ALAMEDA COUNTY HEALTH CARE
Local School Health Initiatives
We are working with partners across the county to develop place-based initiatives that improve health and education outcomes for youth and families. We currently support 11 initiatives actively at work in different regions of the county.
In 2015, we partnered with the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) to conduct a strengths and needs assessment of the district’s behavioral health systems and services. From this process, recommendations were developed on how to use existing resources and other funding streams to improve the behavioral health of Berkeley’s students. BUSD has recently hired a district-level Behavioral Health Consultant to spearhead this effort moving forward.
Emeryville Center of Community Life
We are partnering with the Emery Unified School District and community-based partners to support the development of the Emeryville Center of Community Life, a 150,000 square foot facility that will house a family wellness center and be a community activities center for students and families. The Emeryville Center is scheduled to open in 2016.
Fremont School Health Initiative
Formed in 2004, the Fremont School Health Initiative (FSHI) is a collaboration of the major agencies serving youth and their families in Fremont, including the City of Fremont, Fremont Unified School District, the Center, and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty’s office. FSHI’s goal is to improve access to health and wellness services for Fremont youth and their families. The collaborative seeks to improve access to school-based health and behavioral health care services and comprehensive family supports; build comprehensive services to better support students at-risk for school failure; and create a sustainable, integrated, and effective regional system of care to support FUSD students and their families.
Hayward Unified Community Schools Initiative
We have been collaborating with the Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) since 2004, beginning with the placement of mental health clinicians at school sites through the Our Kids Our Families Program. Since then, our collaboration with the district and community-based partners has expanded to include a robust system of school-based behavioral health supports, community schools planning and implementation work, school health centers, and family support programs. Our partnership seeks to ensure that all HUSD students have access to health and wellness services that are integrated into the school community to support their well-being, academic achievement, and life potential.
Livermore School Health Initiative
We are partnering with the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, City of Livermore, Office of County Supervisor Haggerty, and Kaiser Permanente to strengthen the capacity of Livermore to provide a continuum of high quality, accessible, school-linked health and wellness supports to youth and families experiencing poor health and educational outcomes. In the spring of 2014, in order to help plan school-based health and wellness services, the Initiative conducted an assessment of the health needs of Livermore students and their families. The final report provides recommendations for the Initiative moving forward.
We have been working with the Newark Unified School District since 2010 to expand access to school-based and school-linked wellness supports. We currently fund two behavioral health consultants, who support the development of behavioral health prevention and intervention supports in the district, and a team of parent partners who perform parent outreach, family engagement, trainings, and consultation.
Oakland Unified Community Schools Initiative
The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and Alameda County have a long history of partnership to expand school-based and school-linked health and wellness services for OUSD students and families. We currently support 16 school health centers in the district, an extensive school-based behavioral health system, youth and family opportunity programs, and the OUSD Central Family Resource Center. Since 2010, we have partnered closely with OUSD to support the development, implementation, and sustainability of a full-service community schools approach. The Community Schools Initiative is Oakland’s collective approach to increasing opportunities and creating greater equity in educational, health, and life outcomes for children and youth. The Center supports the Initiative’s strategy development; co-staffs the Initiative’s Leadership Council; and has supported the development of groups, such as the Community School Manager Professional Learning Community and the Community Partnerships Workgroup.
In 2004, a group of youth from the Ashland unincorporated area of Alameda County asked the question, “How can we make life better for teens in our community?” Youth and adults alike agreed—the need was for a safe place where teens could socialize, commune, and learn together in Ashland. Since that time, youth and youth allies have developed the REACH Ashland Youth Center from conceptualization to operation. Today, REACH is a safe haven for Ashland Youth and provides a positive environment for creating change to youth challenges. More than a place to simply “hang out,” the overarching goal of REACH is to improve the social determinants of health and support wellness in the Eden Area Community. Learn more...
San Leandro Unified
In spring 2011, we began working with the San Leandro Unified School District (SLUSD) to strengthen health and wellness supports for students and their families. To inform planning, we conducted a needs assessment of behavioral health and family supports in the fall of 2012. We have since supported the implementation of Coordination of Services Teams (COST) at 12 of the 13 SLUSD schools, and partnered with the district, the City of San Leandro, and the Office of Supervisor Wilma Chan to develop the Barbara Lee Center for Health and Wellness, which opened in September 2015 at San Leandro High School. We have also supported health coverage outreach and enrollment to families throughout the district through our Connecting Kids to Coverage Schools Initiative, in partnership with Alameda County Social Services Agency and East Bay Agency for Children. Two behavioral health consultants from the Center coordinate our Initiative in San Leandro and support the development of prevention and early intervention supports throughout the district.
Tri-Valley Health Initiative
Launched in May 2005, the Tri-Valley Health Initiative is a joint project among the cities and school districts of Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton; Offices of Supervisor Scott Haggerty and Nate Miley; Alameda County Health Care Services Agency; Social Services Agency; Axis Community Health; Kaiser Permanente; and Valley Care. The goal of the Initiative is to improve the physical, social, and emotional health of youth and families in the Tri-Valley region by broadening access to culturally responsive health supports and integrating a continuum of school-based and school-linked health supports. The Tri-Valley Health Initiative has sponsored a number of regional health events to reach underserved communities and has recently begun a regular immunization clinic at Junction K-8 School in Livermore.
Union City Kids’ Zone
The Union City Kids’ Zone aims to develop community partnerships that deliver coordinated, tailored services to students and their families in Union City’s Decoto neighborhood to ensure that each child is successful from cradle to career. Since 2010, we have partnered with the New Haven Unified School District and Kids' Zone partners to support the development of governance structures for the Kids' Zone, strengthen cross-sector collaboration among partners, and build capacity of partners and providers. The Center provides funding for Kids' Zone staffing; two behavioral health consultants from the Center are focused on developing behavioral health supports across the Kids' Zone.