Mental Health Service Utilization and Coding Practices in Seattle SBHCs

From June 2016 to April 2017, under the mentorship of Public Health–Seattle and King County staff, a PhD candidate and Masters of Public Health (MPH) graduate intern analyzed quantitative and qualitative data from the 2015-16 schoolyear for mental health services in Seattle school-based health centers (SBHCs). Analysis of monthly Electronic Medical Record (EMR) clinical encounter exports paired with…

Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

A February 2017 feature on NPR highlights recent research published in Pediatrics that found that teen girls experience depression more frequently than teen boys. Researchers saw a marked increase in depression rates since 2011, which they believe may be associated with increased use of social media among teens. Have you noticed this difference between teen girls…

Assessing the Connection Between Health and Education: Identifying Potential Leverage Points for Public Health to Improve School Attendance

What are the major psychosocial factors influencing truancy rates? This study found that depression, parental engagement, and substance abuse topped the list. Lauren N. Gase, Tony Kuo, Karen Coller, Lourdes R. Guerrero, and Mitchell D. Wong. Assessing the Connection Between Health and Education: Identifying Potential Leverage Points for Public Health to Improve School Attendance. American Journal of Public…

Mental Health Disparities Among Transgender Youth: Rethinking the Role of Professionals

Within the past few years, visibility of transgender people (particularly youth) has drastically increased. As such, the conversation about the health needs of transgender people has expanded. What is the role of medical professionals in this expansion and how can this inform our practice in school-based health? Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD. “Mental Health Disparities Among Transgender…