Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies for Youth

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

Webinar this week: Resilience in School Environments (RISE)

The Washington School-Based Health Alliance is hosting a webinar this week Thursday, May 13:

Resilience in School Environments (RISE)

Session description:  School-based health centers (SBHCs) have an important and recognized role in supporting the health and well-being of individual school staff and students.  SBHCs can also play an important role in creating a more comprehensive safe and supportive school climate.  Kaiser Permanente’s Resilience in School Environments (RISE) initiative provides a suite of easily accessible resources, at no cost, for school leadership, staff and the broader school community to address underlying factors and develop strategies and practices that foster positive school environments.  SBHC staff can access these resources, including a comprehensive approach for staff well-being, for SBHC use and for sharing with school partners.  Our presenter will walk participants through these resources online and facilitate conversation on these topics.

Presenter:  Jill Patnode, Thriving Schools Program Manager, Kaiser Permanente of WA
When:  Thursday, May 13, 1-2pm PST

Creating Safe and Supportive Environments for LGBTQ+ Youth in SBHCs and Beyond

WA SBHA is pleased to host this week:

Creating Safe and Supportive Environments for LGBTQ+ Youth in SBHCs and Beyond

Session description: Through anti-violence and mental health frameworks, learn how to create and sustain safe and supportive environments for LGBTQ+ youth in SBHCs and beyond.  We will dive into unique considerations for working with LGBTQ+ youth during the pandemic, we will unpack legacies of historical and institutional violence, and learn about what LGBTQ+ students need.


  • Brennon Ham, Ed.M. (pronouns: Brennon/they/she/he), Health Education Specialist/Trainer, Health Education Office, Seattle Public Schools
  • Breona Mendoza, M.A., LMHC (pronouns: she/her), Mental Health Counselor, Chief Sealth International High School, Teen Health Center, Neighborcare Health

When:  Wednesday, May 5, 4-6pm PST

For other upcoming SBHC webinars and training opportunities, read the blast sent to our email list today.  If you haven’t yet signed up for our email list, you can sign up here



Job postings: School-Based Mental Health Counselors, The Health Center, Walla Walla

The Health Center is seeking to hire multiple mental health counselors to serve students in their school-based health center sites in Walla Walla, Washington. See the full job posting.

The Health Center (THC) is an independent, non-profit school-based health center located in Walla Walla, Washington. We work to advance the success of students by addressing their physical, emotional, and social needs. We provide bi-directional integration of care through medical and mental health services, free of cost to students. We currently have 3 clinic locations: Pioneer Middle, Lincoln High, and Walla Walla High School. Clinicians are based at one clinic location.

We are looking for an experienced mental health counselor who approaches student care with an innovative lens. You will be working collaboratively with school staff, students, THC colleagues, and parents to provide the needed support for students to attain their healthiest self.

General Description: The Mental Health Counselor will provide individual and group mental health counseling sessions for students/clients of The Health Center. This position is approximately 30 hours per week. We follow the Walla Walla Public Schools schedule, which includes summers off, snow days, and work days between 8am-3pm.

Job posting: SBHC Behavioral Health Social Worker, Healthpoint, Federal Way

Behavioral Health Social Worker -School Based Health Center   

Come join the HealthPoint Federal Way SBHC Team!

HealthPoint is a community-based, community-supported and community-governed network of non-profit health centers dedicated to providing expert, high-quality care to all who need it, regardless of circumstances. Founded in 1971, we believe that the quality of your health care should not depend on how much money you make, what language you speak or what your health is, because everyone deserves great care.

The School Based Health Center at TAF@Saghalie opened in January 2021.

Be an integral part of the team that brings this powerful care delivery model to Federal Way and helps students feel healthy and excel academically.

The Behavioral Health Social Worker is responsible for delivering integrated mental health care in consultation with a primary care provider and coordinating referrals to services outside the primary care clinic (mental health specialty care, substance abuse treatment, housing or food resources, etc.).   See the full job posting.