Happy New Year CSHC Members and Friends! The California School Health Centers Association is pleased to bring you the following information and updates for January 2005: + CSHC UPDATES + ADVOCACY & POLICY UPDATE + FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES + TOOLS and RESOURCES FOR SBHCs + NEWS + ANNOUNCEMENTS + CSHC UPDATES + CSHC Annual Meeting April 11-12, 2005 – Sacramento. Mark your calendars! We hope to have you join us for our annual conference Monday, April 11th and Tuesday, April 12th in Sacramento. This two- day meeting will bring together key stakeholders in education with youth and adults from school health centers throughout California. You will learn how to better integrate school health centers within the school community through educational sessions on how to identify revenue sources for school health centers within educational funding streams and strategies for working with the school community to maximize Proposition 63 mental health dollars. If you would like suggest session topics (education- related or others) and/or presenters for the meeting, please contact Kristin Curran at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-268-1160. Stay tuned for more details and registration information! Finance Survey Coming Your Way. One of CSHC’s organizational goals is to find more money for school health centers in California. In order for us to effectively advocate for increased support for your centers, we desperately need better information about the current state of SHC funding across the state. You can help us by completing a finance survey we will send you later this month. This survey will help us understand where you do (and do not!) get your funding from and enable us to both communicate it to legislators and identify areas for improvement. Students advocate for the school health center movement. CSHC kicks off its youth engagement program in January with the help of our partner, the California Center for Civic Participation & Youth Development. The California Center’s Policy Leadership Program (PLP) is designed to educate youth about public policy and advocacy. Eighteen high school students from throughout California, representing schools with health clinics on site, will be trained to conduct focus groups among their peers and communicate with target audiences. PLP participants will play a key role in advancing California’s school health center policy agenda. The youth will gather again in April when they will receive additional training and visit with legislators in Sacramento. Welcome new and renewed members! We are excited to have the following school health centers, partner organizations, and individuals join this past month as active 2004-05 members of CSHC: Daly City Youth Health Center, UC San Francisco’s Institute for Health Policy Studies, Westside Park Elementary School - San Bernardino Dept. of Public Health, Shasta Community Health Center’s four school-based clinics. You can become a member by downloading, printing, and completing the membership application from our website http://www.schoolhealthcenters.org/membership.asp or by contacting Bridget Brennan at 510-268-1260 or email email@example.com. + ADVOCACY AND POLICY + Prop. 63 monies available soon! Counties to begin planning for Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) implementation. The MHSA was passed last fall by California voters to provide new funding for the expansion of mental health services for adults and children. An estimated $700 million annually will be available and shared among the state and county offices of the Department of Mental Health (DMH). For more information about this act and to learn how you can become involved In local planning efforts please visit the California Adolescent Health Collaborative's “Prop 63 At a Glance” http://www.californiateenhealth.org/projects_prop_63.asp. Stakeholders may be added to DMH mailing lists in order to learn about implementation of the MHSA by sending their names, mailing address, and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Input or questions regarding the MHSA can also be directed to MHSA staff through this e-mail address. CA Attorney General supports confidential health care for students. Attorney General, Bill Lockyer, issued a formal opinion on November 29, 2004 that public schools may not condition a student's release from campus for confidential health care on either parental consent or notification. The opinion is available on the Attorney General's website http://caag.state.ca.us/opinions/published/04-112.pdf. Margaret C. Crosby, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. Launch of Californians for Healthy Kids. Children's Defense Fund-CA, in collaboration with the 100% Campaign, announces an effort to finish the job of insuring all of California's children. On Tuesday, December 14th, an unprecedented bipartisan coalition of teachers, business leaders, parents, health care providers, faith leaders, labor representatives, local leaders and children's advocates came together to kick off a new statewide campaign in support of providing affordable health coverage for all California children by the year 2007. A series of roundtable briefings and town hall meetings around the state begins in January. http://www.100percentcampaign.org + FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES + The “Funding Opportunities” section will no longer be a featured part of CSHC’s monthly ENews. Monthly updates on potential funding resources for school-based and school-linked health services will be sent to current dues-paying members of CSHC. If your dues are up-to-date and you have not yet received an electronic funding update, please notify us by sending an email to email@example.com. To receive the funding update and other CSHC benefits, you can download the membership application from our website and return it with your dues. http://www.schoolhealthcenters.org/membership.asp + TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL HEALTH CENTERS + School-Based Enrollment in Children's Health Insurance Programs. a new guidebook from Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, "Healthy Kids Make Better Learners: A Step-by-Step Manual for School-Based Enrollment in Children's Health Insurance Programs," presents information about school-based health insurance outreach and enrollment strategies, and includes step-by-step implementation instructions and templates that can be tailored for use in local communities. The manual also provides suggestions for building partnerships and obtaining funding, including leveraging federal and other dollars, to build and sustain school-based enrollment in health insurance programs in tight budget times. Get your free copy of the CD-ROM today by calling 415-431- 6747 or downloading a copy at http://www.healthykidsproject.org Knowledge Path: Child and Adolescent Nutrition. Produced by the MCH Library, the knowledge path is an electronic resource guide on recent, high-quality resources that analyze and describe public health campaigns and other promotion programs for improving nutrition and eating behaviors within families, schools, and communities. The resource includes information on (and links to) Web sites and electronic publications, databases, electronic newsletters and online discussion groups, journal articles, and print publications. http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_childnutr.html. Childhood Vision Problems. The Center on Health and Health Care in Schools with support from the Vision Council of America brings us a policy brief Childhood Vision: Public Challenges & Opportunities that outlines issues in vision testing for children, describes programs and policies currently in place, summarizes select state and federal initiatives, and discusses policy options for ensuring that children's vision problems are identified and treated in a timely manner. The brief, a fact sheet, and an executive summary are available at http://www.healthinschools.org/sh/visionmain.asp. + NEWS + ‘School Board News’ highlights the benefits of SBHCs. A positive story about SBHCs was published in School Board News in its November 23 (volume 24:19) edition. SBHCs from Illinois, North Carolina, New York and New Mexico are featured. School Board News is a publication of the National School Boards Association. The story is available online at http://www.nsba.org/site/doc_sbn.asp?TrackID=&SID=1&DID=34823&CID=1140&VID=58 Expanded health coverage premium subsidies for low-income children. In December, 2004 the California Endowment awarded $4 million in grants over the next 12 months to Children’s Health Initiatives (CHIs) in eight California counties. The grants are part of TCE's five-year, $45-million Children's Coverage Program. These funds will be used to provide health coverage premium subsidies for low-income children 6-18 years of age through each of the eight funded counties’ Healthy Kids programs and represent a transitional investment until a sustainable statewide solution is implemented. http://www.calendow.org/news/press_releases/2004/12/121504.stm Berkeley High School Health Center organizes a World AIDS Day Event. More than 1,200 students and local residents visited the Berkeley High School Community Theater tocommemorate the 17th annual World AIDS Day. The all-day event, organized by the high school health center’s seven coordinators and 15 peer-educators and youth advisors, invited students and visitors to learn about the worldwide HIV and AIDS epidemic. (Daily Cal, December 2, 2004) http://www.dailycal.org/article.php?id=17129 + ANNOUNCEMENTS + Additional $1 million goes to Alameda County’s School-Based Health Centers! Alameda County’s School-Based Health Care Coalition, administered by the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (HCSA), successfully lead the push for the Board of Supervisors to allocate an additional $1 million in county funding to school health centers. The funding will come from voter approved Measure A (March 2004), a temporary half-cent sales tax dedicated to provide additional support for health care services in the county. The county already provides $1 million to school health centers from the tobacco master settlement fund, making their total contribution $2 million. Alameda County’s HCSA dedication to school health centers is a model for the state. CA DHS - Immunization Branch needs your help! The California Department of Health (CDHS) Immunization Branch needs your help to monitor influenza-like illness (ILI) in your school-based health clinic or health office. Children are often the first in your community to become sick with influenza and to spread the disease to others. With the current influenza vaccine shortage, monitoring in your school will be especially important for tracking influenza, both in your community and around the state. CDHS needs the participation of 50 school-based health clinics or health offices open at least 3 days a week. Sites located in elementary schools are especially sought, but schools for any age group from K-12th grade are eligible. Staff at these sites report to CDHS by fax or e-mail the number of cases of ILI [fever plus either cough or sore throat] seen each week by maintaining a brief report form and clinic log, examples of which are posted at www.schoolhealthcenters.org/tools.asp). School staff in other counties who participate estimate that this will take about 15 minutes of your time per week this winter. CDHS will in return provide participants frequent updates on influenza activity locally and statewide. School sites that participate for at least 12 weeks out of the influenza season will also be eligible to receive a free pediatric handbook (e.g. the 2003 Red Book: Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases or the Harriet Lane Handbook: A Manual for Pediatric House Officers). CDHS encourages you to consider participating as a sentinel school site. To enroll or for further questions, please contact Erica Boston (510-540-2324; EBoston@dhs.ca.gov) at the CDHS Immunization Branch. SBHCs and academic performance literature review. Researchers at UC, San Francisco recently published an article in the Journal of School Health, November issue. Authors Sara Peterson Geierstanger, Gorette Amaral, Mona Mansour, and Susan Russell Walters review studies of the relationship between SBHCs and academic performance. The article offers recommendations to "SBHC researchers, evaluators, and service providers in response to the pressure they are facing to document the effect of SBHC services on academic outcomes." Julia Graham Lear, Director of the Washington DC based Center for Health & Health Care in Schools writes, “If you haven't seen this article, it's really a must-read.” Congratulations to CSHC Member and Community Partner Linda Crawford! An article titled "Predictive value of a cross-cultural asthma case-detection tool in an elementary school population" is the result of an asthma incidence study done in Orange County that Linda managed. The article can be found in Pediatrics Vol 114 No.3 Sept 2004. http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/114/3/e307 Behavioral health reimbursement and practice. A message from John Schlitt: NASBHC would like to organize a national convention workshop session on behavioral health policies under Medicaid and/or other third-party payers. I'd like to feature some success stories. If you or your local providers have some experiences with behavioral health contracts or reimbursement policy that might help inform the greater good, I would welcome hearing from you. John Schlitt, National Assembly on School-Based Health Care, phone 202-638-5872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Anecdotes on addressing childhood obesity sought by the California School Health Working Group (CSHWG). A message from Caroline Roberts: The CSHWG, coordinated through the California Department of Education is in the process of collecting "stories" about some of the work that schools and communities are doing to address childhood obesity. We're especially interested in examples of collaboration and involvement of school health councils. If you have such a story to share, please send me a BRIEF (who, where, what and when--1 paragraph is fine) summary of the work that's being done. Please remember to identify the school district or county office of education, as well as contact information (e-mail and phone number). We hope to include this anecdotal evidence in some upcoming conferences, press events, as well as reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. THANKS. Caroline Roberts, California Dept. of Education, email CRoberts@cde.ca.gov.