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Weekly InsiderMay 04, 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

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adolescent School Victimization: Implications for Young Adult Health and Adjustment, published in the Journal of School Health, surveyed 245 LGBT young adults between the ages of 21 and 25 to determine long-term implications of middle and high school victimization.

A Fact Sheet Reporting National, State, and City Trends in Teen Childbearing, from Child Trends, shows teen birth rates by age, marital status, ethnicity, state, and over the last 5 decades.

Let’s Move, an initiative launched by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, provides resources for children, parents, schools, community leaders and other caregivers, to fight childhood obesity.


Center Resources

HealthinSchools Roundtable. The Center for Health & Health Care in Schools has launched its new weekly blog, written by CHHCS founder and senior advisor Julia Graham Lear. We’ve been appalled by recent deep cuts in funding for SBHCs, school mental health programs and school nurses. That said, we need to keep the mourning short, because reclaiming lost ground will be long and hard and that’s where our focus should be.
     
The blog will discuss whatever is important to you, but we’ve started the conversation with a focus on finance and policy.  Since we’ve all been building the field by learning from each other, we believe we will regain our momentum for school health the same way. Please check out the blog and share your experience, strength and hope. We need all three!
     
New Employee Training Manual & Proyecto Puentas Program Overview . Available on line: A training resource for school-based lay workers or promotoras (outreach workers in a Hispanic community who raise awareness of health and educational issues). The Imperial County Office of Education has made available its “New Employee Training Manual” based on its successful Student-Assistant Representative program. Access the training manual here.

Imperial County, located in southeast California on the U.S. border, uses promotoras to provide paraprofessional counseling, facilitate student and family support groups, conduct informational groups, and make classroom presentations. Among many topics, this New Employee Training Manual includes information on training in communications, group facilitation, accessing community resources, and the impacts of immigration. This project was funded in part through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Caring Across Communities national grant program, 2006 - 2010.

A powerpoint overview of “The Proyecto Puentas/Bridges Program”, a program designed to reduce mental health access barriers for immigrant children, is also available here.

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

May 1-7, 2011 is National Children's Mental Awareness Week

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Caring for Every Child's Mental Health

National Federation of Families For Children's Mental Health: National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

CHHCS: School-Based Mental Health


Upcoming Meetings

Irvine, CA: 10th Annual Health Literacy Conference. May 4-6, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

San Diego, CA: 6th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference. June 28-July 1, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.childhood-obesity.net/

Washington, DC: National Association of School Nurses 43rd Annual Conference. June 30 - July 3, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.nasn.org/Default.aspx?tabid=109

Bethesda, MD: National Children’s Study Environmental Summit. May 13, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: https://www.circlesolutions.com/ncs/envirosummit/

Atlanta, GA: National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media. August 9-11, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/NCHCMM/index.html


Previously Posted Meetings

Fairfax, VA: DC Health Communication Conference (DCHC). April 29-May 1, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://chrc.gmu.edu/2011DCHC.html

New Orleans, LA: National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) Annual Conference. May 16-18, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=931853

Philadelphia, PA: 5th Annual Autism Conference-The Voices of Advocacy. April 29, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.gtpartnerships.org/

Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. August 4-7, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.apa.org/convention/

Chicago, IL: 2011 CDC Disability and Health Partners Meeting. June 14-16, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.aucd.org/itac/detail/event.cfm?event_id=2443&parent=655&parenttitle=

Webinar: Health Education-Grant Writing. April 28, 2011 at 3:30-4:30PM EDT. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.aahperd.org/aahe/proDevelopment/webinars.cfm


Job Opportunities

City Connects-School Site Coordinator (Boston, MA)
York School Department-School Nurse (York, ME)
Kaiser Permanente-Senior Research Project Manager (Los Angeles, CA)
Mississippi State Department of Health-Evaluator/Epidemiologist (Greenwood, MS)
Lamoille South Supervisory Union-School Nurse (Morrisville, VT)
The Greene School-School Nurse (Part-time) (West Greenwich, RI)


Grant Alerts

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (Deadline: 4/27/11)
Toward Community Health (MATCH) will help spark action in communities to address the many factors that influence health. As the County Health Rankings illustrate, social and economic factors such as education and employment can affect health directly and indirectly, and those negative effects may accumulate over individuals’ lifetimes and continue unbroken through generations. The first round of the Community Grants program is open to communities that are ready to take action to address the social and economic factors that affect health—factors which have a significant impact on health outcomes, yet are often ignored in community health improvement activities. 

Build a Bear-Champion Fur Kids Grant (Deadline: 10/28/11)
The purpose of the Champion Fur Kids Grant is to fund health and wellness programs such as childhood disease research foundations, child safety organizations and organizations that serve children with special needs. Our goal is to provide grants to help many programs that are working hard to make the world a healthier and happier place for kids. 

National Education Association Foundation-Nickelodeon-K-8 Public School Educators Big Help Grants (Deadline: 6/1/11)
Nation Education Association (NEA) Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants program is dedicated to the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches to addressing four key concerns: environmental awareness, health and wellness, students' right to a quality public education, and active community involvement. The grants target these four concerns as areas of great promise in helping 21st century students develop a sense of global awareness that encourages and enables them to make a difference in their world.

Yes to Seed Fund and Whole Foods Market-K-12 School Garden Grants (Deadline: 5/31/11)
The Yes to Seed fund, a nonprofit program has partnered with Whole Foods Market to offer grants for school gardens. The program is designed to provide students with engaging ways to learn about nutrition and the importance of fruits and vegetables.

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation-Programs to Help Children (Deadline 7/15/11)
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is accepting proposals for projects that meet one of the foundation's two basic purposes--to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth; and to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-established organizations, so that such information can be more adequately used by society.


A New USDA Memo Reminds That Making Water Available to Schoolchildren is Required
A new memo from the USDA reminds school lunch administrators that the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2010 (The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296) requires making water available to children in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).


New Resources

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adolescent School Victimization: Implications for Young Adult Health and Adjustment, published in the Journal of School Health, surveyed 245 LGBT young adults between the ages of 21 and 25 to determine long-term implications of middle and high school victimization. The results show that males reported higher rates of victimization compared with females and transgender individuals. Importantly, LGBT young adults who reported high rates of victimization during adolescence were 2.6 times more likely to report depression, 5.6 times more likely to report having attempted suicide, and were 2 times more likely to report an STD diagnosis. The authors conclude that the victimization of LGBT students in school has serious negative outcomes which school policies and programs should address.

A Fact Sheet Reporting National, State, and City Trends in Teen Childbearing, from Child Trends, lists teen birth rates by age, marital status, ethnicity, state, and over time. The fact sheet shows that while the overall teen birth rate is falling, a greater percentage of teenagers giving birth are unmarried.

Let’s Move, an initiative launched by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, provides resources for children, parents, schools, community leaders and other caregivers, to fight childhood obesity. The Let’s Move website contains information on problems caused by childhood obesity, healthy eating tips, strategies to stay active, and printable action plans. The School Action Plan includes information on planting a school garden, and how to incorporate nutrition and exercise education into school curriculums.


Job Opportunities

City Connects-School Site Coordinator (Boston, MA)
City Connects is a school-based collaboration among Boston Public Schools, community agencies, and Boston College that reinvigorates a core function of schools by implementing an innovative model of systemic student support. City Connects seeks a School Site Coordinator to establish and lead a team in schools that identifies student needs, connects students to prevention and early intervention services, and collaborates with school staff, community agencies, and parents. Qualifications include a Master’s Degree in School Counseling or related field, a License in School Counseling or related license, and experience working in a school environment. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/9sjx5mNtXWSP

York School Department-School Nurse (York, ME)
The York School Department is seeking a school nurse for their middle school to assist in teaching health classes, communicate with home/primary health care providers, educate staff about student health needs, assist in emergency preparedness, conduct student health screening and other work based on the school’s needs. Qualifications include a Registered Nurse license, School Nurse certification, and a citizenship, residency or work VISA in the US. One year of relevant experience is preferred. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=49483

Kaiser Permanente-Senior Research Project Manager (Los Angeles, CA)
Kaiser Permanente is seeking a Senior Research Project Manager to work with medical center physicians and trainees to develop study ideas, protocols, analytic plans, and manuscripts in a consultative and collaborative manner. The Senior Research Project Manager will work closely with a team to develop materials to facilitate physician research, function as a content expert and liaison to internal and external research project teams and provide technical expertise within and across research disciplines. The individual will serve as a content expert/advisor for other project managers and work independently with general supervision. Qualification requirements include, but are not limited to: a Master's Degree or equivalent experience in Public Health, Health Care Administration, Epidemiology or other related fields; extensive experience in one or more of the technical areas; prior experience as a Project Manager on at least four major projects, ability to lead and manage other professionals others through influence and collaboration; ability to conduct and interpret quantitative and qualitative analysis; ability to determine key business and financial issues and develop appropriate action from a multidisciplinary perspective; and leadership skills in project management and consulting. Bilingual applicants with a Master's degree and proficiency in Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Word, statistical instruments are preferred. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: https://www.kaiserpermanente.org/

Mississippi State Department of Health-Evaluator/Epidemiologist (Greenwood, MS)
The Mississippi State Department of Health is seeking an Evaluator/Epidemiologist to assist in the design of overall project evaluation, including defining outcomes, key indicators, and evaluation methods. Duties will include: identifying existing data sources or tools for the overall evaluation; providing guidance and assistance in the collection, compilation, analysis, and interpretation of project related data and statistics; providing advice about short, intermediate, and long term indicators for specific programs for use in monitoring; providing technical assistance in evidence based interventions for community health funded programs; and overseeing the development of an annual report of the overall evaluation. Qualifications include, but are not limited to: a Doctoral Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Epidemiology, Public Health, Statistics, Bio-statistics, Health Planning, or Health Care Administration; and two years of experience in related field, or a Master’s Degree in a related field with four years of experience, or a Bachelor's degree in a related field with five years of experience. Applicant must have experience in providing evaluation training and technical assistance in both formal and informal settings, managing external contracts, developing protocols for and/or identifying promising practices, indicators and performance measures, and conducting impact evaluations. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://cfusion.sph.emory.edu/PHEC/JobDetails.cfm?JobID=35735

Morristown School District-School Nurse (Morrisville, VT)
The Morristown School District is seeking a School Nurse to promote health and safety in the school environment, provide a full range of health services consistent with School Quality Standards to students, assist with teaching sound health practices, and maintain student records of all such services. Qualifications include a Registered Nursing license and possession or eligibility to receive a Vermont Educator’s License with a School Nurse endorsement. Citizenship, residency or work VISA in the US is required. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=49443

The Greene School-School Nurse (Part-time) (West Greenwich, RI)
The Greene School is seeking a part-time School Nurse to review records, conduct screenings, organize and facilitate medication distribution during school hours and other related school health needs. The Nurse will also be responsible for writing and maintaining individual health plans for students with diabetes, allergies or other chronic health needs. Citizenship, residency or work VISA in the US is required. A Bachelor’s degree and one year of relevant experience is preferred. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=40548