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Weekly InsiderDecember 02, 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

Legal Issues for School Districts Related to the Education of Undocumented Children by the National School Boards Association and the National Education Association, discusses commonly asked questions by school officials regarding undocumented children.

Progress Enrolling Children in Medicaid/CHIP: Who is Left and What are the Prospects for Covering More Children?, released by the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, discusses characteristics of the children who remain uninsured and the prospect for enrolling them in public coverage.

Guidance for Emergency Shelters for the 2009-2010 Flu Season, released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides guidance for US-based emergency shelters used by displaced persons during a natural or man-made disaster during the 2009-2010 influenza season.


New from the Center

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools is sponsoring a Webinar, Treating Traumatized Immigrant and Refugee Youth, on December 10, 2009, at 2 pm EDT. Many immigrant and refugee youth in the United States have experienced traumatic events, including personal violence, community violence, war, forced displacement, loss of family members, and separation from loved ones. Treating trauma-related symptoms and promoting healthy coping are crucial steps towards helping these new American youth survive and thrive in their new home, schools and communities. To register for this event, please visit: https://rwjf.webex.com/rwjf/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=579452773

The Center has released a new publication, Helping immigrant and refugee students succeed: It’s not just what happens in the classroom. Problematic behaviors exhibited by students have a direct impact on student success and the importance of engaging families for student academic achievement has been well documented. The challenges are more pronounced among immigrant and refugee students and their families. Eileen Gale Kugler and Olga Acosta Price share a number of successful strategies used to engage immigrant and refugee families in support of their children’s mental health and school success.  The publication offers insights gained from grantees of the Caring Across Community national program.  To view the document, click on the link below and look under Publications from Caring Across Communities: http://healthinschools.org/Immigrant-and-Refugee-Children/Caring-Across-Communities.aspx

Presentations Posted to the Website

Covering Immigrant Children: Where do we stand? Center for Children and Families Health Policy Institute. Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Caring Across Communities Conference. April 2009.

This presentation by Joan Alker, Co-Executive Director of the Center for Children and Families Health Policy Institute, reviews current and anticipated efforts to provide coverage through the federal Medicaid and CHIP programs for children, with a focus on immigrant children. Ms. Alker summarizes changes in coverage under last spring's Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), the Immigrant Children's Health Improvement Act (ICHIA), and various state responses to these two pieces of legislation. She also discusses how CHIPRA and ICHIA could affect health care coverage for legal immigrant children in the future.


Important Topic

December 6-12 is National Handwashing Awareness Week

•    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Wash Your Hands

•    Teens Health - Handwashing

•    Mayo Clinic: Handwashing Do's and Don'ts


Upcoming Meetings

•   Washington, DC: National Health Policy Conference. February 8-9, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

 •  Atlanta, GA: 2010 Public Health Preparedness Summit: Partners in Preparedness: Engaging a Community for a Successful Public Health Response. February 16-19, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.phprep.org/2010/

•   Jacksonville, FL: Association for Community Health Improvement Annual Conference. March 4-5, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

•   National Harbor, MD: Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs: Moving Ahead Together: Celebrating the Legacy, Shaping the Future of Maternal and Child Health. March 6-10, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

•   Omaha, NE: National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH). August 5-7, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.nalboh.org/NALBOH_Conference.htm

•   Honolulu, HI: International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. September 26-29, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.ispcan.org/congress2010/



Previously Posted Meetings

Webcast: Changing Behavior for Health. December 1, 2009, 2:30-5:30 (EDT). For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://commprojects.jhsph.edu/subscribe/behavior.cfm

Philadelphia, PA: Forum on the Future of Nursing: Community Health, Public Health, Primary Care, and Long-Term Care. December 3, 2009. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.iom.edu/en/Activities/Workforce/Nursing.aspx

Lake Buena Vista, FL: Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants 2010 Spring CME Conference. March 11-13, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky College of Public Health Keeneland Conference. April 20-22, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

Atlanta, GA: New Urbanism: Rx for Healthy Places. May 19-22, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.cnu.org/cnu18

Washington, DC: Medical Library Association 2010 Annual Meeting and Exhibition. May 21-26, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.mlanet.org/am/am2010/



Job Opportunities

•    Peer Health Exchange - Bay Area Executive Director (San Francisco, CA)
•    Youth Shelter Program of Westchester - Program Director (Mt. Vernon, NY)
•    New York Road Runners - Developmental Track and Field Series Manager (New York, NY)
•    First 5 Alameda County - Child Wellness Coordinator (San Leandro, CA)
•    Mojave, California Area Schools - School Nurse (Mojave, CA)
•    Oak Park, Illinois Area Schools - Part-time School Nurse (Oak Park, IL)


Grant Alerts

Target - Early Childhood Reading Grants (Deadline: Varies)
Early Childhood Reading Grants should foster a love of reading and encourage children to read with their families. Grants support weekend and after-school programs that promote reading among children birth through age 9.

PeyBack Foundation - Program Support for Disadvantaged Children Grants (Various locations) (Deadline: 2/1/10)
The Peyback Foundation was established by professional football player Peyton Manning in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth (ages 6 to 18) by assisting programs that provide leadership growth and opportunities for children at risk.

Herb Block Foundation - Pathways Out of Poverty (DC Metro area) (Deadline: 2/3/10)
The purpose of the Pathways out of Poverty grant program is to help provide needy children and adults a quality education. Proposals geared towards youth should focus on improving student achievement and healthy development of children middle school age and above. Programs can include in-school and community-based education programs, after-school programs, and mentoring programs. The Foundation encourages applications from programs designed to increase high school graduation rates.

For Kids Only - Dare to Dream Grant Program (Deadline: 1/6/10)
For Kids Only is a nonprofit faith-based organization that addresses the academic and spiritual needs of at-risk children in communities across the United States. The For Kids Only Dare to Dream Grant Program supports Christian organizations that offer programs focused on children ages 0 to 12.

Commonweal Foundation - Community Assistance Grants (Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland) (Deadline: 2/1/10)
The Commonweal Foundation supports educational programs and projects assisting disadvantaged youth. The Foundation focuses on secondary and elementary education and is interested in helping organizations that implement strategies that foster partnership building.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Nurse Faculty Scholars Program (Deadline: 2/2/10)
The purpose of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training and salary and research support to young faculty.


News Alert


New Resources

Legal Issues for School Districts Related to the Education of Undocumented Children, by the National School Boards Association and the National Education Association, discusses commonly asked questions by school officials regarding undocumented children. Though few of the questions have definitive answers, this report provides tentative answers that are designed to help school districts minimize their legal risks in light of current law. 

Progress Enrolling Children in Medicaid/CHIP: Who is Left and What are the Prospects for Covering More Children?, released by the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, discusses characteristics of the children who remain uninsured and the prospect for enrolling them in public coverage. The authors cite research showing over 90 percent of low-income parents say they would enroll their uninsured child if their child was eligible, but around half do not know their child is eligible, do not know how to apply, and/or find the application process difficult.

Guidance for Emergency Shelters for the 2009-2010 Flu Season, released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides guidance for US-based emergency shelters used by displaced persons during a natural or man-made disaster during the 2009-2010 influenza season. The article outlines recommended strategies for influenza prevention in shelters, including how to properly clean and disinfect common areas and how to encourage hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette to prevent spreading the flu.


Job Opportunities

Peer Health Exchange - Bay Area Executive Director (San Francisco, CA)
Peer Health Exchange (PHE) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. The Peer Health Exchange is currently looking for an Executive Director for the Bay Area. The Area Executive Director is responsible for developing, managing, growing, and evaluating the PHE Bay Area Program, managing the Bay Area Program Associate, raising funds, managing and growing the Bay Area Board of Overseers, and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for the PHE Bay Area site. Applicants should have experience in supervising, managing, and training others; experience raising funds in a difficult economic environment; and a Bachelors or higher degree. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/359273-212

Youth Shelter Program of Westchester - Program Director (Mt. Vernon, NY)
The Youth Shelter Program of Westchester seeks an experienced Program Director to work with youth ages 16-21 involved in the criminal justice system. Candidate must possess a Master of Social Work or Masters Degree in a related field with 4 years supervisory experience. Knowledge of mental health, substance abuse and the criminal justice system is necessary. Must have experience working with at-risk adolescents, as well as facilitating therapeutic groups. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/359368-306

New York Road Runners - Developmental Track and Field Series Manager (New York, NY)
New York Road Runners (NYRR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of distance running, enhancing health and fitness for all, and responding to community needs. The Youth Programs division works to establish community-based running programs in underserved areas for children ages 5-19. The Developmental Track and Field Series Manager will work under the direction of NYRR Youth Programs and NYC Department of Education’s Office of Fitness & Health Education (OFHE). NYRR works closely with OFHE through the Developmental Track and Field Series to improve and expand physical education for public school students in grades 3-8. The ideal candidate possesses strong management and communication skills, track and field knowledge, and three years of relevant work experience. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/359344-233

First 5 Alameda County - Child Wellness Coordinator (San Leandro, CA)
First 5 Alameda County supports families with young children at home, in child care and in the community. First 5 works to ensure that every child reaches his or her developmental potential. The Local Child Wellness Coordinator will oversee all local Project Launch activities, staff a Local Council on Young Child Wellness that oversees the development and implementation of a Project Launch strategic plan, and identify sustainable strategies for successful aspects of the community program. A Bachelors degree in public health, child development, social work, or related field required. Masters degree in public health, public administration, social work or related field strongly preferred. Applicants should also have a minimum four years experience in an organization that serves at-risk families with young children. Some experience in child development, public health, mental health or substance abuse prevention services required. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/358955-205

Mojave, California Area Schools - School Nurse (Mojave, CA)
The Mojave, California area schools are seeking a School Nurse for Elementary and Jr. High School aged children. This position is for the remainder of the 2009-2010 school year. A Bachelors degree in nursing as well as a RN license is required for this position. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.sunbeltstaffing.com/jobs/full-time-school-nurse-rn-mojave-ca/hc/12911761/j/

Oak Park, Illinois Area Schools - Part-time School Nurse (Oak Park, IL)
The Oak Park, Illinois area schools are looking for a part-time Registered Nurse. This position will require approximately 5 hours per week. A bachelors degree in nursing is required. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.sunbeltstaffing.com/jobs/school-nurse-part-time-oak-park-il/hc/12900890/j/