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Weekly Insider 08.04.2009

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools Weekly Insider is a web-enhanced newsletter that offers news alerts, grant announcements and general web site updates delivered directly to your email box on a weekly basis. The Center is located at the School of Public Health and Health Services at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.





New Resources
 
According to the Children in Immigrant Families – The U.S. and 50 States: Economic Need Beyond the Official Poverty Measure 
released by the Child Trends & the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis with the University at Albany, SUNY, official measures underestimate poverty by more than one-half for children in both immigrant and native-born families.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Knowledge Path
is an electronic guide to screening for autism spectrum disorders, diagnosis, treatment, and associated challenges for family life. The Knowledge Path is produced by the Maternal and Child Health Library and contains additional resources including websites, publications, social media, and research.

The Children’s HealthWatch recently released Feeding Our Future: Growing up Healthy with WIC
to detail the nutrition program for women, infants and children.

New from the Center

Caring Across Communities, a multi-site initiative addressing the mental health needs of children of immigrants and refugees, is managed by the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 15 sites across the U.S. are developing model mental health programs that engage schools, families, students, mental health agencies and other community organizations to build effective, culturally competent services for children and youth.  To check out the tools and lessons learned from each site, please click here.

On March 24, the Center hosted a webinar -- Language Issues when Working with Refugees and Immigrants in the Health/Mental Health Field. To access an archived version of both the powerpoint presentation and audio, click here.

Important Topic

School Involvement in Decreasing Childhood Obesity

  • Schools and Obesity Prevention: Creating School Environments and Policies to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity 
  • A Lunchtime Opportunity: Kidshealth – using school lunches to steer your kids toward nutritious meal choices
  • The Role of Schools in Obesity Prevention: The Future of Children 
  • School Lunch & Nutrition: Are your kids eating healthily at school?

    Upcoming Meetings

    • Webinar: After the Injury, Helping Parents Help Their Kids Recover. Monday, April 20, 2009; 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET
    Over the past decade, Drs. Winston and Kassam-Adams have conducted numerous research studies to better understand the psychological and emotional impact of pediatric injury for children and families, and to develop and evaluate practical tools to help parents and providers help children after injury. With funding from HRSA/MCHB, they have developed screening tools, assessment measures, and brief interventions that can be integrated into pediatric trauma care. The After the Injury website for parents translates the best research evidence into practical information, tips, and tools for parents.

    To register for this webcast please go to: http://www.mchcom.com/liveWebcastDetail.asp?leid=379 

    For those who cannot attend the webcast live, the webcast will be archived at www.mchcom.com http://www.mchcom.com

    • San Francisco, CA: Play On Conference.  May 18 – 20, 2009. For more information and to register for the conference, please visit www.playon2009.org
    • Philadelphia, PA: National Nursing Staff Development Organization Convention.  July 9 – 12, 2009. For more information, please visit https://www.nnsdo.org/ 

    Previously Posted Meetings
    Job opportunities

  • National Center for Children in Poverty – Project Assistant on Child Health and Mental Health Projects (New York, NY)
  • Resources for Children’s Health – Supervisor (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Peer Health Exchange - Executive Director (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Novato Youth Center – Clinical Director, Youth and Family Counseling Program (Novato, CA)
  • Virginia Department of Health, Crater Health District – Public Health Nurse (Petersburg, VA)
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale Center for Rural Health and Social Services Development – Director (Carbondale, IL)


    Grant Alerts

    AlohaCare Hawaii – AlohaCare Community Conscience Award (Hawaii) (Deadline: 4/30/09)
    AlohaCare’s Community Conscience Award grant program is specifically intended to support Hawaii non-profit organizations working to improve the health of Hawaii’s communities. 

    Vermont Department of Education – Tobacco Use Prevention Grant 
    (Deadline: 5/1/09)
    In an effort to reduce and prevent tobacco use among youth, non-competitive grant funding is available through the Vermont Department of Education. Funding supports schools in coordinating programs and implementing tobacco prevention strategies at the local level.

    Texas Department of State Health Services – School-Based Health Center Funding (Deadline: 5/18/09)
    The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) School Health Program is accepting applications for Federal Fiscal Year 2010 Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Funding. DSHS aims to support projects that start school-based health centers to provide primary and preventative health services and related services to school-age children or that expand services to include dental or mental health care in existing school-based centers.

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services – Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Grants
    (Deadline: 5/27/09)
    The purpose of the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grant program is to improve the physical health status of people with mental illnesses by supporting communities to coordinate and integrate primary care services into publicly funded community mental health and other community-based behavioral settings.

    Aetna Foundation – Regional Community Grants (Deadline: 5/30/09)
    The Aetna Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of health care with a special emphasis on improving racial and ethnic health care quality through their Regional Community Grants.

    Saucony Run For Good Foundation – Saucony Run for Good Program  (Deadline: 6/13/09)    
    The Saucony Run for Good Program encourages active and healthy lifestyles in children. The Foundation is seeking to fund applicants that initiate and support running and fitness programs for kids.

    New Resources

    According to the Children in Immigrant Families – The U.S. and 50 States: Economic Need Beyond the Official Poverty Measure released by the Child Trends & the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis with the University at Albany, SUNY, official measures underestimate poverty by more than one-half for children in both immigrant and native-born families. This issue brief presents recommendations for improved measures to correct current deficiencies in the way child poverty is measured in the U.S. Furthermore, this brief emphasizes the need for programs and policies to afford more attention to children and parents in immigrant families.

    Autism Spectrum Disorders: Knowledge Path is an electronic guide about screening for autism spectrum disorders, diagnosis, treatment, and associated challenges for family life. The Knowledge Path is produced by the Maternal and Child Health Library and contains additional resources including websites, publications, social media, and research. This resource will be of interest to families, health professionals, researchers, policy makers and educators.

    The Children’s HealthWatch recently released Feeding Our Future: Growing up Healthy with WIC to detail the nutrition program for women, infants and children. Findings indicate that children with access to WIC resources are more likely to be in good health compared to children without access to WIC who are more likely to be underweight, food insecure, and at risk for developmental delays. Additionally, WIC is most protective for health on children younger than 12 months of age as this is a pinnacle time in brain development with adequate nutrition.
     

    Job opportunities

    National Center for Children in Poverty – Project Assistant on Child Health and Mental Health Projects (New York, NY)
    The Project Assistant at the National Center for Children in Poverty, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University will support the data collection and analysis capacity on child health and mental health projects. Additional responsibilities include providing research assistant support to the Senior Research Associates, and providing data entry and analytic support. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/333360-132


    Resources for Children’s Health – Supervisor (Philadelphia, PA)
    Resources for Children’s Health is seeking a Supervisor for a program providing home visiting, education and support services to parents of young children in South Philadelphia. Responsibilities include providing management of program activities, working with the Director to ensure deadlines are met, carry a small caseload of families and young children, conduct clinical supervision, and assist staff completing duties, developing strategies and providing necessary materials. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/331844-265

    Peer Health Exchange  - Executive Director (Los Angeles, CA)
    Peer Health Exchange, a national non-profit organization working to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions, is seeking an Executive Director. The primary responsibility is to launch and lead Peer Health Exchange in Los Angeles. Additional responsibilities include developing and evaluating the organization, developing new sites at Los Angeles colleges, supervising volunteer recruitment, lead training of college students, collect, analyze and report data on program evaluation, and maintaining contacts. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/331857-2

    Novato Youth Center – Clinical Director, Youth and Family Counseling Program (Novato, CA)
    The Novato Youth Center is seeking a Clinical Director who is responsible for the clinical and administrative management of the Novato Youth Center’s mental health counseling services, including the internship-training program. Additional responsibilities include supervising and training clinical staff and interns, recruiting and hiring trainees and staff counselors, overseeing and providing supervision of clinical conduct, conducting regular evaluations and implementing the training program. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit http://www.opportunityknocks.org/JobseekerX/ViewJob.asp?JobID=jtiBVRXfpuN2spejQH5%2B89bFT5Lo 

    Virginia Department of Health, Crater Health District – Public Health Nurse (Petersburg, VA)
    The Virginia Department of Health is seeking a Public Health Nurse to serve as the site director for the Petersburg Teen Clinic. Responsibilities include supervising clinic operations and staff, independently providing nursing care to patients in clinics and schools, performing nursing assessments, and develop and implement care plans. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit http://cfusion.sph.emory.edu/PHEC/phec.cfm

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale Center for Rural Health and Social Services Development – Director (Carbondale, IL)
    The Center for Rural Health and Social Services Development is seeking a Director to conduct basic and/or applied research, analyze and report data in manuscripts, provide program evaluation, management and fiscal oversight of grants, contracts and cooperative agreements. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit http://cfusion.sph.emory.edu/PHEC/phec.cfm