- Connect, coordinate and align school-connected efforts to best support vulnerable students
- Ensure a link between vulnerable student-focused programs and policies and a broader agenda to improve health and success for all students
- Focus limited resources to maximize impact and sustainability
- Incorporate the latest, and future, best practices in program and policy
CARING ACROSS COMMUNITIES CHHCS served as the National Program Office for Caring Across Communities (CAC), a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to implement school-connected mental health programs for immigrant and refugee children in 15 communities across the United States.
Grantee organizations were funded to provide culturally and linguistically accessible services to children and their families through a partnership among school districts, community mental health centers, multi-cultural service organizations, and other partners at the local and state levels. Programs were conducted in more than 20 languages across 36 schools, and included school-wide mental health promotion projects, group counseling, individual counseling, and home visitation services.
Through a variety of methods, CHHCS staff offered technical assistance and consultation on issues that included program implementation and mental health service delivery, cultural adaptation, program evaluation, partnership development, system integration, communications and marketing, legal and political issues, mental health interpretation, parent engagement, and sustainability.
Results: Over three years, CAC programs supported more than 9,000 students ages 3-18, engaged more than 4,600 parents/caregivers, and partnered with more than 4,500 other adults—teachers, counselors, other school health professionals—interested in working with immigrant and refugee youth.
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- Kugler EG and Price OA. Go Beyond the Classroom to Help Immigrant and Refugee Students Succeed. Phi Delta Kappan. November 2009, vol. 91 no. 3: 48-52.
- Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. Children of Immigrants and Refugees: What the Research Tells Us. George Washington University, 2011.
- Acosta Price O, Ellis BH, Escudero PV, Huffman-Gottschling K, Sander MA, & Birman D. Implementing Trauma Interventions in Schools: Addressing the Immigrant and Refugee Experience. In Yeakey CC (Series Ed.) & Notaro SR (Vol. Ed.), Health Disparities Among Under-served Populations: Implications for Research, Policy, and Praxis. England: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012.