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Weekly Insider 25.02.2009

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.




Mark your calendar and pre-register now for our next webinar, Language issues when working with refugees and immigrants in the health/mental health field, on March 24, 2009 at 2pm EST. This webinar will hosted by Dr. Yeshashwork Kibour.
To register please click here or here.


New Resources
 
To illustrate the central role of health care costs in the financial struggles of many families in the United States, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured created the report, Snapshots from the Kitchen Table: Family Budgets and Health Care.


The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities provides state-by-state estimates of key provisions
in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that affect low- and moderate-income individuals.  With regard to youth, specific information is provided on education, childcare, child support and the child tax credit.

First Focus has launched a new website, ChildrensBudget.org.
This dynamic, interactive website gives you the tools to explore how the federal government invests taxpayer resources in children.

New from the Center

This past Tuesday, the Center hosted a webinar on Helping immigrant and refugee students achieve: Partnering with families to support student mental health needs. Over 700 people registered, but for those who were unable to join us, the webinar is archived here and here. Please note that the powerpoint does not begin until a few minutes into the recording. In addition, a copy of the powerpoint (no audio) is now available on our website. 

Caring Across Communities, a multi-set initiative to address 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 work done by each of our grantees, please click here.

Important Topic

Teens and Tobacco

  • Tobacco Still Biggest Health Threat for Kids: The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
  • Smoking Info for Teens: Nemours Foundation
  • Ten Ways to Help Teens Stay Smoke-free: Mayo Clinic
  • Infect Truth: The Truth Campaign

  • Upcoming Meetings

    Previously Posted Meetings

    Job opportunities

  • La Familia Counseling Center – Mental Health Specialists (Hayward, CA)
  • Larkin Street Youth Services - Manager of Research and Evaluation (San Francisco, CA)
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health – Program Officer for Healthy Birth Outcomes Initiative (Milwaukee/Madison, WI)
  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of School Health – Executive Program Associate (New York, NY)
  • Voices for Georgia’s Children – Policy Director (Atlanta, GA)
  • Howard Center – Director of Child, Youth and Family Services (Burlington, VT)


  • Grant Alerts

    Wal-Mart Foundation – State Giving Program Grant (Deadline: 4/17/09)
    Through the State Giving Program, the Wal-Mart Foundation seeks to support organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Foundation has four areas of focus: Education, Health and Wellness, Environmental Sustainability and Workforce Development/Economic Opportunity.


    Target – Family Violence Prevention Grant (Deadline: 5/31/09)
    Target’s Family Violence Prevention Grant is intended to support programs that strengthen families and communities by keeping them safe.  Target strives to prevent family violence by supporting programs that offer parenting classes and family counseling in addition to providing assistance to support groups and abuse shelters.

    Mountain Dew Voltage and Do Something, Inc. – Power in Numbers: Win Group Grants to Ignite Change (Deadline: 4/6/09)
    Mountain Dew Voltage and Do Something, Inc. are seeking youth teams that create and implement community-change projects. Submissions will be judged according to their ability to create measurable change, be focused on communities, have long-term problem solving actions, creativity, diversity and be youth led and driven.


    BJ’s Charitable Foundation – Community Program Grant (Deadline: 7/10/09)
    The BJ’s Charitable Foundation strives to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. The Foundation seeks organizations that promote safety and well-being of children and families, support education and health programs, provide community service opportunities and aid in hunger and disaster relief.

    Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation, Inc. - Youth Development Grant (Deadline: 4/1/09)
    The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation, Inc. strives to support programs that provide educational, cultural and career-development opportunities for youth. The Foundation is also committed to supporting health-related organizations that affect a diverse population of youth.

    A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc. – Early Child Education Grant (Deadline: 5/1/09)    
    The A.L. Mailman Family Foundation strives to promote the building of sustainable systems that provide access to high quality early learning experiences for all children. The Foundation also seeks to support children in the context of their families and communities.

    News Alerts

    Vaccine Court Denies Vaccines Cause Autism
    On February 12th Special Masters from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) denied petitioners’ claims that vaccines provided to children had caused autism spectrum disorder and refused any award of compensation from the Vaccine Fund for Injury.


    New Resources

    Snapshots from the Kitchen Table: Family Budgets and Health Care, a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, is based on interviews with 27 families in six cities across the United States. Pervasive uncertainty over job security and the ability to pay for basics such as food and housing was observed. Findings indicate health care costs were of particular concern for families with and without health insurance, leading many to forego or postpone needed care.

    According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, provisions providing relief to low- and moderate-income families facing serious budget shortfalls are among the most effective economic stimulus in the American Recovery and Reinvestment At of 2009. This paper provides short descriptions and tables with estimated state-by-state impacts of several key provisions, including the state fiscal stabilization fund, the emergency shelter grant programs, child care, child support, the child tax credit, and the supplemental nutrition assistance program.

    ChildrensBudget.org, a new website from First Focus, allows you to discover annual funding information for each federally supported program that aims to help our nation’s children. Options are available to view an overview of federal spending on children, search for funding data on more than 180 federal programs that benefit children, and compare funding categories.


    Job opportunities

    La Familia Counseling Center – Mental Health Specialists (Hayward, CA)
    La Familia Counseling Services has two full-time openings for Mental Health Specialists for Another Road to Safety (ARS)/ARS-Family Maintenance/Kinship Services pilot program. This program provides intensive prevention/early intervention services to families at risk for child abuse/neglect.
    For more information and to apply to this position, please visit
    http://www.opportunityknocks.org/JobSeekerX/ViewJob.asp?JobID=4ccLv7dmWxbmGvgSgrBEe07udCbm&Keywords=child+AND+health


    Larkin Street Youth Services - Manager of Research and Evaluation (San Francisco, CA)
    Larkin Street Youth Services provides a range of housing options—from immediate emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing—in addition to essential wraparound services that offer kids the resources and skills they need to exit street life. The Manager of Research and Evaluation’s chief responsibility is ongoing evaluation of program services.
    For more information and to apply to this position, please visit
    http://www.opportunityknocks.org/JobSeekerX/ViewJob.asp?JobID=sSncjIprRmVWywqtMuBzdg3xbNEU&Keywords=child+AND+health


    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health – Program Officer for Healthy Birth Outcomes Initiative (Milwaukee/Madison, WI)
    The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is seeking a Program Officer for the Healthy Birth Outcomes Initiative. Supported and directed by the School’s Wisconsin Partnership Program, this initiative aims to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in birth outcomes in Wisconsin.
    For more information and to apply to this position, please visit http://www.publichealthjobs.net/search/detail.cfm?jobID=7793


    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of School Health – Executive Program Associate (New York, NY)
    The Bureau of School Health (OSH) is a joint program of the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene responsible for promoting the health of the 1.3 million school children enrolled in approximately 1,800 public and non-public schools in New York City. The OSH is seeking an Executive Program Associate to provide administrative support to the Assistant Commissioner and Director of Special Projects.
    For more information and to apply to this position, please visit http://www.publichealthjobs.net/search/detail.cfm?jobID=7768

    Voices for Georgia’s Children – Policy Director (Atlanta, GA)
    Voices for Georgia's Children is an independent non profit corporation whose mission is to be a powerful voice for children and to inspire Georgians to act on their behalf. The Policy Director is responsible for the core content of Voices’ advocacy for policies to improve the well being of children.
    For more information and to apply to this position, please visit http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/329589-40


    Howard Center – Director of Child, Youth and Family Services (Burlington, VT)
    The Howard Center is seeking a Director of Child, Youth and Family Services to provide vision and overall administration for a continuum of 24-hour care programming that is family centered and trauma informed. Responsibilities include accountability for day-day operations, program development, budget management, oversight of 45-50 staff, and contract management.
    For more information and to apply to this position, please visit http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/329514-217