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Weekly InsiderAugust 11, 2011

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

Kids’ Share 2011: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2010, a report from the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, details the changes in federal expenditures on children.

Tips for Exercising Safely in the Heat: Steer Clear of Heat Cramps, Heat Exhaustion, and Heat Stroke With Key Information, published in NASN School Nurse, provides detailed information on signs and symptoms of heat related ailments and what to do when symptoms appear.


Looking for a Fall Internship?

CHHCS has excellent volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in children’s health and the delivery of health programs in schools.  Duties include assisting the program assistant by serving as office receptionist, and aiding in the collection, organization, and presentation of new information for the weekly newsletter.  General office clerical experience is required, and a high school diploma is preferred.  See here for more details.


Center Resources

Teens Run DC  is helping at-risk young people meet life and fitness goals through a school-linked running program that matches adult long-distance runners with community teenagers. Over the course of a year, the students improve their health, emotional and behavioral well-being, and self-confidence as they train for progressively longer races. In 2010 Teens Run DC began collaborating with Olga Acosta Price, director of CHHCS, for help with program development and evaluation design.

Helping immigrant and refugee children and their families at school.

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 15 sites across the U.S. built mental health programs that involve schools, families, students, mental health agencies and other community organizations in offering effective services for immigrant and refugee children and youth. Some of the tools they developed to help schools understand and respond to the acculturation needs of young people and their families include the following:

1. The UNC project, Creating Confienza, developed a report, Migration and Mental Health: Latino Youth and Parents Adapting to Life in the American South. It’s well worth looking at. The link is found at http://www.healthinschools.org/Immigrant-and-Refugee-Children/Caring-Across-Communities/UNC.aspx

2. The Portland, ME project created many tools, just a few of which are posted to its web page. http://www.healthinschools.org/Immigrant-and-Refugee-Children/Caring-Across-Communities/Portland.aspx. Go to links under “Designing Training on Culturally Responsive Practices.”

3. We also recommend resources from the School Outreach Program at Family Service Association of Bucks County, PA. Dr. Hodas’s presentation on “Recognizing Childhood Trauma” includes several slides that summarize specific trauma issues related to child immigrants and refugees. http://www.healthinschools.org/Immigrant-and-Refugee-Children/Caring-Across-Communities/Family-Service-Association-of-Bucks.aspx

For additional resources, please visit our Caring Across Communities page. http://www.healthinschools.org/Immigrant-and-Refugee-Children/Caring-Across-Communities.aspx

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Important Topic

August is National Eye Exam Month

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools: Childhood Vision – What the Research Tells Us

Children’s Vision Coalition: Children’s Eye Exam Information

National Eye Institute: Financial Aid for Eye Care


Upcoming Meetings

St. Paul, MN: Eighth Annual National Urban Service-Learning Institute. August 15-16, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.nylc.org/events/eighth-annual-national-service-learning-institute

San Diego, CA: 16th International Conference on Violence, Abuse & Trauma. September 11-14, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.ivatcenters.org/index.asp

San Francisco, CA: Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families Annual Conference. September 11-14, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.gcyf.org/annualconference/annualconference_show.htm?doc_id=860505

National Harbor, MD: National Conference on Substance Abuse, Child Welfare, and the Courts. September 14-16, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.cffutures.org/conference2011/registration

Charleston, SC: 16th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health. September 22-24, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://csmh.umaryland.edu

New Orleans, LA: Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders - 9th Biennial International Conference on Children and Youth with Behavioral Disorders. September 22-24, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.ccbd.net/event/2011-ccbd-conference


Previously Posted Meetings

Minneapolis, MN: Safe Routes to School National Conference. August 16-18, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.saferoutesconference.org/

Coeur d’Alene, ID: 19th Annual National Association of Local Boards of Health Conference. September 7-9, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.nalboh.org/NALBOH_Conference.htm

Atlanta, GA: Forum: Best Practices for Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy Development. July 11-13, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=977929

Philadelphia, PA: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting. December 4-8, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.astmh.org/Home.htm

Chicago, IL: International Conference on Communication in Healthcare. October 16-19, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.medicine.northwestern.edu/ICCH2011

Washington, DC: 9th Annual Biodefense Vaccines and Therapeutics. July 20-22, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.infocastinc.com/index.php/conference/biodef11


Job Opportunities

Middleborough Public Schools-School Nurse (Middleborough, MA)
Youth UpRising-Health and Wellness Director (Oakland, CA)
Marlborough Public Schools-School Nurse (Marlborough, MA)
Los Angeles Youth Network-Executive Director (Los Angeles, CA)
Orange Windsor Supervisory Union-School Nurse (Sharon, VT)
The Elizabeth Stone House-Director of Residential and Community Programming (Boston, MA)


Grant Alerts

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation--Embrace a Healthy Florida Community Engagement Grant (Florida) (Deadline: 8/26/11)
The Embrace a Healthy Florida Community Engagement Grant program aims to support local organizations, community coalitions and faith-based organizations that provide community education and outreach on the importance of good nutrition, physical activity and healthy weight for children and their families in Hialeah, Florida. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate sustainability, engage community members, and collaborate among different organizations.

BlueCross and BlueShield of Kansas--Healthy Habits for Life (Kansas) (Deadline: 10/14/11)
BlueCross and BlueShield of Kansas Foundation’s Healthy Habits for Life is offering $150,000 in grants to aid schools that promote healthy lifestyle choices. The program, which aims to help schools address the pressing issue of childhood obesity, supports teachers and administrators who encourage healthy habits among their students. 

Health Care Service Corporation--Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (Illinois, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas)(Deadline: 8/15/11)
Healthy Kids, Healthy Families is a three-year initiative designed to improve the health and wellness of at least one million children through community investments by Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and its Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. The Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative will invest in and partner with nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to reach children and their families in nutrition education, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and/or supporting safe environments.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association--Baseball Tomorrow Fund Grant
(Deadline: 10/1/11)
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant program finances a new program, expands or improves an existing program, undertakes a new collaborative effort, or obtains facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance--Jump Rope for Heart Grant Program (Deadline: 10/14/11)
The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) is accepting applications for its Jump Rope for Heart program. The purpose of the program is to enable organizations that have held a Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart event in the previous year to purchase equipment to improve their physical education opportunities for children, receive the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) quality Physical Education (PE) package, continue membership with AAHPERD, and attend the AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition. 

CVS--Community Grants Program
(Deadline: 10/31/11)
The CVS Caremark Community Grant program awards funds to organizations targeting children with disabilities. Projects will focus on healthcare to the uninsured and underserved, and to public schools.



New Resources

Kids’ Share 2011: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2010, a report from the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, details the changes in federal expenditures on children. The report lists current expenditures on children, charts federal spending over the last 50 years, and projects future trends in expenditures on children. The report highlights the ten largest federal spending and tax programs on children, from Medicaid ($74 Billion) to Child Nutrition ($16 Billion), and shows that total spending on children reached an all-time high of $374 billion in 2010, but is projected to drop over the next decade.

Tips for Exercising Safely in the Heat: Steer Clear of Heat Cramps, Heat Exhaustion, and Heat Stroke With Key Information,
published in NASN School Nurse, provides detailed information on signs and symptoms of heat related ailments, and what to do when symptoms appear. The article also provides practical tips to reduce the onset of heat illness, such as acclimatizing one’s body to heat by gradually increasing the intensity of activity, and not participating in intense exercise if there are signs of existing illness.


Job Opportunities

Middleborough Public Schools--School Nurse (Middleborough, MA)
Middleborough Public Schools is seeking a School Nurse to serve John T. Nichols Jr. Middle School. Responsibilities of the School Nurse include providing nursing assessments, screenings and emergency care for all ill and injured students and staff, initiating referrals to parents, school personnel, and community health resources for intervention, and maintaining appropriate documentation of the care administered to students in school. Qualifications include a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing, a Massachusetts Department of Education certification as a school nurse, a valid nursing licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration as a Registered Nurse, and a certification in CPR. Citizenship, residency or a work VISA in the United States is also required and two years of pediatric, community health and/or emergency room experience is preferred. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=57336

Youth UpRising--Health and Wellness Director (Oakland, CA)
Located in the heart of East Oakland, Youth UpRising is a neighborhood hub offering young people services and programs to increase the physical and mental wellbeing, community connection, educational attainment, and career achievement among youth members. Responsibilities of the Health and Wellness Director include developing programs and protocols, implementing and evaluating clinical interventions and treatment plans, providing individual, group, and family therapy, managing health and wellness staff, and developing collaboration opportunities with other agencies. Qualifications include a graduate degree in psychology, social work, counseling or a related field, strong clinical expertise with adolescents and families, knowledge of Alameda county resources, and the ability to articulate goals and motivate others. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/pgKDKZznBKh4/

Marlborough Public Schools--School Nurse (Marlborough, MA)
Marlborough Public Schools is seeking a School Nurse to serve Richer Elementary School. Responsibilities of the School Nurse include conducting nursing assessments of each student, implementing health regulations, policies and procedures, developing and implementing individual nursing care plans, and providing resources to students, families and faculty. Qualifications include a valid state license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Massachusetts, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing or current certification as a School Nurse from the Department of Education, and current certification in cardiopulmonary CPR and first aid from a recognized provider. Citizenship, residency or a work VISA in the United States is required and two years of relevant experience is preferred. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=57276

Los Angeles Youth Network--Executive Director (Los Angeles, CA)
The Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) is a California non-profit organization whose mission is to end homelessness one kid at a time, by providing shelter, food and counseling for the abused, neglected and abandoned. Responsibilities of the Executive Director include acting as the primary spokesperson for LAYN, supervising department directors and managers, actively seeking major donor support, working with the media, and overseeing all of the organization’s finances. Qualifications include a minimum of 10 years of related experience, at least two years of executive experience, great communication skills, and an undergraduate degree. A graduate degree and familiarity with the Los Angeles philanthropic community is preferred. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/n7GjpnDwwGnp

Orange Windsor Supervisory Union--School Nurse (Sharon, VT)
The Orange Windsor Supervisory Union is seeking to hire a School Nurse to serve Sharon Elementary School. Responsibilities of the School Nurse include removing health-related barriers to learning, providing health screenings, administering medication, and implementing individual health care plans. Qualifications include a current Vermont Registered Nurse license, a CPR certificate, and citizenship, residency or a work VISA in the United States. A Bachelor’s degree and at least four years of relevant experience is preferred. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=57220

The Elizabeth Stone House--Director of Residential and Community Programming (Boston, MA)
The Elizabeth Stone House (ESH) is committed to countering the effects of trauma and breaking the cycles of violence and abuse, one family at a time. Responsibilities of the Director of Residential and Community Programming position include providing monthly oversight of the program budget, ensuring that ESH is meeting funding and programmatic obligations, providing statistical reporting, and administering annual performance reviews to all direct service staff. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/pWwXPhZ8ZNH4