Children's Mental Health Policies and Funding Arrangements From State and Local Perspectives . Olga Price and Donna Behrens at the Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, March 5, 2013.This presentation will examine children's mental health policies and funding arrangements from state and local perspectives. The first paper describes mental health policies and financing arrangements in 11 states, with implications for access and quality; the second describes funding strategies for three long-lived, community-based, school mental health programs.
Improving Children’s Access to Oral Health Care Through Comprehensive School Based Health Centers . Julia Lear, Jay Kumar, and Pam Vodicka at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs Annual Conference, February 2013.The workshop outlined challenges facing public health leaders and providers as they strive to improve children’s access to oral health services and offer an innovative model for addressing these issues through integrated and comprehensive oral health care in school based health centers. The panel presentation described why children’s access to oral health services continues to be an issue in the US, why school based health centers with integrated comprehensive oral health programs are an ideal vehicle for providing access to services and how a new MCHB grant is supporting comprehensive oral health programs in school based health centers.New York State School-Based Comprehensive Oral Health Services Project: Collaboration with North Country Children’s Clinic (Presentation by Jay Kumar)Improving Children’s Access to Oral Health Care Through Comprehensive School Based Programs (Presentation by Pam Vodicka)
Sustaining Comprehensive Interventions: Maximizing the Benefits of a Public Health Approach . Olga Price and Donna Behrens at the Safe Schools/ Healthy Students Leadership Academy, January 24, 2013.This session focused on lessons derived from a variety of school-connected programs and practical tips on how to sustain and advance mental health interventions conducted in and around schools. Presenters will utilize the public health model and describe appropriate programs, opportunities for partnering/collaborating, and strategies for sustaining care across the three tiers of intervention.
Children's Oral Health Access: What We're Learning; What We're Doing . Julia Lear, Kate Keller, and Erica Snow at the National School-Based Health Care Convention, June 25, 2012.This session provided background on (1) the reasons low-income children's access to oral health care has been slow to increase, and (2) the challenges and opportunities for SBHCs in addressing children's oral health needs as experienced by two foundation-supported programs. This presentation provided highlights from two CHHCS studies: "Children's Oral Health: Views from the field" and "Oral Health Care in SBHCs: A report from a US DHHS conference," November 2010.
Life Lessons: Pitfalls and Promises in Building Education-Health Partnerships. Julia Lear at the National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety Annual Meeting, June 8, 2012. The presentation reflects on continuing efforts to build stronger, more effective partnerships between the k - 12 education and children's health fields. Three key points: partnerships are essential; they are really hard to create and sustain, and broader research on partnerships and how they work can help health and education be better partners. NCCSH can be an important facilitator in this work.
Playing nicely in the sandbox: Understanding the challenges and opportunities to effectively integrate national mental health and education agendas. Olga Acosta Price at the Grantmakers in Health Annual Meeting on Health Philanthropy, March 2012. This session examines the role that philanthropy has played and can continue to play in bridging the gap in priorities between health and educational reform efforts. Presenters discussed the practical, organizational, and philosophical challenges that pose barriers to effective integration of health and education initiatives, especially as they relate to children and youth in schools, and shared effective strategies for improving collaboration.