Annual Conference Presentations
What communities in Colorado might benefit most from a new school-based health center? Where are the greatest disparities in access? What opportunities exist for Colorado? Colorado Health Institute analysts Julia Char Gilbert and Lindsey Whittington presented an interactive session on what the latest data tell us. Be prepared to dive into the data and consider how a new online resource can inform community conversations about equity and school-based health care.
• Julia Char Gilbert, B.A. – Research Analyst, Colorado Health Institute
• Lindsey Whittington, MPH– Research Analyst, Colorado Health Institute
Secondary Traumatic Stress
Educators and health care workers tend to put others‘ needs before their own. They are helpers, providers, supporters, and nurturers. However, we sometimes do this at the expense of our own mental health and wellness. With our current climate of change, uncertainty, and fight for equality, our health providers are consistently working with and supporting individuals that have faced or are facing trauma. As this trauma occurs, many of our health care workers are at risk of burnout and secondary traumatic stress. It is critical that we teach staff resiliency skills to serve their students and clients. This course walks through secondary traumatic stress causes, symptoms, and prevention strategies to support your overall well-being.
• Kati Garner, M.Ed – School Safety Regional Training Consultant, Northwest Region, Colorado School Safety Resource Center
Colorado SBHCs: Leading the Field in Quality Counts
The School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) named annual well-child check (WCC) as an indicator of SBHC performance on quality standards. In 2021, upon the horizon of a new five-year grant cycle, CDPHE has the opportunity to refine and revise performance measures. Over the last five years since 2016-2017, Apex Evaluation, the evaluation partner of CDPHE, learned extensively about the WCC performance measure. In this presentation, audience members turned the evaluative lens back on the data, assessed the strength of this measure to indicate quality of care, and identified opportunities to improve for the future.
• Rissa Lane, MS – Evaluator, Apex Evaluation
• Maureen Daly, MD, MPH – SBHC & Quality Improvement Consultant, CDPHE and Clinical Consultant for Apex Evaluation
Primary care visits are often the frontline for all services at a SBHC. As the utilization of screening and integrated care has increased, so has the expectation for primary care providers to address behavioral health concerns and behavioral health providers to participate in primary care visits. This session focused on skills to hone and increase responses to behavioral health needs during primary care visits, with special attention to addressing mood dysregulation, such as depression, anxiety, stress, and anger. Session objectives include 1) Understand how to utilize screenings to facilitate conversations and care for mood management 2) Identify at least three brief interventions for use by primary care staff to address mood disturbance 3) Develop workflow ideas from screening to referral to increase wrap around support for patients with mood disturbance 4) Increase use of motivational interviewing and resilience building strategies to engage youth in mood management interventions.
• Rebecca Gostlin, M.Ed., LPC – Director of Clinical Initiatives, CASBHC
This series of Hot Topics were developed to address pressing issues impacting SBHCs – from showing how universal screening data can be utilized to show the pulse of SBHCs and their communities as well as vaping trends among youth. The last session presents a model of comprehensive care that is a win-win for patients and SBHCs.
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• Intersectionality & Integrated Care, Rissa Lane MS – Evaluator, Apex Evaluation
CASBHC Board and staff to celebrated the past 25 years as well as our collective resilience in the work done in the last year. We discussed major updates with our strategic plan and equity work, and we also checked in with SBHCs and other members on how we can best support their work in the field. We closed with our annual Inspiration Awards of 5 amazing individuals!