Bainum Family Foundation Announces Partners for School-Based Mental Health Initiative

As part of its $4.1 million commitment to expand school-based mental health in the District of Columbia — a commitment that aims to add 2,000 wrap-around support seats in Wards 7 and 8 by 2020 to increase students’ social-emotional well-being — the Bainum Family Foundation today announced the four partner schools that will participate in its new Community of Practice.

These elementary and middle schools, all located in and/or serving Wards 7 and 8, will receive three years of training and technical assistance to strengthen universal prevention efforts, integrate academic and social-emotional data for decision-making, and coordinate resources between the school, families and community as each school implements the best practices that fit its unique needs and evaluates outcomes. The work is being conducted by the Foundation in partnership with the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS), part of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm and record of innovation these schools bring to this initiative and our broader efforts to advance the field of school-based mental health,” says Nisha Sachdev, DrPH, PsyD, the Foundation’s Senior Director of Evaluation.

According to Olga Acosta Price, PhD, Director of CHHCS and founding director of the District’s long-standing School Mental Health Program, children and families in low-income D.C. neighborhoods have an elevated need for mental health services due to the stress factors that result from living in poverty, coupled with low availability of resources (clinics and practitioners) in their communities. Further, available services in D.C. focus largely on treatment for high-need children rather than early identification and prevention for all children.

“We will help the partner schools adopt the most effective practices known in the field, build their capacity to serve more children and families, and increase the likelihood that these school-based mental health supports will be sustained over time,” says Acosta Price, who also is part of the District’s current working group on school-based mental health. Read More


Grant Alerts

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Deadline: June 29, 2018)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program.  Eligible children for services include children from birth to 12 years of age, who are at risk for, show early signs of, or have been diagnosed with a mental illness, including a serious emotional disturbance.  The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for these children by developing, maintaining, or enhancing infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment services.

Sports Award – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Deadline: July 2, 2018)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award recognizes sports teams, athletes, and community-based organizations that use sports to catalyze and sustain changes to make communities healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. The vast majority of funding is to nonprofit organizations and public agencies.

Expansion of the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers – Health Resources and Services Administration (Deadline: July 19, 2018)

This funding opportunity announcement solicits applications for the Expansion of the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs) program in U.S. Territories and for American Indians/Alaska Natives.  The purpose of this program is to provide information, education, technical assistance, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them.


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By: Olga Acosta Price, Director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools

I am the very proud mother of a young man of color (and an elementary-age daughter of color- have to mention her so she doesn’t get jealous!) but I am also an anxious mother who, in light of the recent tragedies at Sante Fe and Parkland HS, is having a harder time sending her son off to middle school every day. As the director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) and an associate professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at GW I know that despite public perceptions, schools remain one of the safest places for our children.  Yet, my parental concern is not without some merit, especially when layered on top of the anxiety about my son encountering law enforcement- whether in or out of school. Read More


New Resources

  • The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS)  monitors six categories of priority health-related behaviors among youth and young adults. This report summarizes results from the 2017 national YRBS for 121 health-related behaviors and for obesity, overweight, and asthma by demographic subgroups defined by sex, race/ethnicity, grade in school and by sexual minority status, updates the numbers of sexual minority students nationwide, and describes overall trends in health-related behaviors during 1991–2017.
  • The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health created a new four-page fact sheet, formatted as an infographic, about USB-shaped e-cigarettes and youth. It provides public health messaging about the risks of the products and actions that parents, educators, and health care providers can take to protect kids.
  • Students with disabilities often struggle in post-secondary education, the workforce, and civic life when they must face important decision-making opportunities for the first time. Too many enter these opportunities with little to no experience of being engaged in actively planning and making decisions around issues affecting their learning and lives. According to this Edutopia article, when students with disabilities develop self-advocacy and self-determination, they can engage more effectively in their education.

Job Opportunities

Research Associate – Children’s Hospital & Medical Center (Omaha, NE)

Children’s is hiring a Research Associate within the Surgical Services Department to work with faculty to support and drive clinical and translational research related to the care of infants, children and adolescents. The successful candidate will provide day-to-day operational support for research projects, including project development and conceptualization, study design, data generation and analysis, as well as manuscript preparation. The primary objective of the position is to enable the professional team to work at their highest competency level possible and to support the advancement of investigator initiated research across the surgical services enterprise.

Reproductive Health Program Coordinator – CCI Health & Wellness Services (Silver Spring, MD)

The Reproductive Health Programs Coordinator, under the direction of the Clinical Program Manager, is responsible for coordinating the ongoing development, training, implementation, and tracking of family planning and prenatal care services at CCI Health & Wellness Services health center locations. The Reproductive Health Programs Coordinator will work to support, and act as a liaison between, health center staff and CCI Health & Wellness Services leadership to ensure that all milestones and outcomes are being tracked and reached in compliance with internal standards, and external funding and accreditation bodies’ requirements.

School Nurse – New Connections Academy & Virtual Connections Academy (Palatine, IL)

Connection’s Organization seeks an experienced, dynamic School Nurse to work as a member of the team to carry on the tradition of excellence in special education. The School Nurse strengthens and facilitates the educational process by modifying or removing health-related barriers to learning in individual students and by promoting an optimal level of wellness for students and staff.

Middle School Guidance Counselor – Our World Neighborhood Charter Schools (Queens, NY)

OWNCS is currently seeking a full-time School Guidance Counselor to provide school-based social-emotional health and wellness services in the Middle School including the promotion of a safe, healthy and inclusive school environment. The primary function of the Middle School Guidance Counselor is to provide a comprehensive competency-based counseling program focused on the learning, personal/social and career/vocational needs of all students. The services of the Guidance Counselor also involve effective integration, delivery and sustained attention to the provision of high-quality social and emotional programming and service delivery for students. Working directly and indirectly with students to address social-emotional and learning needs of each student within our school community, the school guidance counselor will act as a liaison and communicate and collaborate with school staff, parents, students and outside community organizations/resources to support optimum physical, mental, emotional and social well-being, including the promotion of a safe, healthy and inclusive school environment.


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