CSHE New Training Opportunity!
Afforded through a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Center for School, Health and Education will offer its next professional development series designed for national, state, and local school-based health care (SBHC) leaders to strengthen their capacity for integrating comprehensive public health practices, services, and messages into the primary care that is delivered in schools. Training will begin in January, 2015. For more information, visit our Center’s Project’s page.
PLAY 60 Challenge
The American Heart Association and the National Football League have teamed up to develop the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge program. This program educates and inspires kids to be physically active in school and at home for at least 60 minutes every day. It also helps schools and youth organizations become places that encourage physically active lifestyles year-round. By leveraging the American Heart Association’s health expertise and the NFL’s commitment to physical fitness, schools and youth organizations can help achieve the goal of getting kids physically active for 60 minutes every day. All of the program materials are available for free download here.
APHA’s Get Ready Campaign is Now Accepting Entries for Its Annual Scholarship!
APHA’s Get Ready campaign is now accepting entries for its annual scholarship! College and high school students can win $400 to pay for their school costs. The scholarship challenges students to help Americans become more prepared by focusing on preparedness. Enter now at www.APHAGetReady.org.
National Youth Summit on Healthy Living
High school students who are passionate about healthy living and developing strategic action plans on a local and national level are invited to participate in the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living in Washington, DC. January 9-12, 2014. Adult chaperones and mentors are able to register their youth team today.
National Coalition for Healthier Schools: SURVEY on Extreme Climate Events and Schools
Healthy Schools Network is participating in the National Coalition for Healthier Schools’ short survey on extreme climate events and our nation’s schools. There is concern about the environmental conditions of America’s PK-12 schools and the Coalition would like to know if these extreme events are affecting your school community. Please take the short survey which should only take 3-5 minutes to complete: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2QBGYC2. For information about the national Coalition, see http://www.healthyschools.org/coalition.html.
A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention is now available
This book presents a public health approach to bullying prevention in a comprehensive and deliberate manner. Formal public health strategies have been used to combat infectious disease epidemics, tobacco use, and motor vehicle injuries. When applied to bullying, public health strategies provide a scientific approach to community planning, the use of evidence-based programs, coalition development, and the ability to change the culture in a school and community to one that is positive and strong. This text will serve as an invaluable resource to parents and professionals looking for advice on specific facets of school-based bullying. Purchase your copy today https://secure.apha.org/scriptcontent/beweb/orders/ProductDetail.cfm?pc=978-087553-0413!
School-Based Health Care: Advancing Educational Success and Public Health is now available as an e-book!
Doody’s Book Reviews, which focus on critiquing professional level healthcare publications, gave “School-Based Health Care: Advancing Educational Success and Public Health” a rating of three out of four stars. The review commended the text, saying, “there are no direct comparisons to this book, as it offers a pragmatic point of view of school-based health centers coupled with evidence to support their existence.”
As the first volume addressing practice, policy, and applied research on outcomes and impacts particular to school-based health care, this book captures current knowledge from practitioners, researchers, and policy advocates. Collectively, they share their experiences and wisdom on strategies that not only improve access to comprehensive health care, services, and programs but favorably impact health and educational equity. Read the full Press Release from APHA here.
Please visit http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/book/10.2105/9780875530062 to download your copy today! Or, you can order your copy from APHA Press.
School-Based Health Centers: National Census School Year 2010-011
The School-Based Health Alliance produces data for the national census report of the school-based health care field every three years, and data for 2010-2011 shows that school based-health centers are adapting to a transforming health care system and, in many instances, are early adopters of health care reform. Access the full report here.
Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) Introduces Legislation to Improve Children’s Access to Health Care
We applaud Congresswoman Capps for leading legislation that would provide continued federal support for critical, high-quality comprehensive health care, mental health care and social services at School-Based Health Centers across the country! The School-Based Health Centers Act would reauthorize the only source of federal resources dedicated to the operations of SBHCs. Read the full press release here: Legislation to Improve Children’s Access to Health Care.
Philanthropy as a Powerful Catalyst for Mobilizing Broad-Based Advocacy for Consumer-Centered Policy and Systems Change
At the close of 2012, CSHE authored a report entitled, Philanthropic Investment in Policy Advocacy – Being Bold to Change Lives: The Impact and Experiences of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation School-Based Health Care Policy Program. This report highlights the significant advocacy achievements of the School-Based Health Care Policy Program (SBHCPP) as a result of philanthropic investments from the Kellogg Foundation. A compelling story, the report describes how the SBHCPP led to the expansion and stabilization of the school-based health care (SBHC) model through strategic policy advocacy. To read the full report, please visit our School-Based Health Care Policy Program page.
New Graduation Rate Data
The U.S. Department of Education recently released four-year high school graduation rates for the 2010-11 school year which show large achievement gaps. Graduation is a public health priority and is acknowledged as such in the Healthy People 2020 adolescent health objective for graduation (#5).
See the Education Week blog here: New Graduation Rate Data Show Large Achievement Gaps.
Grants for School-based Health Centers Announced
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services authorized the release of $75 million in grants for school-based health centers. The grants are designed to support school-based health centers in the alteration or renovation of facilities, site construction or expansion and/or the purchase of moveable equipment. The funding, part of the School-Based Health Care Capital (SBHCC) Program, was created as part of the Affordable Care Act. Additional information on the grant opportunity may be found here.
New Sexuality Education Standards Released by FoSE Initiative
The Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Initiative has released the National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12 to provide clear, consistent and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. FoSE, a partnership between Advocates for Youth, Answer and SIECUS, partnered with content experts, medical and public health professionals, teachers and sexuality educators and young people to develop the standards over a two-year period. Find the Standards here.