Schools. In the coming months, Community Health Care and the district will engage in planning with the support of Kaiser Permanente and the Washington School-Based Health Alliance.

New School-Based Health Center in Yakima

We’re excited to share that Yakima Pediatrics, part of Community Health of Central Washington, opened a new school-based health center (SBHC) at Davis High School in October.  Davis High School serves approximately 2,400 students in the Yakima Valley.

After establishing their Teen Health Clinic last year to provide a safe, friendly, and confidential place for adolescents to receive care, Yakima Pediatrics’ partnership with Davis High School was a natural next step in reaching teens in the community. With a study body that is 84% Hispanic/Latino, 85% low-income, 22% enrolled in transitional/bilingual education, and 14% migrant, Davis High School is an ideal location for providing services to youth who may face significant challenges accessing care elsewhere.

The Davis High School SBHC will provide both physical and behavioral health services two days a week to start, and looks forward to growing its capacity as it grows its relationship with the school community.


Call for Abstracts for 2019 National School-Based Health Care Convention

From the National School-Based Health Alliance:

If you haven’t submitted your abstract already, be sure to do so ASAP. The deadline to submit an abstract is THIS COMING TUESDAY, November 6.

We are seeking experts to present at the 2019 National School-Based Health Care Convention in the national capital region.

If you have a concept you want to share that you think will improve the school-based health care field, we want YOU to submit an abstract!

We’re looking for bold and innovative ideas in a variety of school-health topics: primary care clinical skills; accountability and quality improvement; population health and education outcomes; business and systems; oral health; systematically targeted groups; advocacy and policy; and youth development.

We also have a new category this year: Everybody Has a Role. Abstracts in this category will explore how we all work together in our individual roles towards students’ health—bus drivers, school principals, teachers, health providers, front desk staff. We encourage abstracts that address essential skills such as de-escalating, motivational interviewing, staff self-care; and strategic communication.

Share your experience, evidence-based practices, resources, and tools with your colleagues from the school-based health care field.

Visit our website to submit an abstract to present.

HCA seeking partner for Integrated Care for Kids model

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) will issue a request for applications (RFA) seeking a partner organization to pursue a potential new care delivery model for children.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to solicit applications for up to eight cooperative agreements that will implement the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model of care. Each agreement will be up to $16 million total for a seven-year model period.

The InCK Model is a child- and family-centered local service delivery model for children with physical, behavioral, and other health-related needs like food insecurity and unstable housing. It incorporates a payment model that holds the state and local providers accountable for costs and outcomes.

Key participants in the InCK Model will be HCA and a local entity that will serve as a lead organization. CMS requires that this lead organization be HIPAA-covered.

Partners in this effort will be the Department of Health, Department of Social and Health Services, and Department of Children, Youth and Families.

The InCK Model will include a two-year pre-implementation period followed by a five-year implementation period.

HCA will send another notification when the RFA has been issued. To learn more about the funding opportunity, visit the CMS InCK Model webpage.

Oregon Oral Health Toolkit for SBHCs

There is now an Oral Health Toolkit for school-based health centers developed by the Oregon Oral Health Coalition’s K-12 Committee.  The Coalition is committed to increasing in-school access to oral health services, advance education outcomes, increase school attendance and improve the overall health and wellness for Oregon’s K-12 population.

This toolkit exists to provide SBHCs with various kinds of resources aimed at: connecting clients with existing oral health services in their area, integrating oral health services into their SBHCs and schools as well as different types of publications around childhood/young adulthood oral health and oral health services in school settings.