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PANDEMIC / FEATURE
CHOC partners with
schools to create
spaces like " The
Corner, " providing
students calm
places to hang out.
The role of children's hospitals
Children's hospitals are looking for new ways to partner
with schools to further advance children's mental health
care. " Both children's hospitals and school systems are very
interested in building their capacity, " says Bohnenkamp. For
example, CHOC's population and mental health teams partnered
with Orange County middle schools and high schools
to create WellSpaces, places where kids can drop in and see
a counselor during school hours. It is staffed by the schools,
but it's a collaboration between the system and CHOC to
support kids when and where they need it. " It's designed to
help kids relax, " Huszti says. " It has activities that can help
teach them healthy coping skills. "
To create or build on partnerships with school systems,
Bohnenkamp suggests children's hospitals start with
a phone call. " Look for district-level leaders to connect
with-this might be a director of student support services
or director of school psychology-and have those conversations. "
Bohnenkamp recommends children's hospitals build a
Memorandum of Understanding with school systems, talking
through what the school needs and what the children's hospital
can offer. She says these kinds of partnerships will go a
long way in building a brighter tomorrow for the children and
teens suffering today. " Even in the wake of this rise in mental
health concerns, I feel optimistic seeing the national and
local community's support for children's mental health, " says
Bohnenkamp. " I'm heartened by that-and we have opportunities
to transform the way we support youth and families. "
Megan McDonnell Busenbark is a freelance writer and
content strategist based in Omaha, Nebraska.
Get in touch. Email magazine@childrenshospitals.org.
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Photo: McAuliffe Middle School

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