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Weekly InsiderOctober 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

Policy Statement: Children, Adolescents, Substance Abuse, and the Media, recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, urges the federal government to pass stricter laws limiting tobacco ads in all media accessible to children.

The Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series, published by the Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, are a series of guides used for formal training, self-instruction, desktop reference, and program development by those working with abused and neglected children and their families.

Darfur: The Culture and the People is a guide published by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) that focuses on Sudanese culture and history based on interviews with Darfurians currently living in the United States.


New from the Center

Healthy Schools: A Social Justice Issue? , written by a blogger for the Neenan Company, is an new entry featured on the Center's blog. The Neenan Company works pro-actively to further health and education benefits for everyone through maximizing the possibilities of the built environment. For more information about the topic, the Neenan Company blog or the work of the Neenan Company, please feel free to contact Kirsti@neenan.com. To check out the blog entry, click here: http://www.healthinschools.org/en/Immigrant-and-Refugee-Children/Blog.aspx.

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools posted a new report titled Comparative Case Study of Caring Across Communities: Identifying Essential Components of Comprehensive School-Linked Mental Health Services for Refugee and Immigrant Children. The report is an evaluation of the three-year Caring Across Communities grant program managed by the Center. The report, authored by Professor Clea McNeely and her colleagues at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, explored several aspects of the program, including the challenges experienced by the children and families the CAC programs served; the necessary components of comprehensive mental health services for refugee and immigrant children; and how partnerships between schools and multiple community agencies can work collaboratively to implement the necessary components of comprehensive mental health services. To view the report, please visit http://www.healthinschools.org/Immigrant-and-Refugee-Children/Caring-Across-Communities/CAC-Evaluation-Report.aspx

The archive of our webinar presentation “Promising Models for Funding and Sustaining School Mental Health Services to Immigrant and Refugee Families” held May 20, 2010 is now available. The presenters are Mark Sander, Minneapolis Public Schools, MN., Grace Valenzuela, Portland Public Schools, ME and Audrey Tucker, Family Service Association of Bucks County, PA. This webinar featured three different school based mental health models, partnerships and funding/sustainability strategies. All three presenters were part of the Robert Woods Johnson Caring Across Communities initiative, a national grant program that focused on school based and school connected mental health programs for immigrant and refugee students.

Caring Across Communities (CAC), a program of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, is featured in a new video from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The 15 participating CAC grantees developed community partnerships that supported school-based mental health programming for students, parents, and teachers.

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

Playground Safety

CHHCS: Playground Safety: How Safe Are Your School and Neighborhood Playgrounds?

Kids Health: Playground Safety

US Consumer Product Safety Commission: Playground Safety Publications

National Recreation and Parks Association: Playground Safety


Upcoming Meetings

Washington, DC: MCHB 75th Anniversary Celebration. October 20, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.hrsa.gov/ourstories/mchb75th/

San Antonio, TX: 16th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference. December 13-17, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/MCHEpi/2010/AboutConference.htm

Hartford, CT: NACCHO Annual 2011 Conference. July 20-22, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.naccho.org/events/nacchoannual2011/index.cfm

Webinar: Using New Media to Reach Students and/or Families. October 27, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?i=e32d0052-d0b4-4016-a73f-6e098a92e16e

Honolulu, HI: International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect: One World, One Family, Many Cultures-Strengthening Children and Families Affected by Personal, Intra-Familial and Global Conflict. September 26-29, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.ispcan.org/congress2010/welcome.html

Oakland, CA: California Adolescent Health Collaborative 2010 Adolescent Health Conference: "Promoting Healthy Transitions: Tweens, Teens and Young Adults". October 28-29, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.californiateenhealth.org/


Previously Posted Meetings

Austin, TX: Association for Community Health Improvement 2011 Conference. March 29-31, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.communityhlth.org/communityhlth/conf2011/annual11.html

Denver, CO: SOPHE 2010 Annual Meeting. November 4-6, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.sophe.org/annualmeeting.cfm

Jersey City, NJ: National Disproportionate Minority Contact Conference: Fundamental Fairness: Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice. October 23 - 25, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.juvjustice.org/conference_10.html

San Antonio, TX: National Conference in Pediatric Psychology. April 14-16, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.continuinged.ku.edu/programs/pedpsych/index.php

Orlando, FL: National After School Association’s 23rd Annual National Convention. April 16-18, 2011. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.naaconvention.org/

Bethesda, MD: Health Literacy Annual Research Conference. October 18-19, 2010. For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/healthliteracyconference/


Job Opportunities

Society for Public Health Education - Project Director, Public Health Policy (Washington, DC)
Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, School Health Services Program – School Nurse (Mishawaka, IN)
South Bay Mental Health Center – Social Worker (Salem, MA)
Harlem Dowling-Westside Center – Program Supervisor (New York, NY)
Hispanic Health Council- Director, Center for Community Health Research & Evaluation (Hartford, CT)
The Birchtree Center- Registered Nurse (Part Time) (Newington, NH)


Grant Alerts

Health Resources and Services Administration-Affordable Care Act Grants for School-Based Health Centers Capital Program (Deadline: 12/1/10)
The Health Resources and Services Administration released guidance for the Affordable Care Act Grants for School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) Capital Program. The purpose of the grant is to award funds to support the expanded capacity of school-based health centers to provide primary health care services to school-aged children. Funds are available for construction, renovation, and/or equipment expenses. Proposed projects should support the SBHC in providing more effective, efficient, and quality health care.

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky-Kentucky Healthy Futures Initiative (Deadline: 10/18/10)
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Invites Proposals for Kentucky Healthy Futures Initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to award grants to low-income and rural communities in Kentucky to improve access to health services, reduce health risks and disparities, and promote health equity.

National AIDS Fund-Access to Care Initiative
(Deadline: 11/15/10)
The purpose of the Access to Care initiative is to increase the access and utilization of effective HIV healthcare for those affected by HIV/AIDS, particularly those living in poverty who know their HIV status but are not receiving HIV-specific care or support.

American Library Association-Great Stories CLUB (Deadline: 11/19/10)
The Great Stories CLUB is a reading and discussion program that targets underserved, troubled teen populations. The program reaches teens through books that are relevant to their lives, inviting them to read and keep the books, and encourages them to consider and discuss each title with a group of their peers.

got breakfast? Foundation-Silent Hero Grant Program (Deadline: 11/15/10)
The purpose of the Silent Hero Grant Program is to encourage schools and nonprofit organizations to expand the reach of under-utilized child nutrition programs, most notably the National School Breakfast Program.

California Department of Education-California School Breakfast Program (California) (Deadline: 11/1/10)
The purpose of the California School Breakfast Program is to provide funding for initiating or expanding a school breakfast programs serving K-12 students, as well as for summer food service programs serving children and youth up to 18 during school breaks.


News Alerts


New Resources

Policy Statement: Children, Adolescents, Substance Abuse, and the Media, recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, urges the federal government to pass stricter laws limiting tobacco ads in all media accessible to children. The 11 page report encourages the entertainment industry to take active measures to counteract the glamorization of tobacco use in order to lessen the number of young smokers.

The Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series, published by the Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, are a series of guides used for formal training, self-instruction, desktop reference, and program development by those working with abused and neglected children and their families. Several guides have recently been updated and are available free of charge on the Child Welfare Information Gateway web site. Guides offer information on identifying, preventing, and effectively responding to child maltreatment.

Darfur: The Culture and the People
is a guide published by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) that focuses on Sudanese culture and history based on interviews with Darfurians currently living in the United States. The guide covers topics such as healthcare, the day-to-day routine of Darfurians, family structure, genealogy, and gender roles.


Job Opportunities

Society for Public Health Education - Project Director, Public Health Policy (Washington, DC)
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is seeking a Project Director for Public Health Policy to provide leadership to the SOPHE cooperative agreement to educate policymakers regarding chronic disease and lead SOPHE’s policy advocacy efforts on health promotion and health equity. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: leading SOPHE’s federal advocacy activities that address and promote public health education programs; working with the National Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Coalition to develop its infrastructure, educate policymakers, identify funding sources, and develop a strategic plan; leading the planning effort for the Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC; and assisting in the development, implementation, and evaluation of SOPHE’s strategic plan. Applicants should have a Master's degree in public health, health education (or related field) with at least two years of postgraduation experience involving policy analysis and advocacy at the federal and/or state level; or Bachelor’s degree in government relations, political science (or related field) with a minimum of five years experience in public health policy and advocacy at the federal and/or state level. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.sophe.org/Sophe_Jobs_Internship.cfm

Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, School Health Services Program – School Nurse (Mishawaka, IN)
Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center seeks a School Nurse. The School Nurse will improve and protect the health status of students and facilitate the learning process by removing any health related barriers to education. A successful candidate will have a BSN and three years of nursing experience in a school setting. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: https://www.healthcaresource.com/thstjosephrmcsouthbend/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.jobDetails&template=dsp_job_details.cfm&cJobId=473735&source=Indeed.com

South Bay Mental Health Center – Social Worker (Salem, MA)
The South Bay Mental Health Center seeks social workers. South Bay Mental Health Center provides a continuum of community-based services to children, families, and adults. A successful candidate will possess a Masters degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or a related field. For more information and to apply for this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/397029-272/c

Harlem Dowling-Westside Center – Program Supervisor (New York, NY)
The mission of the Harlem Dowling-Westside Center is to help children and their families in crisis through foster care, adoption, preventive services, and related assistance to help create a stable and nurturing environment. The Program Supervisor is responsible for the overall casework supervision of child welfare, foster care services, and service delivery for children and families referred by ACS, community providers and self referrals. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Masters Degree in Social Work or related field, and have three to five years supervisory experience in preventive services or a related field. 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=393073-321

Hispanic Health Council- Director, Center for Community Health Research & Evaluation (Hartford, CT)
FThe Hispanic Health Council, a community-based organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of Latinos, seeks a Director for their Center for Community Health Research & Evaluation. The Director will be responsible for developing and implementing research and evaluation strategies, enhancing research operating infrastructure, and building partnerships to support critical research and to provide funding. Successful candidates will have excellent organizational and communication skills, and at least five to eight years of relevant applied research experience. A Ph.D. in public health or a related field is required. For more information and to apply for this position, please visit: http://www.hispanichealth.com/hhc/

The Birchtree Center- Registered Nurse (Part Time) (Newington, NH)
The Birchtree Center seeks a Registered Nurse. The Nurse will serve as a part time consultant to The Birchtree Center’s year-round educational day program for students with autism aged two to twenty-one years old. Successful applicants will have four or more years of experience as Registered Nurse, preferably in a school, special education, or pediatric setting. A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and a current New Hampshire RN license is required. Understanding of autism and experience working with students with autism is a plus. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit: http://www.birchtreecenter.org/contribute/employment-opportunities