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Weekly InsiderNovember 18, 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 Children Born in 2001 at Kindergarten Entry: First Findings From the Kindergarten Data Collections of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), released by the Education Statistics Services Institute at the American Institutes for Research, provides comprehensive and reliable data about children’s early development; their home learning experiences; their experiences in early care and education programs; their health care, nutrition, and physical well-being; and how their early experiences relate to their later development, learning, and success in school.

Safe Routes to School State Network Project: 2007-2009 Final Report, released by the Safe Routes to Schools State Network Project and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, summarizes the progress that the State Network Project has achieved in its three years of operation in making school routes safer for children.

Be Active Your Way, sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, is a new blog aimed at stimulating dialog among professionals who encourage Americans to get the physical activity they need according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.


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

November 19, 2009 is the annual Great American Smokeout

•    American Cancer Society: The Great American Smokeout Challenge

•    CHHCS: Tobacco Still Biggest Health Threat for Kids

•    Prevention Partners: Great American Smokeout


Upcoming Meetings

•   Webinar: Effects of Interdisciplinary Training on MCH Professionals, Organizations and Systems. November 19, 2009, 2:00-3:00 (EDT). For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.mchcom.com/liveWebcastDetail.asp?leid=407

•   Arlington, VA: Washington, DC Educator Convention. November 23-24, 2009. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.acsi.org/Educators/Conventions/tabid/599/itemId/2991/Default.aspx

•   Webinar: Collaborative Efforts for Emergency Planning between the ADPH and Healthcare Organizations. December 16, 2009. 3:00-5:00 PM (EDT). For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.adph.org/ALPHTN/Default.asp?id=1884

•   Irvine, CA: Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) Annual Health Literacy Conference. May 6-7, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

•   Portland, OR: Association of University Programs in Health Administration Annual Meeting 2010. June 3-9, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.aupha.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4062

•   Washington, DC: Global Health Council 2010. June 14-18, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.globalhealth.org/conference_2010


Previously Posted Meetings

Washington, DC: Children & Armed Conflict: Risk, Resilience & Mental Health. December 7-9, 2009. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

Tampa, FL: The 23rd Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference. March 7-10, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://rtckids.fmhi.usf.edu/CMHCONFERENCE

San Antonio, TX: Blueprints for Violence Prevention. April 7-9, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.blueprintsconference.com/about/

Atlanta, GA: SOPHE and Prevention Research Centers Program Joint 2010 Conference: Advocate, Communicate and Translate to Enhance Research and Practice. April 7-9, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.sophe.org/abstract_index.asp

Clearwater Beach, FL: The Quality of Behavioral Healthcare: A Drive for Change Through Research. April 13-14, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://bhsr.fmhi.usf.edu/main.php

New Haven, CT: The Unite for Sight Global Health & Innovation 2010 Conference. April 17-18, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference/


Job Opportunities

•    Union Settlement Association - Bilingual Psychotherapist/Clinical Social Worker (New York, NY)
•    Iris House - Health Educator/Case Manager (New York, NY)
•    Promoting Specialized Care and Health - Director of Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (Brooklyn, NY)
•    The YMCA of Greater New York, Long Island - Executive Director (Long Island, NY)
•    Randolph Public School District - Nurse Leader (Randolph, MA)
•    Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union - School Nurse (Richford, VT)


Grant Alerts

Corporation for National and Community Service - Summer of Service (Deadline: 12/10/09)
The purpose of the Summer of Service grants are to provide middle school youth, particularly those from disadvantaged circumstances, with service-learning experiences that will motivate them to become more civically engaged and aspire to obtain higher education.

Liberty Mutual - Responsible Sports Community Grants (Deadline: Rolling)
The Responsible Sports Community Grants program is aimed at helping to defray the costs of running a successful youth sports program.

US Department of Health and Human Services - Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (Deadline: 12/7/09)
The purpose of the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship is to provide financial support through traineeships for registered nurses enrolled in advanced education programs to prepare nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse-midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse administrators, nurse educators, public health nurses, and nurses in other specialties requiring advanced education.

The Allen Foundation - Nutrition Promotion Grant 
(Deadline: 12/31/09)
The Allen Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that promote human nutrition in the areas of health, education, training, and research. The Foundation's grantmaking priorities include: nutritional education for mothers during pregnancy and after the birth of their children, training for educators and demonstrators of good nutritional practices, and the dissemination of healthful nutritional information. Relevant nutritional research projects are also supported.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Public Health Prevention Service Fellowship (Deadline: 2/15/10)
The Public Health Prevention Service Fellowship is a 3-year training and service fellowship for master’s level public health professionals. The fellowship focuses on public health program management and provides experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation through specialized hands-on training and mentorship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in state and local health agencies.

Louis Calder Foundation - Education Grants for Children and Youth (Deadline: Rolling)
The Louis Calder Foundation seeks to improve the quality of education for children and youth at charter and parochial schools as well as community-based organizations.  The Foundation believes that a core curriculum in classic academic areas such a literacy, ethics, mathematics, and science are essential to optimum academic performance.


News Alert


New Resources

The Children Born in 2001 at Kindergarten Entry: First Findings From the Kindergarten Data Collections of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), released by the Education Statistics Services Institute at the American Institutes for Research, provides a comprehensive and reliable data about children’s early development; their home learning experiences; their experiences in early care and education programs; their health care, nutrition, and physical well-being; and how their early experiences relate to their later development, learning, and success in school. The data gathered provides a snapshot of the demographic characteristics, reading and mathematics knowledge, fine motor skills, school characteristics, and before- and after-school care arrangements of the cohort at the time they first began kindergarten.

Safe Routes to School State Network Project: 2007-2009 Final Report, released by the Safe Routes to Schools State Network Project and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, summarizes the progress that the State Network Project has achieved in its three years of operation. The purpose of the project is to to make it safer and easier for children to be physically active by walking and bicycling to school. The report outlines lessons learned, highlights accomplishments in each State Network and suggests next steps to maintain the momentum necessary to build the SRTS program at state levels.

Be Active Your Way, sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, is a new blog aimed at stimulating dialog among professionals who encourage Americans to get the physical activity they need according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. New blogs are posted each week and readers have the opportunity to post comments and share experiences with others.


Job Opportunities

Union Settlement Association - Bilingual Psychotherapist/Clinical Social Worker (New York, NY)
Union Settlement Association, established in 1895, is one of the largest social service agencies in East Harlem. The agency provides childcare, after-school programs, youth development, college preparation, adult education, programs for the elderly, mental health services, and more. Responsibilities of the Bilingual Psychotherapist/Clinical Social Worker include: providing individual, family, couples, and group psychotherapy and supportive counseling to clients; providing comprehensive assessment of all clients on caseload; conducting treatment planning for all clients on caseload; and providing crisis intervention for all clients on caseload. Applicants should be a LMSW or LCSW and English/Spanish bilingual. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/if/idealist/en/SiteIndex/AssetViewer/default?asset=Job&asset-id=358203-89

Iris House - Health Educator/Case Manager (New York, NY)
Iris House, a nonprofit agency in West Harlem, is seeking full-time permanent Health Educator/Case Manager for the Prevention Department. The Health Educator/Case Manager will conduct Mental Health and Substance Abuse screenings, encourage testing and enrollment into primary care, and ensure that the activities, events and/or interventions are delivered in a safe and healthy environment. Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services or an Associate’s degree and three years experiences in a Human Services field. Experience working with HIV/AIDS population, facilitating groups and presentations are preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, bilingual in English/Spanish and group facilitation skills are required. For more information and to apply to this posting, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/357801-325

Promoting Specialized Care and Health - Director of Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (Brooklyn, NY)
Promoting Specialized Care and Health (PSCH), a leader in the field of Behavioral Health and Human Services, seeks an experienced Clinic Director for Brooklyn Article 31 Mental Health Clinic. The Director will be responsible for the overall clinical and administrative operation of the Clinic, including training, supervising and evaluating staff, maintaining quality control of case records, reports, and statistics and overseeing preparation for program audits. Applicants must be LCSW and have 3-5 years supervisory/administrative experience. Must be a team player, able to multitask and work and function under pressure. For more information and to apply to this posting, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/357761-15

The YMCA of Greater New York, Long Island - Executive Director (Long Island, NY)
The YMCA of Greater New York is the largest non-profit youth-service organization in New York City. The organization has grown to encompass 19 membership branches and move than 150 sites throughout the five boroughs of NYC. The YMCA has an opening for an Executive Director at our Long Island site. The Executive Director will manage 150 employees and a budget of $7 million. The incumbent must have a proven record of strong fiscal management and government contract management along with experience in fund development, strategic planning, and staff leadership and development who can aggressively support the Long Island City YMCA’s strategic goals. Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree with 5-10 years of successful operational and management experience; preferably at Executive level; budget management experience; and excellent written and verbal communication skills. For more information and to apply to this posting, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/357697-218

Randolph Public School District - Nurse Leader (Randolph, MA)
The Randolph Public School District is seeking a Nurse Leader to represent the student population of Randolph Public Schools in the community for the purposes of health care planning and health education. Responsibilities include assessing the health care needs and outcomes of the student population of Randolph Public Schools; collaborating with district administration, nurses, community agencies, primary care providers, third party payers, to plan for and implement health care and programming for students and families; and developing and implementing Performance Improvement Goals based on assessment, planning, and implementation of health programming and care. Applicants must have citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States. For more information and to apply to this posting, please visit: http://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=32341

Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union - School Nurse (Richford, VT)
The Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union is seeking a school nurse for the Enosburg Falls Elementary, Middle & High School. Applicants should have at least 2 years of relevant experience, a Bachelors degree, and citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required. For more information and to apply to this posting, please visit: http://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=26275