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Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care

Please support Colorado's network of 70 existing and emerging school-based health centers (SBHCs) who work hard everyday to care for Colorado's children, including their physical, mental, and dental health care. CASBHC is a small team, but we provide high-quality services for our members.

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Advocacy

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

CASBHC is pursuing policy changes that will impact the access of vaping products, mental health resources, and the availability of SBHCs in communities will mean long-term effects on the health of children.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have successfully advocated for SBHCs to be included in the response to the opioid epidemic and have successfully preserved the revenue for SBHCs in the state's public health budget.

Increasing resiliency in the light of trauma

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)

Description

By increasing screenings of Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and focusing on strengths of the child and community, SBHCs will be better equipped to manage children's stress response and overall emotional regulation. We are also looking to build youth engagement programs to build community-wide and intergenerational resiliency in the face of collective trauma.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Many of our SBHCs now screen for Adverse Childhood Events, and are trained on how to respond to any red flags in their screenings, such as providing motivational interviewing, mindfulness practices, and anxiety-reducing practices (such as EMDR).

Improving quality of care

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)

Description

SBHCs always strive to deliver high-quality services and ensure they are up to date with technology to streamline their work better. We support SBHCs in ensuring their Electronic Health Record systems are integrated with their screening tools, and that the screening tools include confidential messaging. We also work with the SBHCs to ensure they are coordinated with the schools and the communities in which they work.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We made progress in incorporating the screenings into the EHRs and have worked with a few school communities on better coordination.

Growing and strengthening the field of SBHCs

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)

Description

By analyzing communities for who might benefit from a SBHC, we initiate dialogue and exploration in those communities. We also strive to support existing SBHCs' sustainability and longevity.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have successfully released several reports analyzing communities' needs for SBHCs and initiated conversations about exploring an opening of a SBHC. We will have a new report out in 2020.

Vaping Cessation

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
At-Risk Populations
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

CASBHC supports SBHCs in screening children and youth for their exposure to, use of, or planned used of vaping or tobacco products so the health care provider can discuss with the patient strategies for avoiding or ceasing use of vaping. This project was created with the intention of addressing the state's high youth vaping rate.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The program is two years old.

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