Whether kids are adjusting to a new grade or a whole a new school, the first few weeks back in school have the potential to be both physically and mentally challenging. However, initiatives from both OneCity Health and NYC Health + Hospitals can help alleviate the stress, keep kids healthy and in school, and ensure they are able to excel.
100 Schools Project Promotes Mental Health
Through the 100 Schools Project – which, we’re proud to share, was recently featured in the New York Times! – Mental Health Coaches are now in place at 43 schools across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. While they don’t work directly with students, these Coaches are training staff to identify the early signs of mental illness and substance abuse, and to promote wellness and prevention in the classroom.
For example, to help students feel more comfortable utilizing community resources, Coaches are training school staff in methods to reduce the stigma around mental health. Teachers are also learning motivational interviewing, which is a counseling technique to better engage students with positive behavior change.
Students aren’t the only focus though. School staff and teachers are also learning self-care practices to reduce classroom turnover and promote professional development.
Launched in September 2016 with a ten-school pilot, OneCity Health and three other New York City-based Performing Provider Systems (PPS) —Community Care of Brooklyn, Bronx Health Access, and Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities—oversee the 100 Schools Project while the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (The Jewish Board) coordinates the initiative and leads the trainings. Participating schools are also learning how to connect students who have emotional, behavioral, or substance-use challenges with top-tier local mental health providers while enabling the students to remain in school.
The project will continue to expand throughout the remainder of 2017, as the Jewish Board has identified the next 58 schools for project implementation.
Visit the Exam Room Prior to the Classroom
From vision and hearings tests to advice on proper eating, a clean bill of health can help kids stay and strive in the classroom. To help, NYC Health + Hospitals offers pediatric and adolescent health services at little or no cost. Click the borough name below for a flyer detailing the locations where families can receive immunizations, physicals and other back-to-school check-ups.
OneCity Health partners can feel free to download and share the flyers as needed.