Success Stories

SCCAWN’s accomplishments include community forums on Youth Involvement, School-Based Health, and the Behavioral Health system, a survey and trainings for 330 local teachers and service providers on responding to complex adolescent wellness issues, a report on school health and wellness policies in the county, a funding scan of youth programs, and improved collaboration and efficiency among local service providers.

Here we highlight a few of our network’s success stories from the past year.

Meet the PYLoTs!

By Cassalyn David, March 12, 2014

DSCN0654 The Positive Youth Leadership Team (PYLoT) is a dynamic group of Santa Cruz County high school students partnering with AWN to expand youth voice and action for a healthy community. The initial planning team has been meeting since October to create a long-term plan for youth involvement in AWN activities and decision-making. Stay tuned, this team is ready to grow and take charge!

Forum Encourages Youth Involvement in Local Organizations

By Cassalyn David, June 24, 2013

Tanya Cruz from the Pinal Hispanic Council and Eloy Governor's Alliance Against Drugs Coalition and Hannah Carlson, Child Care Health Consultant with UACE pose with Tanya's substance prevention props.

Tanya Cruz from the Pinal Hispanic Council and Eloy Governor’s Alliance Against Drugs Coalition and Hannah Carlson, Child Care Health Consultant with UACE pose with Tanya’s substance prevention props.
Leaders from 16 local organizations gathered to discuss Youth Involvement and Leadership at forum presented by Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network (SCCAWN) under the leadership of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension-Santa Cruz County (UACE).Hannah Carlson, Child Care Health Consultant for UACE and SCCAWN member, arranged the forum, bringing in statewide experts in youth involvement. Kirk Astroth, Assistant Dean of Cooperative Extension at the University of Arizona and Director of the Arizona 4-H Youth Development Program, shared in-depth background information and keys to creating authentic youth partnerships. Tanya Cruz discussed successes from her work with the Pinal Hispanic Council and Eloy Governor’s Alliance Against Drugs, leaders in youth development. For more information or to participate in future youth involvement programs, contact us.

Santa Cruz County School Health Profiles Released

By Cassalyn David August 5, 2013

In addition to our written report, SCCAWN produced a PowerPoint file with maps comparing the Santa Cruz County survey responses to state and national results.

In addition to our written report, SCCAWN produced a PowerPoint file with maps comparing the Santa Cruz County survey responses to state and national results.

Because young people attend school approximately six hours a day, 180 days per year, schools are in a unique position to help improve the health status of adolescents. SCCAWN wanted to learn more about school health policies and practices in Santa Cruz County and give schools a tool to measure their performance against nationwide averages and best practices. In 2011 SCCAWN administered The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) School Health Profiles survey, which measures health and physical education, HIV/AIDS prevention, tobacco use prevention, nutrition, asthma management and family and community involvement. In February 2013, SCCAWN presented the completed report and PowerPoint to all county school superintendents. This information recognizes our schools’ great accomplishments toward creating healthy environments and helps identify potential for further improvements. For more information on Profiles visit the CDC Profiles website.

SCCAWN Trainings Reach 330 Teachers and Youth Service Providers

By Cassalyn David, August 14, 2013

Barb Iversen, M.C., provides training on bullying and adolescent development to SCVUSD employees.

Barb Iversen, M.C., provides training on bullying and adolescent development to SCVUSD employees.

Through an innovative partnership with the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC), SCCAWN was able to provide trainings on a variety of adolescent development topics to local teachers and other youth service providers in the 2012-2013 school year. Over 330 employees from non-profit organizations and four school districts received the free trainings. SCCAWN developed the program in response to a 2011 needs assessment, which asked these vital service providers what issues and topics they felt they needed more information and resources to address. SEAHEC drew on its extensive experience providing continuing medical education and brought in local and statewide experts to respond to the assessment. The trainings exemplify how SCCAWN is accomplishing more through collaboration than any one agency could do alone. Topics included School Suicide Prevention, Bullying and Adolescent Development, and Identifying and Responding to At-Risk Youth. The trainings will continue in 2013-2014 with Teen Dating Violence and more. Contact us for more information.

¡Cuidate! Empowers Teens to Reduce Risky Behaviors and Achieve their Goals

By Cassalyn David, August 16, 2013

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¡Cuidate! participants practice their HIV/AIDS knowledge with an interactive trivia game.

The network is committed to supporting the development of adolescent-serving programs, and 2012 year marked a victory for local teen health classes. SCCAWN staff was instrumental in Mariposa Community Health Center’s successful application to the Arizona Department of Health Services Personal Responsibility Education Program. This funding now supports supports risk-reduction and pregnancy prevention classes for Santa Cruz County youth. The program uses an evidence and theory-based curriculum called ¡Cuídate! (Take Care of Yourself!) which emphasizes Latino cultural beliefs to frame abstinence and condom use as accepted and effective ways to prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The goals are for participants to demonstrate increased knowledge of teen sexuality, pregnancy, and STI risk-reduction behaviors, as well as personal responsibility, healthy relationships, & life skills. The program has been presented at several locations across the county from schools to the juvenile detention center, and has exceeded its goal by reaching 412 youth in its first year.

Reaching out to New Stakeholders and Partners

By Cassalyn David, August 20, 2013

SCCAWN partners identified new stakeholders to reach out to for input and expanded membership.

SCCAWN partners identified new stakeholders to reach out to for input and expanded membership.

As SCCAWN continues to expand its programs and work toward an integrated, collaborative system of adolescent services, it is increasingly important to have a diverse membership. In September 2012, SCCAWN hosted a forum with local behavioral health providers to learn about shared goals and opportunities to collaborate. Common themes arose, such as youth development programs, and shared goals included supporting schools. Since that time, SCCAWN welcomed two new partner organizations, representing behavioral health, substance abuse prevention, and domestic violence programs. We are proud to have Community Intervention Associates and Circles of Peace joining the network, and we continue to reach out to other local service providers. With these new and strenghtened connections, SCCAWN’s trainings and programs will better encompass the needs and resources in our county. Contact us to learn more about collaborating with us.

SCCAWN Leads Health Networks in Developing Value Propositions

By Cassalyn David, August 13, 2013

SCCAWN tailored the concept of compelling value propositions to the work of rural health networks and networks from across the country.

We tailored the concept of compelling value propositions to the work of rural health networks and shared the tools we developed with our colleagues from across the country.

SCCAWN Director Cassalyn David presented the workshop, “Crafting Value Propositions for Rural Health Networks” at two national conferences in 2013. A value proposition is a statement of the benefits your audience will gain from your services. It is most commonly associated with sales and marketing, but rural health networks need compelling ways to communicate their value and impacts to potential partners, funders, and the communities they serve. These presentations, at the April National Cooperative of Health Networks Association Annual Conference, and the June Office of Rural Health Policy Network Development Grantee Meeting, were great opportunities to showcase SCCAWN’s work on sustainability and learn from our peer networks. We believe it is important to effectively communicate our impacts, both at the local and national level. We are founded on the importance of communicating and sharing successes and best practices to advance adolescent well-being.

SCCAWN Leader Receives National Award

By Rebecca Davis, April 25, 2013

2013Conference_083 Cassalyn David, Network Director of the Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network (SCCAWN), was recognized as the 2013 Outstanding New & Emerging Network Leader of the Year by the National Cooperative of Health Networks (NCHN) on Wednesday, April 17th, in New Orleans, Louisiana. NCHN, a professional membership organization of health network leaders across the nation, recognized David for her extraordinary leadership as a director who has held the position for less than 5 years. “Cassalyn immediately became involved in NCHN when she was employed as the Network Director,” said Rebecca J. Davis, NCHN’s Executive Director. “Her grasp of the role a network plays in the overall delivery of quality healthcare was immediate. Her peers across the country recognized her leadership skills with this award.”

 

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