King County Program Aims to Help Students’ Mental Health

Cross posted from Seattle Magazine More and more students are stressed, depressed and even suicidal. Can a new King County program make a difference? It’s a small but alarming statistic. Among kids ages 10–24, suicide is the second-leading cause of death in King County. “We used to have a kid that we needed to hospitalize…

How Medicaid and CHIP Can Support Student Success through Schools

Cross posted from: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Summary Recognizing that a healthy student is a better student, education and health officials have begun working closely in the past few years to integrate their efforts. Recent changes to federal education law, new grant programs and revised Medicaid rules have opened the door for further collaboration…

Students Can’t Learn When They’re Not Healthy. Here’s What Schools Can Do to Help.

Crossposted from Education Week and the School-Based Health Alliance Children with chronic health concerns can’t learn when their poorly managed conditions keep them out of class. Students traumatized by unstable living conditions or chronic disadvantage can’t focus on homework or engage their peers. Parents working full-time jobs for minimum wage cannot afford the same extracurricular,…

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…