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Weekly InsiderMay 06, 2010

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 Health Games Research Database, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneer Portfolio, is an online tool for resources related to digital health games.

Understanding Depression Across Cultures, by the Family Connections Project at Children's Hospital Boston, is a report that describes a comprehensive approach to strengthening the capacity of Early Head Start and Head Start staff in dealing with parental depression.

Key Issue: Recruiting Teachers for Schools Serving English Language Learners, by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, is an issue brief that discusses the challenge of finding teachers who are qualified to teach English Language Learners (ELLs).


New from the Center

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools recently posted a new report, Youth Health Coordinating Council Ward 8 Secret Health Clinic Shopper Report, by the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools and supported by a grant from the Horning Family Fund. The report discusses findings from a project that looked the access to youth health services in seven clinics in Ward 8 of Washington, DC. The report is available on our website at: http://healthinschools.org/en/Publications-and-Resources/Publications/Research-Papers.aspx

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools is sponsoring a Webinar, Promising Models for Funding and Sustaining School Mental Health Services to Immigrant and Refugee Families, on May 20, 2010, at 2 pm ET. School-based mental health programs have historically struggled to develop sustainable funding and financing arrangements. This webinar will feature a panel of school-based mental health administrators who will discuss their successes in developing financing models for their programs. All three programs are currently serving immigrant and refugee student populations and their families. The webinar will feature three different school mental health delivery models: a school district mental health model, a school-based health center school district partnership model and a community mental health school district partnership model. Each will discuss their funding and sustainability strategies. Our three presenters are part of the Robert Wood Johnson Caring Across Communities initiative, a national grant program that has focused on meeting the mental health needs of immigrant and refugee students through school-based and school connected mental health programs. To register, please click here.

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Take Our School-Based/School-Connected Mental Health Services Survey! The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools is gathering information from schools and school systems about the current state of school-based and school-connected mental health services. The purpose of this activity is to guide the Center in developing technical assistance tools and programs based on an assessment of how school mental health needs are currently being met, by whom, and how sufficient and effective the services are in meeting student/school system needs. We appreciate your time in answering these questions about school-based/school-connected mental health services. Please note your individual answers will remain confidential. To take the survey, click here.

A Healthy Future for All Our Children, a Caring Across Communities video presentation, has been posted to the Center for Health and Health Care in School's website. From 2007 – 2010, 15 school-connected community partnerships funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have helped immigrant and refugee children with mental health needs. These partnerships, supported through RWJ’s Caring Across Communities multi-site grant initiative, bring together students, educators, mental health agencies and other community organizations to build emotional and behavioral health services for immigrant and refugee children and youth. The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, located at the GW School of Public Health and Health Services, has served as the program manager. To view the video, click here.

Supporting Immigrant & Refugee Communities (SIRC) Listserv is now active! The listserv provides an opportunity to pose questions to the field, share information, and network with colleagues nationwide. We will also share lessons learned, tools, and information gained during the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Caring Across Communities grant initiative. For more information and to sign up, click here.


Important Topic

May 6 is National Children's Mental Awareness Day

US Department of Health and Human Services: National Children's Mental Awareness Day Official Website

CHHCS: School-based Mental Health

Mental Health America: National Mental Children's Mental Health Awareness Day


Upcoming Meetings

Washington, DC: National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Celebration. May 6, 2010. For more information, please visit: http://www.samhsa.gov/children/national.aspx

Portland, OR: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Annual Conference. June 6-10, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.cste.org/conference/

Orlando, FL: 2010 National School Safety Conference. July 25 - 30, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.schoolsafety911.com/event.html

Washington, DC: 2nd Annual International Swine Flu Conference. August 18-19, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.new-fields.com/ISFC/

Oakland, CA: California Adolescent Health Collaborative. October 28-29, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.californiateenhealth.org/conference_2010_overview.asp

Denver, CO: American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition. November 6-10, 2010. For more information and to register for this information, please visit: http://www.apha.org/meetings/


Previously Posted Meetings

Worcester, MA: Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents - Recognizing & Treating the Emerging Epidemic. May 20, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: https://www.meds-pdn.com/continuing_education.php?seminar_id=2920

St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention, and Training (MOAPPP) - Helping Teens Get Smart About Their Bodies, Sexuality, and Lives. June 10, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://youthtoday.org/detail/event.cfm?event_id=549&id=103

Rapid City, SD: Reclaiming Youth Conference. June 26, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.reclaiming.com/content/

Chicago, IL: NASN 42nd Annual Conference - Vision, Voice, Visibility. June 29 - July 3, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.nasn.org/Default.aspx?tabid=109

San Fransico, CA: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition. October 2-5, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.aapexperience.org/

Kansas City, MO: 84th Annual ASHA School Health Conference - Healthy Students...Successful Learners. October 13-16, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.ashaweb.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3315


Job Opportunities

Say Yes to Education, Inc. - Director of Student Services (New York, NY)
Safe Roots to School National Partnership – Development Director (Various locations)
YAI-National Institute for People with Disabilities – Bilingual Spanish School Psychologist (Bronx, NY)
Warren Elementary School – School Nurse (Warren, VT)
Rivendell Interstate School District - School Nurse (Orford, NH)
Tavares Educational Center - School Nurse Teacher (Providence, RI)


Grant Alerts

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration Center for Mental Health Services – Implementing Evidence-based Prevention Practices in Schools (Deadline: 5/10/10)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services invites proposals for the Implementing Evidence-based Prevention Practices in Schools program. The purpose of this grant program is to prevent aggressive and disruptive behavior among young children in the short term and to prevent drug use and anti-social behavior in the long term. Grantees will use evidence-based strategies to promote this purpose. The program will promote academic success and behavioral health.

Sierra Health Foundation – Health Leadership Program Grants (California) (Deadline: 6/1/10)
The Sierra Health Foundation invites northern California nonprofit executives (both current and potential) to apply for their Health Leadership Program. The program strives to reward, develop, and retain health leaders in northern California. The program involves classroom activities, team action learning projects, and peer-to-peer exchange opportunities. The activities are held in Sacramento CA over two and three day sessions from October 2010 to March 2011.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, Center for Mental Health Services – Project LAUNCH Grants (Deadline: 5/17/10)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services invites proposals for Project LAUNCH. The purpose of this program is to address the wellness needs of children ages birth to eight years through a systematic community planning process. The program defines wellness as optimal functioning across all developmental domains: physical, social, behavioral, emotional, and cognitive health. The goal of the program is to provide a safe environment for children to grow and enter school ready to learn and able to succeed. Proposed projects must utilize evidence-based or best practices in prevention.

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation – Child Development Grants (Deadline: 7/15/10)
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations 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 new and 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, to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Improving Quality and Value in Health Care: Ideas From the Field (Deadline: 5/19/10)
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced a Call for Proposals for the Improving Quality and Value in Health Care: Ideas From the Field initiative. The purpose of this solicitation is to study efforts in the following specific areas in order to understand how they may lead to better healthcare quality and lower costs: value-based purchasing; data collection and aggregation for performance measurement; quality improvement support; and public reporting of provider performance.

The Colorado Trust – Building Public Will to Achieve Access to Health (Colorado) (Deadline: 5/18/10)
The Colorado Trust has issued a Request for Letters of Intent for the Building Public Will to Achieve Access to Health initiative. The purpose of the program is to increase awareness, understanding and support to help achieve and sustain access to health for all Coloradans. The goals of the initiative include communicating shared ideas, cultivating a strong network of organizations and champions aligned around health care priorities, and fostering public support with Coloradans actively calling for increased and sustained health care and coverage.



New Resources

The Health Games Research Database, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneer Portfolio, is an online tool for resources related to digital health games.The database makes resources, games, research findings, publications, organizations, and events available in one searchable location. The database is designed to serve a wide range of people from physicians and health promoters to students and game developers.

Understanding Depression Across Cultures, by the Family Connections Project at Children's Hospital Boston, is a report that describes a comprehensive approach to strengthening the capacity of Early Head Start and Head Start staff in dealing with parental depression. Cultural differences sometimes causes a disconnect between the school and home life, which can be harmful to children. In an effort to combat this issue, the report examines depression across cultures and the importance of cultural sensitivity in mental health outreach.

Key Issue: Recruiting Teachers for Schools Serving English Language Learners, by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, is an issue brief that discusses the challenge of finding teachers who are qualified to teach English Language Learners (ELLs). The brief offers recruitment benefits, tips, strategies and resources, and real-life examples to help recruit ELL teachers.


Job Opportunities

Say Yes to Education, Inc. - Director of Student Services (New York, NY)
Say Yes to Education, Inc. (SYTE) is a national, nonprofit education foundation committed to increasing high school and college graduation rates for our nation's inner-city youth. The purpose of the Director of Student Services is to provide regular assessment and monitoring of student academic performance and social/emotional well being; utilize research based assessments to determine students’ needs and to monitor students’ academic, social, emotional, talent development progress toward SYTE goals; and administer psychosocial assessments as needed for the purpose of identifying student needs. Applicants should have a Masters in Social Work or Counseling, five years relevant experience post-masters, and a minimum of 3 years experience working in a social service or counseling capacity in or with schools. For more information and to apply to this posting, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/377277-320

Safe Roots to School National Partnership – Development Director (Various locations)
The Safe Roots to School National Partnership is seeking a Development Director to manage and grow the fundraising efforts. Candidates must have experience with a variety of funding sources including corporate, foundation, and major donor solicitations. The Development Director will split time between fundraising (75% of time) and partner outreach and collaboration (25% of time). All staff work from home. Four years of experience developing, leading, and managing fundraising campaigns is required. For more information and to apply for this position, please visit: http://saferoutespartnership.org/DevelopmentDirector

YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities – Bilingual Spanish School Psychologist (Bronx, NY)
The New York League for Early Learning, a member of the YAI network National Institute for People with Disabilities, is seeking a Bilingual Spanish School Psychologist. The organization provides special education and early intervention for young children birth to age 5 with developmental disabilities and learning delays. The Psychologist position is located in one of the New York League for Early Learning preschools. Job responsibilities include performing psychological assessments and evaluations; conducting classroom consultation for behavioral management; coordinating and leading family sessions; and providing play therapy and counseling. Candidates must have a MA/MS in Psychology, be certified in New York as a bilingual school psychologist, and have the Bilingual Extension in Spanish. For more information and to apply for this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/377475-257

Warren Elementary School – School Nurse (Warren, VT)
The Warren Elementary School is looking for a part-time school nurse to work two days a week. Qualified candidates will be licensed as a school nurse and have knowledge of best school nursing practices. The nurse will interact with families and contribute positively to the school climate through health care. Three years of experience and a bachelor’s degree are preferred. For more information and to apply for this position, please visit: http://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=35832&utm_source=Indeed&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=Indeed

Rivendell Interstate School District - School Nurse (Orford, NH)
The Rivendell Interstate School District is seeking a part-time school nurse to serve at the elementary school level. Candidates must possess, or be eligible to possess, a VT Department of Education PreK-6 School Nurse license and a VT State Board of Nursing license. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=36147

Tavares Educational Center - School Nurse Teacher (Providence, RI)
The Tavares Educational Center is seeking a School Nurse. Applicants should be certified by the Rhode Island Department of Education as a School Nurse Teacher (RN) to work with medically fragile and developmentally disabled children in grades K-12. Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States is required. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=35936