The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) have issued clarifications and guidance regarding school vaccine requirements for the 2020-2021 school year.
Results are in from year one of Kaiser Permanente’s SBHC start-up and planning grant funding.
It was a year full of focused vision, creative thinking and shared learning as Community Health Association of Spokane and Community Health Care worked in collaboration with Rogers HS (Spokane) and Bethel MS (Bethel) respectively to construct clinics on their campuses and provide primary care services including behavioral health. Both clinics experienced construction delays and school closures yet still found ways to provide a combined 1,340 visits in just a few months through temporary clinics, briefly opened permanent clinics and telehealth. Approximately 50% of the students who received services were Medicaid eligible and nearly 10% were uninsured or unknown insurance. Both clinics were essential in helping to keep students enrolled in school by providing on-site vaccinations as well as providing real-time interventions for students who were emotionally upset or in-crisis. Two of the three planning grantees (Lowell Elementary in Seattle in collaboration with Country Doctor & Odessa Brown) and (Taft-Saghalie STEM school in Federal Way in collaboration with HealthPoint) were also successful in creating cross-system leadership teams who developed a shared vision and business plan to serve their respective school communities. Both projects are prepared to launch new SBHCs in the 2020-21 school year.
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The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict is working in partnership with Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and Country Doctor Community Health Center to bring a school-based health center (SBHC) to Lowell Elementary School in Seattle.
Lowell Elementary School is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle and is the assigned elementary school for all downtown homeless shelters. The disproportionately high population of homeless and low-income students is faced with many hardships, including a lack of access to health care.
Sarah Talbot, principal of Lowell, has been instrumental in leading the efforts to establish a school-based health center. “The students who come to Lowell are often pretty impacted by poverty. They often have experienced trauma, and they’re historically coming from families who have not been well served by schools. So it’s very important for us to be warm and welcoming, focused on the social emotional well-being of our students and to connect with the community organizations around us to help us meet the needs of families.”
The school-based health center at Lowell would provide affordable, conveniently located, and easy-to-access health care services for students and their families, as well as for school staff members, thus bridging the gap for families who do not consistently have access to care.
“We see ourselves as a place that can be a connector, a hub of connections for families,” Sarah said. “We can’t provide families with health care, but we can connect them to someone who can. And the school-based health center is about that.” Read more.
The School-Based Health Alliance is hosting a five-part virtual learning series—Summer School with the School-Based Health Alliance. We’ve been listening to the field, and we missed seeing many of you at our annual convention. To help meet your needs in the current landscape, we’re offering this virtual series on pressing topics. We are excited to announce that Pedro Antonio Noguera, Ph.D. is the presenter for our first session, Race, Equity, and Inclusion in School-Based Health Care. Dr. Noguera is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. A sociologist, Dr. Noguera’s research focuses on how schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts.
Please find a description and registration link for all webinars below.
- July 22, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST, Race, Equity, and Inclusion in School-Based Health Care
This webinar features Dr. Pedro Antonio Noguera, Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education.
- July 29, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST, Preparing for a Return to the Classroom: Suicide Prevention in Schools
This webinar will address three evidence-based topics and the resources to support school staff as they manage current or emerging suicidal thoughts and behaviors in their students during the COVID-19 crisis. Presenters will share the rationale and tools to develop an individual and meaningful safety plan via telehealth; equip teachers and school staff with skills to identify and respond to youth who may be at risk; and provide an approach for supporting the school and family should a suicide occur. This webinar is co-hosted with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), the nation’s federally funded resource center devoted to implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC is a project of the Education Development Center.
- August 5, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST, Building Trauma-Sensitive Environments
For those who interact with students or supervise staff who do, an understanding of trauma-informed practices is critical to working with returning students. Webinar presenters will discuss best practices for establishing positive relationships with schools, focusing on trauma-sensitive strategies. Participants will gain a foundational understanding of trauma, practice using strengths-based language to facilitate difficult conversations, and will examine opportunities for collaboration between schools and SBHCs.
- August 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST, Hearing Hoof Beats From A Distance: Primary Care and Telehealth
As school-based telehealth care becomes more critical to maintaining students’ access to care, many clinicians are venturing into a virtual approach to primary care. This webinar offers an opportunity to learn from presenters who deliver primary care via school-based telehealth. Presenters will use a “rounds-style” collaborative discussion of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients remotely based on clinical cases.
- August 19, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST, Developing and Implementing Tele-behavioral Health in SBHCs
School-based health centers are rapidly adopting and accelerating tele-behavioral health services. In this webinar, behavioral health care providers and administrators will describe their experiences implementing or adapting tele-behavioral health programs, identify challenges and opportunities discovered through this process, and discuss strategies and best practices for others moving forward.