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Weekly Insider 11.06.2009

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
 
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center has recently released a new report,  Promoting Oral Health in Schools: A Resource Guide
, which recognizes the value of engaging schools in promoting healthy oral practices.

Community Health Leaders Address Health and Health Care for Immigrants and Their Families, 
a new publication by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, identifies that the health of immigrants is declining due to stress and fear of deportation as a result of seeking care.

Children in Immigrant Families – The U.S. and 50 States: The Economic Need Beyond the Official Poverty Measure, a new report from Child Trends and the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis, identifies that children in immigrant families have a poverty rate of 34.1 percent compared to the official poverty rate of 20.7 percent.

New from the Center

The National Assembly on School-Based Health Care annual conference will be the destination for most of our staff this week. Visit the Center’s booth to say hello to Theresa Chapman and pick up recent publications (see below) or join us at the following workshops:  Donna Behrens on health care reform at Session E1 (6/26, 1:30pm); Olga Acosta Price on marketing mental health services to your school principal at Session D5 (6/26, 9:30am – 12:00pm) and Julia Lear on engaging parents in school-connected mental health programs at Session E5 (6/26, 1:30pm) and leadership succession planning at Session F1 (6/26 – 3:15pm).

The Center has released Issue Brief #2, Partnering with Parents and Families to Support Immigrant and Refugee Children at School, written by Eileen Gale Kugler. The issue brief provides background on the impact of the immigrant and refugee experience on children and youth and the importance of engaging the entire family in addressing the mental health needs of immigrant and refugee students to build a crucial home-school partnership that may open doors to student success. View Issue Brief #2 here under Publications for Caring Across Communities

On Thursday, May 21, 2pm EST the Center held its third webinar on Understanding the rise in suicide attempts in Latina teens presented by Dr. Luis Zayas, professor at the School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. The webinar examined the high rate of suicide attempts by adolescent Latinas in the US and factors that may contribute to the rate. To access the archived webinar (PowerPoint and audio), click here.



Important Topics

Major changes in health care are under discussion. For a quick update on the big issues and those that relate specifically to health at school, read the following documents.


Upcoming Meetings


  • Boston, MA: Critical Issues in Urban Special Education: Improving Outcomes for Young Children with Significant Mental Health Needs. July 13-17, 2009. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/k12/programs/use.html
  • New Orleans, LA: 19th Annual CityMatCH Urban Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference.  August 22-25, 2009. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.citymatch.org/conf_index.php

Previously Posted Meetings


  • Boston, MA: Summer Seminars 2009 for Afterschool Program Professionals. July 13-16, 2009. For more in formation and to register for the event, please visit: http://www.niost.org/summerseminars
  • University Park, PA: National Food Service Management Institute – Orientation to School Nutrition Management Seminar. August 10-14, 2009.  For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://nfsmi.org/Events.aspx?id=52 


Job opportunities

  • The Kidney TRUST – Program Director (Burlingame, CA)
  • YouthBuild USA – AmeriCorps Portfolio Manager (Somerville, MA)
  • Whitman-Walker Clinic – Public Benefits Coordinator (Washington, DC)
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health – Vaccine Investigator and Specialist (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Health For All, Inc. – Patience Care Director (Bryan, TX)
  • Family Health International – Research Associate I (Clinical Research Manager) (Durham, NC)


    Grant Alerts

    National Institutes of Health – School-Based Interventions to Prevent Obesity (R01) (Deadline: 7/6/09)
    The National Institutes of Health offers funding for School-Based Interventions to Prevent Obesity to encourage the formation of partnerships between academic institutions and systems for the implementation of school-based interventions that reduce the prevalence of obesity.

    Youth Service America – STEMester of Service Grants  (Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, and Washington)
    (Deadline: 7/15/09)
    Youth Service America is looking to implement a program to support middle school teachers and service-learning coordinators to strengthen classroom practices with service-learning projects.

    Government of the District of Columbia – Grants for Community-Based Organizations Serving Asian and Pacific Islander Populations (Washington, DC) (Deadline: 7/29/09)
    The Government of the District of Columbia and the Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs is accepting proposals for Community-Based Organizations serving Asian and Pacific Islander Populations. In particular, this grant opportunity seeks to support programs that provide services to the District’s Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the areas of health, education, legal, public safety, housing, business, and employment.

    WellPoint Foundation – Healthy Generation Grants (Deadline: 8/19/09)
    The WellPoint Foundation’s Healthy Generation Program supports organizations and programs that are committed to improving the health of communities.

    Heineman Foundation – Heineman Foundation Grants (Deadline: 9/1/09)
    The Heineman Foundation for Research, Education, Charitable and Scientific Purposes supports programs that prevent and treat childhood illness and that enable youth to think, create, and communicate effectively.

    Sunflower Foundation – Sunflower Trails Grants
    (Deadline: 9/10/09)    
    The Sunflower Trails Grants aim to support projects that work to increase physical activity by building community and school-based trails. The overall goal of this grant opportunity is to improve the health of students, families, and communities by creating new opportunities for physical activity.



  • New Resources

    The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center has recently released a new report, 
    Promoting Oral Health in Schools: A Resource Guide, which recognizes the value of engaging schools in promoting healthy oral practices. This resource guide provides peer-reviewed journal articles that have analyzed school-based mobile dental programs, financial feasibility of school models, that look that the interaction between obesity and oral health, among others. This guide also provides a number of materials, including dental practices, education, injury prevention and care, school readiness, and screening programs. This resource will be particularly useful for educators, policy makers, parents, communities, and health care workers that are working to improve the oral health of children and youth.

    Community Health Leaders Address Health and Health Care for Immigrants and Their Families, a new publication by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, identifies that the health of immigrants is declining due to stress and fear of deportation as a result of seeking care. In addition to presenting information on the factors influencing health care for immigrants, this report discusses strategies to improve the health of immigrants. Strategies devised by community health leaders who work with immigrant populations along the Mexico-U.S. border were presented in this publication. The health leaders identified four main recommendations, which focused on social determinants of health, funders’ attitudes and requirements, enforcement, and diseases and conditions. This publication will be of particular interest to individuals and organizations working to improve the health of the immigrant populations in the U.S.  

    Children in Immigrant Families – The U.S. and 50 States: The Economic Need Beyond the Official Poverty Measure, a new report from Child Trends and the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis, identifies that children in immigrant families have a poverty rate of 34.1 percent compared to the official poverty rate of 20.7 percent. However, the differences in poverty rates differ across the US. For instance, the difference is as low as 2 percent in 7 states, and is all the way up to 16-18 percent in three states and the District of Columbia. This report makes it clear that the official poverty rate underestimates the economic deprivation for the children from immigrant families.  Based on the analysis, this report provides a series of implications/recommendations for policy and programs. Some recommendations include adjusting the eligibility requirements of public programs to ensure all children living in poverty are getting their needs addressed, scaling-up approaches directed at immigrant families, and devoting resources to collect data to understand the economic circumstances of immigrant families. 
     

    Job opportunities

    The Kidney TRUST – Program Director (Burlingame, CA)
    The Kidney TRUST is seeking a Program Director. Responsibilities include developing and managing chronic kidney disease early detection strategy by implementing the TRUSTs national chronic kidney disease screening and education program, creating program strategies, engaging and managing the staff, and managing activities related to core program activities. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.opportunityknocks.org/JobseekerX/ViewJob.asp?JobID=jJ2L428VCgl%2FxduhvF%2BVga8jxrtD&Keywords=health


    YouthBuild USA – AmeriCorps Portfolio Manager (Somerville, MA)
    YouthBuild USA is seeking an AmeriCorps Portfolio Manager. Responsibilities include managing the relationships with the YouthBuild affiliates that have AmeriCorps members, providing on-site, phone, and electronic technical assistance, gaining familiarity with Federal Regulations and Provisions to assist local programs, and creating and implementing new technical assistance tools. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.opportunityknocks.org/JobseekerX/ViewJob.asp?JobID=6B9W%2F8wNR7SZ6zhbF7wKF6m3sOIp&Keywords=health 

    Whitman-Walker Clinic – Public Benefits Coordinator (Washington, DC)
    The Whitman-Walker Clinic is looking for a Public Benefits Coordinator. Responsibilities include performing intake and registration for all new clients, screening for public benefits eligibility, assisting clients in completing applications, and securing necessary supporting documentation. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/340713-260 

    Philadelphia Department of Public Health – Vaccine Investigator and Specialist   (Philadelphia, PA)
    The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is seeking a Vaccine Specialist. Responsibilities include performing refrigerator storage checks, redistributing short-dated vaccine between providers, and providing organizational support. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit:  http://cfusion.sph.emory.edu/PHEC/phec.cfm (Search Organization: Philadelphia Department of Public Health).

    Health For All, Inc. – Patience Care Director  (Bryan, TX)
    Health For All, Inc. is seeking a Patience Care Director. Responsibilities include coordinating and scheduling all professional clinical positions, developing resources and coordinating in house clinics, providing supervision of clinic volunteers and staff, managing a scheduling system for patients, and coordinating educational programs. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: 
    http://cfusion.sph.emory.edu/PHEC/phec.cfm (Search Organization: Health For All, Inc.)

    Family Health International – Research Associate I (Clinical Research Manager)  (Durham, NC)
    Family Health International is seeking a Research Associate. Responsibilities include managing clinical trials conducted at sites in the US in the area of HIV prevention, including protocol and procedures development, training, over site, and reporting. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit:  http://cfusion.sph.emory.edu/PHEC/phec.cfm.
    (Search term: Family Health International)