The New York Community Trust board approved a grant of $20,000 November 2017 to the New York School-Based Health Foundation to build the capacity of an organization which advocates for New York City’s school-based health centers.
The Foundation is utilizing this funding to build on three initiatives:
organizational visibility: grant funds help us to create targeted informational materials for cross-sector distribution to increase awareness of and engagement with Foundation leaders and school-based health stakeholders
sbhc needs needs assessment & data augmentation: in collaboration with the Alliance (NYSBHA), we partnered with a professional evaluation company, Apex, to develop and institute a comprehensive survey to better understand the field's operational capacity, financial sustainability, strengths and areas needing support. These data points will underscore larger projects where storytelling through data will benefit sbhcs in their advocacy and sustainability.
development of sbhc peer audit program as initial project of a Center for Excellence: the Foundation is undertaking the creation of an innovative program offering sbhcs an objective audit of center policies and practices. Our goal is to support centers in their capacity to meet required state regulations, operating standards and principles but also to move toward achieving nationally recognized benchmarks of excellence. This Peer Audit Program is the first in a slate of programs we plan to develop under the umbrella of a Center for Excellence, providing high-level education and resources for school-based health professionals.
The Foundation was one of several state organizations involved in a two year grant project through 2017 with Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) through the Public Health Institute in California. The project, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, entailed:
Collecting and Disseminating Best Practices by collaborating with RAMP to identify SBHCs from the state already addressing environmental asthma triggers to be featured in case studies and by assisting in the completion of the Asthma Environmental Intervention Guide for SBHCs
Designing and Conducting a State Training and Supporting a National Learning Collaborative by collaborating with RAMP to conduct and coordinate a half-day training in the state as well as supporting training at the national level