ALAMEDA COUNTY HEALTH CARE
School Health Centers
Since 1998, we have partnered with the University of California, San Francisco, to implement an ongoing countywide evaluation of school health centers. In 2013-2014, nearly 32,000 students in Alameda County had access to a school health center on or near their school campus. School health centers serve a large and diverse population of students, and fill a gap in access to health care for many young people in underserved communities. By providing medical care in a youth-friendly, easily accessible way, school health centers improve physical health outcomes, help students miss less school, and provide opportunities for participation in leadership and skill-building activities.
To learn more, download our annual School Health Center Evaluation Report.
School-Based Behavioral Health Initiative
The School-Based Behavioral Health Initiative (SBBHI) provides a logic model and evaluation process using a Results Based Accountability approach to measure the effectiveness and impact of the SBBHI's coordination and capacity-building efforts, prevention supports (such as school climate initiatives), and treatment services. Evaluation results from 2014-15 show SBBHI strategies improved access to behavioral health supports in schools, supported improved parent-child relationships, and built the capacity of school staff and partners to support positive school climates and social emotional wellness. Students receiving early-intervention and intensive treatment services also showed improvements in key areas of social emotional wellness.
Our 2014-15 evaluation report will be available in early 2016.
Connecting Kids to Coverage Schools Initiative
Since 2013, we have partnered with Bright Research Group and Alameda County Social Services Agency to evaluate the effectiveness of our school-linked health coverage outreach, enrollment, and retention strategies. Our early evaluation results indicate that outreach and enrollment strategies based in central school district family resource centers have been effective in extending application assistance to hard-to-reach uninsured populations, such as Latino families, families with mixed immigration statuses, and the long-term uninsured.
To learn more, download our policy brief, Thriving Students, Healthy Outcomes: The Role of School Districts in the Age of Health Care Reform.
Latino Men and Boys Program
The Unity Council's Latino Men and Boys Program (LMB) provides comprehensive support and mentorship for young Latino males in Alameda County in collaboration with school health centers. In 2012, we partnered with the Unity Council and University of California, San Francisco, to examine the health needs of the young Latino male population in Alameda County, and describe the LMB strategy. This brief provides an overview of the LMB Program and describes its impact on participants' health behaviors and personal, social, academic, and career development. It concludes with recommendations for strategies to better serve the LMB population in Alameda County.
To learn more, download our report, All Our Sons and Brothers: Serving Latino Men and Boys
REACH Ashland Youth Center & Youth and Family Opportunity Initiative
We are in the process of developing an evaluation for the REACH Ashland Youth Center and our Youth and Family Opportunity Projects, in collaboration with Health Care Services Agency's Community Planning, Assessment, and Evaluation (CAPE) Unit.