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Weekly Insider 23.10.2007

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 this month at the Center

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools is delighted to announce the appointment of Donna Behrens as its new Associate Director.

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools is partnering with Action for Healthy Kids to help promote wellness within the school environment. Action for Healthy Kids is conducting an online survey to gather perspectives and opinions on the current state of school wellness. The 10-minute survey addresses critical issues in school wellness, including barriers and opportunities surrounding what’s working for and against school wellness, and what more it will take to insure adequate nutrition and physical activity for all children.  To take the survey, click here.

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) has updated its popular fact sheet, Childhood Overweight: What the Research Tells Us. The fact sheet includes findings from articles published through July 2007. To view the latest version, click here.

October 2007 E-Journal
-- What's Ahead for Children's Health Insurance?
-- School-Based Health Centers Found to Improve Access, Quality of Care for Low-Income Adolescents
-- Legal Battles over Vaccines and Autism
-- The Continuing School Food Controversy

The Center is pleased to announce the winner of our school health resources raffle from the Center for School Mental Health Conference held October 25-27, 2007 in Orlando, FL.  Ms. Paula Coleman will receive the following books: School Health Services and Programs, Safe and Healthy School Environments and the School Services Sourcebook.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth.

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New resources

The Division of Adolescent and School Health at CDC has posted the results of its most recent School Health Policies and Program Study, on its web site. The SHPPS is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels. State level reports are also available. This report presents data from 2006.

Kidshealth.org has published the results of a survey called Kids Talk About Halloween Candy asking kids about their consumption of Halloween candy and whether their parents limit their candy intake.

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Important topics

MRSA in school settings

October is Halloween Safety Month

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Upcoming meetings

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Previously posted meetings

  • San Antonio, TX:  National Association of Secondary School Principals 92nd Annual Convention and Exposition. For more information please visit http://www.nasspconvention.org/
  • Fort Worth, TX:  American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 123rd National Convention and Exposition. For more information please visit http://member.aahperd.org/convention
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Grant alerts

Center for Nonprofit Advancement -- The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management (Washington, DC metropolitan area)

(Deadline: 12/15/07)
The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is accepting applications for the Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.

The Allen Foundation, Inc. -- Nutrition Grants (Deadline: 12/31/07)
The Allen Foundation Inc. is accepting applications for its Nutrition Grants program. The purpose of the program is to improve people’s nutrition through supporting projects, such as nutritional research, nutrition education and training of mothers before and after giving birth, and training assistance to educators and demonstrators of good nutritional practices.

Nickelodeon -- Let’s Just Play Giveaway (Deadline: 1/9/08)
Nickelodeon is accepting entries in its Let’s Just Play Giveaway. The purpose of the giveaway is to support physical education, nutrition, and recreation programs in schools or communities.

Youth Service America -- Youth at the Center (Deadline: 11/30/07)
Youth Service America, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is accepting applications for its Youth at the Center grant program. The purpose of the program is to have organizations replicate previously effective practices that engage youth (age 5-25) in addressing significant social issues, such as climate change, hunger, disease, nutrition, literacy, disaster relief, and poverty.

U.S. Department of Justice -- Gang Resistance Education Training (Deadline: 12/13/07)
The U.S. Department of Justice is accepting applications for its Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T) grant program. The purpose of the program is to support school-based primary prevention of delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership through the school-based G.R.E.A.T Program.

General Mills Foundation -- Champions for Healthy Kids (Deadline: 1/15/08)
The General Mills Foundation, in collaboration with the American Dietetic Association Foundation and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, is accepting applications for its Champions for Healthy Kids grant program. The purpose of the program is to support sustainable, effective programs that lead to youth adopting balanced diets and physically active lifestyles.

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News alert

House Passes Revised SCHIP
The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed a revised version of a bill to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), but changes made in the legislation after President Bush vetoed an earlier bill were not believed to be enough to overcome an expected second veto. The new bill, H.R. 3963, limits eligibility for SCHIP to children from families making no more than 300 percent of the federal poverty level, or approximately $62,000 for a family of four.


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New Resources

The Division of Adolescent and School Health at CDC has posted the results of its most recent School Health Policies and Program Study, on its web site. The SHPPS is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels. State level reports are also available. This report presents data from 2006.

Kidshealth.org has published the results of a survey called Kids Talk About Halloween Candy asking kids about their consumption of Halloween candy and whether their parents limit their candy intake.

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Job Opportunities


Mental Health Association of Montgomery County -- Mental Health Therapist (Rockville, MD)
The Mental Health therapist will provide part-time mental health services to at-risk children and families in a school-based collaborative program. For more information and to apply for this position please click here.

Family Stress Center Executive Director (Concord, CA)
The Executive Director will oversee the financial and administrative aspects of operating a large mental health program for children and families.  He or she will supervise clinic services as well as the school-based programs.  For more information and to apply for this position please click here.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia -- Outreach Manager, Young Driver Initiative (Philadelphia, PA)
The Outreach Manager will develop a social marketing campaign targeting young drivers, parents and educators.  He or she must work closely with advocacy organizations, funding sources and stakeholders to supervise a teen driving curriculum.  For more information and to apply for this position please click here.