School health services: 1.2 million CA students have no access to a School Nurse

A recent study of health services in California schools, funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, and headed by Dian Baker, pictured above, a pediatric nurse practitioner and associate professor of nursing at CSU-Sacramento, was presented in March at the California School Nurses Association in Sacramento.
Health services for California students with special health care needs vary greatly by school district, are provided by a variety of school staff, operate under a confusing patchwork of regulations, and are often underfunded, according to a new study. Researchers from California State University-Sacramento’s School of Nursing analyzed 2011-2012 state education data, interviewed school education experts, and conducted a large-scale survey of certified school nurses who are members of the California School Nurses Association.
To read 3 interesting fact sheets on the findings of their research please click here

Thank You for Attending the 2014 Health Summit!

Thank you to all who attended the Family Voices of California 12th annual Health Summit on February 24-25 in Sacramento!
It was a wonderful event that brings together people who make health care policies, people who provide health care services, and families who rely on those services to meet the significant health care needs of their children. 
UPDATE 4/3/2014
Take a look at the Health Summit Highlights for photos, stories, and more of the Summit and Legislative Day.


Covered California and Children: What do Families and Professionals Need to Know?

Take a look at this helpful fact sheet, which details what families and professionals need to know about Covered California.

Project Leadership Opportunity!

Your experience as a parent is important. Your voice can make a difference.
  • Does your child have special health care needs or a disability?
  • Do you want to learn more about systems for children with special health care needs?
  • Do you have ideas about how health services could be better?
We are looking for families who want to be heard. Apply now for Project Leadership!
  • No cost training series
  • $300 stipends available for participants who complete all 7 sessions
  •  Free on-site childcare (limited space available)
Two series to choose from in 2014:
Wednesdays:  Saturdays:

Jan 8, 15, 22, 29

Feb 5, 12, 19

9:30 am-1:30 pm

Jan 11, 18, 25

Feb 1, 8, 15, 22

9:30 am-1:30 pm

LOCATION: San Francisco—easy access from BART and MUNI.
FVCA’s overall project goal is to increase the number of family members of children with special health care needs who are prepared and supported to become advocates for health care policy and service improvements.
TO APPLY OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Allison Gray / 415-282-7494 ext. 136
Flyer [pdf]

School Nurse Spread Thin

School nurses spread thin in California - the need for more training and certification for unlicensed personnel in schools providing health services. Read this informative article.