Thank you for supporting NASBHC! We are excited to keep the momentum going after an excellent year in 2012. There are many exciting things on the horizon for 2013, starting with this month – National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month!
February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month!
Communities across the nation are celebrating National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month. School-based health centers (SBHCs) are redefining health for kids and teens by providing access to mental health services and oral health care, working to prevent obesity, and addressing other issues that affect young people’s lives.
There are many ways for you to get involved in this year's Awareness Month. Whether you’re writing a letter to the editor, setting up a tour of a SBHC, or just want to share your story, you’ll find resources on our Awareness Month webpage.
NASBHC Writes to Administration in Response to Gun Violence Reduction Policy Proposal
NASBHC wrote to Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan urging them to look to SBHCs as they strive to meet the goals of the “Now is the Time” gun violence reduction proposal – a set of 23 actions and recommendations to minimize gun violence and its causes in response to Newtown, Connecticut.
We encourage SBHC advocates to forward the letter or send your own comments to Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org and OESE@ed.gov.
NASBHC Interviews Candidates for Youth Advisory Council
NASBHC completed interviews with several incredible young people from across the country for our first-ever National Youth Advisory Council. In the coming weeks we will select the council members and conduct our first meeting – just in time to plan for the Youth Track at the 2013 National School-Based Health Care Convention.
Save The Date – 2013
The 2013 National School-Based Health Care Convention will be held at The Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, June 23-26. This year will feature an Advocacy Day, where hundreds of SBHC advocates will meet with their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill in support of school-based health care!
NASBHC’s Advocacy Day is always one of the highlights of the Washington, DC-based convention and this year will be no different. The day starts with a breakfast rally at the hotel. Speakers will include SBHC Hill champions. Following the high-energy rally, advocates will travel to the Hill by Metro to meet with their representatives to speak on behalf of vulnerable children and adolescents. NASBHC will prepare advocates with webinars in advance of the convention and advocacy “office hours” with NASBHC’s policy and communications staff. We look forward to seeing you in June!
2012 has been a banner year for the school-based health care movement. The milestones we’ve reached this year include:
These accomplishments are made possible by donors like you. Your continued support is critical as we move forward in 2013. We’ve come a long way over the past year and now is not the time to let the momentum stop. The results of the 2012 presidential election present new opportunities and challenges, and together we will bring the school-based health care movement to new heights in 2013 – and beyond.
Updates on NASBHC Projects
Here are a few brief updates on projects we’ve been working on since our last report:
School-Based Health Care Leaders Meet in Washington, DC
NASBHC, along with Presidents and Executive Directors from 15 of NASBHC’s state affiliates, traveled to Capitol Hill immediately following the election to advocate for programs like Medicaid that build strong families and strong communities.
Leaders traveled from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio and Oregon to discuss how school-based health centers partner with Medicaid to keep students healthy and learning.
NASBHC Prepares to Launch National Youth Advisory Council
We are pleased to announce we’ve received more than a dozen applications for NASBHC’s first ever youth advisory council. We’re combing through them and conducting interviews in hopes that we can convene the first meeting in early December – just in time to get the council’s input on the 2013 School-Based Health Care Awareness Month in February.
This is just the beginning of an exciting effort to increase youth engagement in our work. With your support we will continue to help empower youth and to encourage them to become active participants in their health and education while building the future leaders of the school-based health care movement.
NASBHC Welcomes New Staff
Of the seven new positions in 2012, we’re pleased to welcome four staff members who have joined the team since our last Global Giving update: Matt Even, Database Manager, Rebecca Farber, Program Assistant, Jessica Rosenberg, Program Associate, and Sara Yoeun, Program Assistant.
Matt Even joined NASBHC in 2012 as a Database Manager. Prior to joining NASBHC, Matt coordinated a volunteer program for all first-year students at New York’s SUNY College of Old Westbury. Matt’s previous experience focused on IT and logistical support for non-profits in Washington, including Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Matt earned his J.D. from the Catholic University of America and his B.A. from the University of Missouri. Matt enjoys exploring new technologies and has a passion for helping organizations best use these new tools.
Rebecca Farber is a Program Assistant for NASBHC’s Programs and Professional Services team. Rebecca has extensive experience in HIV/AIDS and LGBT health issues, both hands-on training and a theoretical background. She worked to prevent LGBT youth suicide by developing education and outreach materials and facilitating workshops at the YES Institute in Miami, Florida. Rebecca earned her certification as a medical case manager for people with HIV/AIDS while working at the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There, she coordinated and advocated for client access to medical care, state health insurance, and social services. Originally from Miami, Rebecca studied Sociology and Gender/Sexuality Studies at Bryn Mawr College, where she completed an independent research project on globalized medicine and gender norms in Thailand. As a health advocate, Rebecca is thrilled to be at NASBHC and contribute to health care access for all youth and adolescents.
Jessica Rosenberg, MHS, is a Program Associate for Programs and Professional Services at NASBHC. Prior to joining NASBHC, Jessica worked as a research associate at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and at the Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities in Baltimore, where she designed and evaluated studies related to cancer and cancer disparities, including a CMS-sponsored intervention designed to reduce disparities in cancer screening and treatment among African American seniors in Baltimore County. In 2012, Jessica received her Master of Science degree from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD in Epidemiology, with an additional concentration in health disparities and inequalities. She has a dual BS from the University of Miami in Microbiology & Immunology and Spanish Literature.
Sara Yoeun joined the National Assembly of School-Based Health Care in November 2012 as the Program Assistant for the Programs and Professional Services Team. Prior to joining the NASBHC team, she served as a member of the AmeriCorps: Philadelphia Health Corps program. As a Community Health Outreach Associate she provided health promotion, disease prevention, and health education to underserved individuals and families with children with special health care needs. She developed a passion for public health as she became involved in various research projects within the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention while studying at UNC. Sara received a bachelor’s in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Thank you for your support of school-based health care! Because of you, we’re more than halfway to meeting our goal of $20,000 dollars. Your support is critical as we continue to move forward with our youth engagement work and advocate for school-based health care on Capitol Hill. We are thrilled to share with you our latest update and again thank you for your support.
Youth Track – Empowering Tomorrows Leaders
At our 2012 Convention held in New Mexico this past June, more than 50 Youth Track participants learned about the skills necessary to advocate for school-based health care. The engaged group of high school students, from across the country, talked about the importance of school-based health centers (SBHCs) in their communities, about SBHCs as a form of social justice, and visited the SBHC at the Laguna Pueblo. Follow this link for pictures of the Youth Track’s three days in Albuquerque.
NASBHC Launches National Youth Advisory Council
We are excited to announce the launch of NASBHC’s new National Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Youth – ages 15-21 who have used a SBHC or worked to address health care issues that affect young people – are eligible to apply for a two-year position on the council. As a SBHC advocate, you are encouraged to support students to submit an application by September 14th. For more information, review the NASBHC YAC Overview.
This is just the beginning of an exciting campaign to increase youth engagement in our work. With your support we will continue to help empower youth and to encourage them to become active participants in their health and education.
School-Based Health Care Leaders to Meet in Washington, DC
Leaders from NASBHC’s eighteen state affiliates will convene in Washington, DC this November to continue to develop a sustainability strategy for SBHCs. They will also strategize about ways to strengthen our national and state advocacy efforts and will meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Your donations allow us to bring these advocates to our nation’s capital to share their stories about the unique challenges SBHCs face in their communities.
We’re pleased to welcome two new staff members since our last Global Giving update: Hayley Lofink, Director of Research and Evaluation and Joanna Kuebler, Communications Director.
Hayley Lofink is a researcher in the field of Medical/Nutritional Anthropology and has designed, implemented and published research examining nutrition-related health inequalities and disparities. Her projects have examined how economic pressures, cultural contexts, physical environments and public policies influence nutritional and physical health among African American children in Philadelphia, children of Mexican migrant workers in New Jersey and British Bangladeshi adolescents in London. Her recent work has explored ways to improve access to obesity prevention and child weight management programs among children from low-income families through community-based approaches. She has a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford and undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
Joanna Kuebler has served in senior communications roles in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S Senate, as well as at the state government level in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She served as communications director for United States Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for six years, including directing the communications operation for Senator Brown’s successful 2006 campaign for U.S. Senate. Prior to joining NASBHC, Joanna served as director of the Global Campaign for Education, U.S., a coalition of more than 30 non-profits, NGOs, faith-based groups, and unions dedication to ensuring access to education for all. Joanna has worked closely with TV, print, and radio media successfully crafting and placing stories and opinion pieces with The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today as well as on CNN, MSNBC, and 60 Minutes and has led the development of national and international online media and grassroots communications plans.
NASBHC has been extremely busy these last few months, and we’re excited about all we have to share in this Global Giving report. Your support is what makes all of this possible, and we’d like to thank you for having such an impact on the health of youth and adolescents.
School-Based Health Center Capital Grant Program
On May 9th, 2012, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, announced the next round of construction and equipment grants for SBHCs: $75 million to be awarded to approximately 150 sponsors from the School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program. This funding is in addition to previous disbursements of $95 and $14 million in funding throughout 2011.
This one-time investment, combined with local funds that support school-based health care, will improve health and education outcomes for thousands of students. Together, we pushed hard for SBHC’s inclusion in the Affordable Care Act, and this funding is a direct result of our work, supported by donors like you.
These bricks and mortar dollars are an important first step – but SBHCs need direct federal financial support for operations to continue delivering quality comprehensive services to our nation’s children and adolescents. We know we can count on you to help us keep up the fight as we continue to advocate for school-based health care in your community and around the country.
Last summer, the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC), in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, launched a training and technical assistance project with 20 school-based health centers (SBHCs). During the 10-month initiative, the grantees expanded the capacity of school-based primary care clinicians to deliver preventative oral health services.
The program was a huge success. The grantees now have the knowledge and capacity to identify children and adolescents that are at risk for dental diseases, and referral networks with local dental providers to ensure that high risk patients have increased access to treatment services, as well as a dental home. Several of the current grantees will conduct a storyboard poster session at the 2012 National School-Based Health Care Convention to discuss their experiences with the project.
We are proud to announce we have awarded a second round of grants to 20 organizations in 10 states. Click here for a list of the grantees. These SBHCs will participate in a 14-month quality assurance collaborative designed to enhance the capacity of school-based primary care clinicians to deliver oral health preventive services. Learn more about this exciting program, and our partnership with Kaiser Permanente, on our website.
We’re pleased to welcome two new staff members since our last Global Giving update: Joy Twesigye, Program Manager, and Molly Foltzer, Program Assistant.
Joy Twesigye, MS, MPP, WHNP-BC joined NASBHC in 2012 as the Program Manager. Her diverse background in health care equals over 10 years of direct care delivery, working with government agencies/programs, public and private payers, and health care institutions. In her position at NASBHC she is responsible for overseeing and monitoring project management, delivering and developing training materials as well as managing two large national cooperative agreements with federal agencies.
Molly Foltzer joined NASBHC in May of 2012 as a Program Assistant. Prior to this position, Molly worked as a Health Educator and Crisis Counselor in the Women’s Health and Reproductive Justice Field. She also has experience supporting immigrant health through medical interpretation services, and acted as the Prevention and Education Intern for a HIV/AIDS related nonprofit. Molly graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in Sociology, Spanish, and Health Studies. She is currently a MPH Candidate with a focus in Health Promotion.
NASBHC’s 2010 – 2011 Annual Report Available Online
The theme of 2010 - 2011's Annual Report is Breakthrough: A Year of Growth and Change, and it highlights our recent successes advancing school-based health care on Capitol Hill, in communities, and in schools; advocating for national policies, programs, and funding; and building community capacity to provide high quality, comprehensive services. View and download our Annual Report online.
2012 National School-Based Health Care Convention is June 24 – 27th in Albuquerque, New Mexico!
Every year the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC) brings together more than 800 child and adolescent health providers and advocates for the National School-Based Health Care Convention.
The 2012 theme: New Directions for School-Based Health Care: Hot Topics for our Future highlights our focus on recent advancements of school-based health care on Capitol Hill, in communities, and in schools.
NASBHC’s Convention is the premier advocacy, networking, and continuing education forum for school-based health professionals and those interested in and working around the intersection between health and education.
To view a preliminary program and to register online visit www.nasbhc.org/convention.
Thank You for Bringing Smiles to Students from the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care
We all know that getting through school is hard enough. There are tests to pass, relationships to manage, and maybe worst of all, gym. But imagine if, on top of everything else, you were dealing with dental health issues so severe you were only able to eat apple sauce comfortably. That’s exactly what one young man had to suffer through. Luckily, his school-based health center was able to provide him with the dental care he needed to get back to focusing on his grades. Now, every time the school-based health center staff sees him in the hallway, he’s smiling.
Your support is putting the smile back on the faces of students like the young man at the Woodlawn health center. Thank you for making our first Global Giving campaign such a monumental success! Your support has helped:
None of this would be possible without you! We’re ecstatic to have such a devoted group of supporters, and we’re thrilled to join you as a member of the Global Giving community. Together, we’ll make sure that all children and adolescents are healthy and achieving at their fullest potential.
Stay tuned for more stories and updates from SBHC Awareness Month and beyond and thank you for supporting school-based health!
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