Category Archives: School-based health centers

Feb 19 2014

School-Based Health Centers: A Bridge to a Healthier Future

Elizabeth Dickson, MSN, RN, is a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at University of New Mexico. Earlier in her career, she worked at a school-based health center (SBHC). This post is part of the “Health Care in 2014” series.


As a public health nurse, I have worked with children in schools for much of my career.  From 2009 until 2013, I worked at a SBHC in New Mexico that was located in an alternative high school in southern Albuquerque. Although small, many students at this school came from families of mixed immigration status and had experienced high levels of street violence, alcohol and drug abuse and overdose, suicide, poverty and food scarcity, minimal health care access, and high teen pregnancy rates.

These kids saw and experienced more than many outsiders of the community could have imagined. The SBHC was open one day a week during school hours and employed a staff that included a nurse practitioner, a physician assistant, public health nurses, administrative staff, and mental health counselors. I worked with an incredible team that provided many health services and screenings, including mental health support, in the limited time that we had.

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Dec 7 2012

What the Election Means for Health and Health Care… A Glimpse into the Future

Eileene Shake, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is CEO of the Foundation for Nursing Excellence. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog asked scholars and experts to consider what the election results will mean for health and health care in the United States.


The 2012 election is over and now, as health care leaders, we are trying to figure out how to move forward with implementing the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA).  Yes, there will be an influx of Americans entering the health care system who did not have access to health care in the past. The impact on nursing will be significant as nurses are being recognized as important to providing care to the large number of new patients entering the system.  Nurses will be key players working on interdisciplinary teams to redesign how health care is delivered. Nurses and advanced practice nurses will need to practice to the full extent of their education in order to care for the increased number of citizens entering the health care system.

There will be less resistance to implementing the ACA and more emphasis will be placed on how to implement it.  Hospitals are already putting processes in place to reduce readmission rates for patients with chronic disease.  New programs are being implemented to manage health care after the patient is discharged to reduce readmission rates. Nurses are following up with patients to ensure they are taking their medications, checking their blood pressure, and following their therapeutic diets. It is important to note that there will still be some resistance to implementing the ACA from states that do not feel they can afford to pay for the health care program. 

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Feb 16 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Support for brain injury patients, school health programs, Alzheimer's treatment and more.

Here’s a sampling of recent news coverage of the work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars and Fellows:

Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and director of The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, spoke to Advance for Nurses about the Future of Nursing report’s “80 by ‘20” recommendation—a call for 80 percent of nurses to have their BSN by 2020.

Yonas E. Geda, MD, a scholar with the RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, is the lead author of a study that finds older people whose diets are high in calories are at greater risk for mild cognitive impairment. USA Today, CNN’s The Chart blog and MedPage Today are among the outlets to report on the study.

RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumna Sarah Gollust, PhD, spoke to The Atlantic about perceptions of type 2 diabetes. The media tends to emphasize personal responsibility for the disease, she said, which can stigmatize people and erode public support for treatment. Read a post Gollust wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog about public opinion and the fairness of health inequalities.

Funded by a five-year, $1.2 million grant, Kynna Wright-Volel, PhD, RN, FAAN, an assistant professor, pediatric nurse practitioner and RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar, is launching Project SHAPE LA ™ in coordination with the UCLA School of Nursing and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The coordinated school-health program is designed to increase physical activity among youth in LA County schools, UCLA Today and other outlets report.

Jason Karlawish, MD, recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, guested on NPR’s Talk of the Nation to discuss a study that finds an FDA-approved drug for skin cancer can reduce Alzheimer’s-like symptoms in mice. Learn more about Karlawish’s research, and read a post he wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog.

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