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Quilcene School Board Approves New School-Based Health Center

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:

Article: The Use of Telehealth in School-Based Health Centers

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.

You can read the article by clicking on this link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2333794X19884194, and the full-text version is accessible for free to everyone online. 

CHAS Health Readying for New SBHC at Rogers High School in Spokane

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.

Neighborcare Health highlights SBHCs in Community Conversation November 6

Neighborcare Health Presents is a series of community conversations that bring together industry experts, policy makers, partners, and community members to discuss the impact health care has on the social issues facing our community.

This year’s topic is focused on school-based health centers (SBHC) and how providing care inside schools can better serve students and increase graduation rates. Speakers will address current funding models, discuss health outcomes, and more broadly address why school-based health centers are important to our community.

Who should attend?
This forum will cover information, strategy, data, and patient stories from experts who understand the important role school-based health centers play in closing the opportunity gap and improving health outcomes for children. Policy makers, partners, and community members are encouraged to attend to learn how we can work together to provide better care in our schools to make our community healthier and stronger.

Event Details

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
8:30- 9 am Registration and Check-In
9- 11 am Discussion and Q&A

The Panoramic Room at Pacific Tower
1200 12th Ave S, Suite 801
Seattle WA 98144

For additional details and to register for the event, go here.

November SBHC Community of Practice Call

Consent & Confidentiality in School-Based Health Care
Washington SBHC Community of Practice Call

When:  Wed, November 13, 9:00-10:30am

With a number of new school-based health centers opening across the state this fall, and questions rolling in about how to navigate consent and confidentiality, we thought it would be helpful and timely to revisit this topic in a community of practice call.

We will lay the foundation with an overview presentation and allow plenty of time for Q&A.

If you’d like to join the conversation, please email Sandy Lennon, and you will receive a calendar invite with call-in details.