Tahoe-Truckee Youth Health Initiative receives $21,000 grant
TRUCKEE, Calif. — In 2015, a new coalition — dubbed the Adolescent Health Initiative — came together in Truckee to look at the health needs of adolescents in the region.
Partners include: Nevada and Placer counties, Tahoe Forest Hospital, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, and The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee.
With federal funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Adolescent Health Initiative hired a consultant and spent a year looking at best practices for providing comprehensive primary care, dental health, reproductive health and mental health care to teens.
The team has been seeking resources to fully implement the strategies, with the most recent success being a grant for $21,000 from the S.H. Cowell Foundation. This funding will support the peer support component of the initiative, including training older teens to become mentors for younger teens.
The specific strategies of the Youth Health Initiative include:
Create safe spaces for youth to spend time during the school day to connect with caring adults.
Create a “circle of care” to increase communication and coordination among school-based supportive services.
Grow opportunities for youth voice and leadership through peer-to-peer programming.
Improve youth health literacy through education and connections to health resources.
Improve access to health services through employing a School-based Care Coordinator to assist with navigating access to insurance and health providers for youth.
Behavioral Health and Substance Use Services
Improve access to mental health services through school-based therapists.
Advance the drug-free culture of the schools through the expansion of Athlete Committed.
Identify at-risk youth through increased use of What’s Up Wellness and other mental/behavioral health screenings.
Create a professional development series on topics related to social emotional health and wellness (trauma, depression, etc.).
Provide preventive oral health to students K-12.
Increase access to dental treatment for youth who are under-insured by developing a pool of free or low cost dental care options.
Increase access to reproductive health resources particularly in the Kings Beach area.
Increase teen knowledge of reproductive health issues through a school-linked public health nurse.
For more information about the $21,000 grant, or the Adolescent Health Initiative, contact Phebe Bell, program manager of health and human services for Nevada and Placer counties, at Phebe.Bell@co.nevada.ca.us or 530-546-1922.
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