Durham, North Carolina

About our project:

Through the BieneStar partnership, the Duke Division of Community Health along with its community partners – El Centro Hispano, Durham Public Schools and the Center for Child and Family Health — brings bilingual mental health services to newly-arrived Latino parents and their children. Building on Duke’s network of three elementary school-based health centers, BieneStar will serve as a model of school-based mental health care that offers a continuum of care that is culturally responsive and fully integrated into the school. For more information, view our poster.

Demographic data:

ESL Quick Facts in Durham Public Schools http://www.dpsnc.net/programs-services/esl/esl-quick-facts
Durham Public Schools Enrollment Data http://www.dpsnc.net/about-dps/reports-publications/demographics-enrollment-data

Our work:

The project, named BieneStar, focuses on 3 areas: prevention, early intervention and treatment services for Latino children and their families in Durham. Prevention and early intervention are represented by outreach to parents and to teachers at the three schools. Through the grant, the project has hired both a bilingual licensed clinical social worker and a bilingual/bicultural health educator. Direct services – both early intervention via groups and individual treatment via counseling address student needs and receive high marks from school staff.  Preliminary data provided by the researchers indicate good outcomes for improved student in-class performance. School-wide education about mental and behavioral health issues and cultural competence training for teachers and other staff are scheduled throughout the school year. Parent and family orientation and education groups are also offered.

Our Partners:

• Duke Division of Community Health
• The School-Based Clinic Program
• El Centro Hispano
• Durham Public Schools
• Center for Child and Family Health
• George Watts Elementary School
• Glenn Elementary School
• E.K. Powe Elementary School
• LATCH (Local Action to Coordinated Healthcare)

What we are learning:

The evaluation of BieneSTAR assesses the program’s effectiveness at achieving the following objectives:

  1. Prevent and reduce exacerbation of mental health disorders of children enrolled in the three elementary school clinics through the provision of mental health education and outreach to parents and school personnel with special emphasis on immigrant children and families.
  2. Create sustainable mental health services, including early identification and counseling, which are accessible, culturally competent, and integrated into school services with special emphasis on immigrant at-risk children enrolled at the three school-based health centers (SBHC).

For the purposes of the program evaluation, four categories of data are being used:

  1. Data on student program participants
  2. Data on orientation and skill-based sessions for parents and school personnel
  3. Awareness and satisfaction data regarding SBHC
  4. In-depth interviews with parents of student participants

For more information about this project, contact Michelle Lyn at lyn00001@mc.duke.edu