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.
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.
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.
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.
Join the National SBHA and numerous medical associations and children’s advocacy groups, including the Children’s Alliance here in Washington, who are publicly opposing the Administration’s public charge proposal. Add your voice in opposition to the proposal, which could severely impact access to needed services by immigrant families and their children. The public comment period is open until December 10.
“Public charge” is an immigration term that refers to a person who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government to meet his or her basic needs. The Administration’s proposed new rule would significantly broaden the scope of programs considered by the government to make this determination, making it more likely that legally present immigrants could be denied a visa or green card merely for seeking health and support services, including those for which they are eligible such as Medicaid, SNAP and housing assistance.
As the Children’s Alliance explains, “The administration’s effort to expand the definition and application of the public charge test effectively withholds essential public services from many of the 1 in 4 Washington children growing up in immigrant families. The result: poorer health, more hunger and greater inequity for children and families, particularly for immigrant communities of color. This could mean that immigrant families do not seek critical health and other services out of fear.”