Healthy Children Learn Best

Building Healthy Futures (BHF) is a nonprofit that aims to improve health for the community’s underserved children and youth through thoughtful collaboration and advocacy. To that end, Building Healthy Future’s role in the community has been to bridge the institutions of health and education – the two institutions with the largest impact on child well-being. Since our inception, we have worked with the Omaha Public Schools and four major health systems in Douglas County to provide health care. Of the children served by our program partners in the areas of primary care, oral health care, mental health care:

  • Approximately 60% of children are enrolled in Medicaid or SCHIP and 30% are uninsured.
  • Schools benefiting from services provided through our collaborative efforts have an average Free & Reduced Lunch rate (FRL) of 90.5% and an average English Language Learner rate of 30.9%; both populations were experiencing disproportionate access to health care within the community prior to implementation of services provided by our collaborative partners.

Building Healthy Futures works to improve health outcomes by 1) building capacity within our provider community to meet the diverse health needs of vulnerable populations, 2) engaging school districts and health systems to re-think “business as usual” to help ensure all children thrive, and 3) guiding common measurements and evaluation to ensure goals for Community Health Improvement Plans are met. Recently, Building Healthy Futures, in partnership with Children’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Ophthalmology Department and the University of Nebraska Medical Center Truhlsen Eye Institute, launched a new initiative, child vision care.

Vision

Building Healthy Futures will support learning for underserved children by improving access to quality health care.

Mission

Our mission is to improve health for our community’s underserved children and youth through thoughtful collaboration and advocacy.

Collaborating for Child Health

Pediatric Community Health Needs Assessment

Building Healthy Futures, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, and Boys Town National Research Hospital and are pleased to share findings from the 2015 Child & Adolescent Community Health Needs Assessment to determine the health status, behaviors and needs of children and teens in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. Professional Research Consultants (PRC) of Omaha conducted the research endeavor.

The 2015 Child & Adolescent Community Health Needs Assessment identified nine areas of opportunity:

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Additionally, organizations may request access to actual data via Building Healthy Futures’ contact box at the bottom of the webpage by submitting name, email address and comment/question.

 

Primary Health Care

As a result of the Child Health Task Force established in 2009 to address health disparities and barriers to primary care for underserved child populations, eight School Based Health Centers (SBHC) were launched within the Omaha Public Schools.  Operated by our collaborative partners, Charles Drew Health Center  and OneWorld Community Health Centers. The SBHCs currently provide acute, chronic, and well-child care to approximately 5,000 children annually in our most impoverished communities in Omaha.  Learn More.

 

Oral Health Care

In 2013, understanding access to preventive oral health care was not equitable in our community, the Child Oral Health Collaborative was reconvened in partnership with Douglas County Health Department.  Building upon the successful Collective Impact work of the Child Health Task Force, “the Collaborative” includes cross-sector partners from K-12 and higher education, primary care, oral health care, nonprofits, government (local and state), insurance and oral health professional organizations.  The Collaborative is driven by the following charge: To improve oral health outcomes by facilitating cross-sector community partnerships to provide a continuum of oral health care and education for underserved children and youth in the Omaha Public Schools. To learn more, please visit the new Child Oral Health Collaborative Website.

 

Vision Health Care

Recognizing that inequities were occurring in the Omaha community for many of its minority, poor and refugee children, Building Healthy Futures convened the Omaha Child Vision Collaborative (CVC) in 2015. Using a Collective Impact framework, the CVC includes cross-sector partners from education, government, insurance, non-profit, health care, post-secondary education, and vision health professional organizations.  Armed with the charge “to create a coordinated system for vision care that includes education, screening, diagnosing, and treatment for underserved children in our city’s most impoverished communities by maximizing resources through cross-sector and interdisciplinary partnerships,” the CVC inaugural meeting occurred February 23, 2015.  To learn more, please visit the new Child Vision Collaborative Website.

Collaborating Partners

Building Healthy Futures Staff

Staff
Jeanee Weiss, MS

Jeanee Weiss, MS

Chief Executive Officer
(402) 715-4160 | j.weiss@bhfomaha.org

Building upon her thirteen year career in education and health, Jeanee serves as the CEO for Building Healthy Futures.  Jeanee earned her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Education from the University of Texas – El Paso, while becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer.  After teaching and training for three years in Houston, Jeanee returned to Omaha to teach in Omaha Public Schools.  During that time, she earned her Master’s in K-12 Educational Administration from University of Nebraska Omaha.  In 2008, Jeanee left the classroom and began her career in supporting school-based health care.  Today, she has the opportunity to use her knowledge and experience in education and health to facilitate cross-sector problem-solving to improve health outcomes for Omaha’s children.

Debra Tomek, MD, FAAP

Debra Tomek, MD, FAAP

Medical Advisor
(402) 715-4178 | dtomek@childrensomaha.org
Contracted through Children’s Physicians

Dr. Tomek is the Medical Director for Children’s Physicians and Medical Advisor for the School Based Health Centers with Healthy Futures Division of Building Bright Futures.

Dr. Tomek graduated from Omaha Northwest High School. She obtained her Engineering Degree from the University of Iowa. She received her M.D. degree in 1987 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She completed her pediatric residency at Geisinger Medical in Danville, Pennsylvania. She returned to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1990 to complete a General Academic Pediatric Fellowship and join the General Pediatric Department as an attending physician until 1994. She worked at the Pediatric Express Care at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska until July of 1995. From July 1995 to September 2012, she served as a Pediatrician in the Emergency Department and Urgent Care's of Children's Hospital & Medical Center.

In 2010, she was hired by Building Bright Futures to serve as the Medical Advisor for six new School Based Health Centers. She continues her role with the new non-profit, Building Health Futures. In September of 2012, Dr. Tomek became the Medical Director for Children’s Physicians. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and volunteer faculty member at Creighton University. Dr. Tomek is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

M. Renee Claborn, RN BSN

M. Renee Claborn, RN BSN

Director of SBHC Programming
(402) 715-4159 | r.claborn@bhfomaha.org
Contracted through Children’s Physicians

Renee Claborn is an Omaha native who has spent the past fifteen years of her nursing career in Pediatrics with Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.  Her experiences range from in-patient care, employee health, urgent care and nursing management.  Her enthusiasm to align best practice with its corresponding policy and advocacy propelled her to join Building Healthy Futures in August 2012 where she served as the Coordinator for the School Based Health Centers. In July 2013, she took on the role of Director, School Based Health Programming.

Her considerable pediatric experience, especially her familiarity in preventive and urgent care, has impacted the continued growth of the School Based Health Centers. In her current position, Renee works with various community stakeholders to determine and address priority health disparities and develop strategic policy interventions to improve health outcomes for Omaha’s children and families.

Her support for Omaha’s children is evident in her work and her service to the community. Renee has served on the Omaha Public Schools Magnet Advisory and Citizens Advisory Committees and remains an English Language Learner classroom volunteer. As a former board member for the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Greater Omaha she worked to foster civic engagement and enhance voting access, particularly for those from traditionally underrepresented communities.  Her work with the LWV and Building Healthy futures has garnered efforts for both local and federal policies that protect the health and safety of all citizens.

After twenty plus years in health care and serving the community, Renee feels fortunate to be doing both with her work at Building Healthy Futures and School Based Health Centers.

Shannon Maloney, PhD

Shannon Maloney, PhD

Director of Evaluation & Innovation

(402) 715-4148 | s.maloney@bhfomaha.org

Contracted through Nebraska Medicine

Kelly A. Gould, MA, RDH

Kelly A. Gould, MA, RDH

Oral Health Services Coordinator
(402) 280-5006 | k.gould@bhfomaha.org
Contracted through Creighton University School of Dentistry

Kelly A. Gould is a public health dental hygienist.  She is the Oral Health Co-Coordinator for Building Healthy Futures where she is part of leading the Child Oral Health Collaborative in a community-wide effort to address oral health for underserved children.  She is also an Assistant Professor of Community and Preventive Dentistry and Director of Extramural Programs at Creighton University School of Dentistry where she directs service-learning rotations for dental students to increase capacity of the oral health safety net in Omaha. 

She received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) from the UNMC College of Dentistry and a Master of Arts (MA) in Health Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She is currently a graduate student in the Master of Public Health (MPH) at Creighton University with an expected graduation of May 2015.

She is a member of the American Public Health Association, Public Health Association of Nebraska and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Her interests are in population-based health, community engagement and improving access to oral health care for underserved populations.  

Tami Trewet, RDH

Tami Trewet, RDH

Oral Health Services Coordinator
t.trewet@bhfomaha.org
Contracted through UNMC College of Dentistry

Tami Trewet has an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Iowa Western Community College, and a Bachelor of Dental Hygiene from Creighton College of Dentistry. Tami has worked in many aspects of academic, clinical and public health dentistry including private practice, public health dental hygienist in nursing homes in Iowa. Most recently, Tami has worked as a hygienist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Pediatric Dental Clinic at Children's Hospital.

Margie Dumas-Hill

Margie Dumas-Hill

Community Liaison & Admin. Specialist
(402) 715-4161 | m.dumas@bhfomaha.org
Contracted through Children’s Physicians

Margie Dumas-Hill is currently the Community Liaison & Administrative Specialist at Building Healthy Futures. She works to maintain the Building Healthy Future office at a high functioning level. Margie attends many community meetings and distributes information to the work place and to the community. Margie was previously employed with Building Bright Futures as the Administrative Assistant. Prior to that she was the Program Director of the Amachi Mentoring Program at the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church. This program matched children between the ages of 4-18 with adult mentors.

Margie is active with several community based organizations that assist with improving the health of the community such as Black Family Health and Wellness Association and North Omaha Community Care Council. Her participation on various community taskforces, groups, and affiliations reflects her desire to improve the community through giving of her time and energy.
 

Barbara Rebrovich, MS

Barbara Rebrovich, MS

Director of Development
(402) 715-4168 | b.rebrovich@bhfomaha.org
Contracted through Nebraska Medicine

Barb is an employee of Nebraska Medicine (The Nebraska Medical Center) and a contract employee to Building Healthy Futures.  As Director of Development, her responsibilities include research, project design and proposal development, using a Collective Impact framework to support the initiatives of Building Healthy Futures.  As the Director of Development she provides oversight to financial operations of the organization, monitors grant funding and, in collaboration with program staff, prepares and submits grant proposals and reports to funders.

Barb has a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and over 25 years of experience in research, project design and proposal development to private, foundation and state and federal funding sources.  During her tenure at the community college level, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the non-profit environment, her efforts have contributed to awards in excess of $40 million.  Barb is a lifetime member of the Council for Resource Development, having served for several years on the National Board of Directors.  A Rotarian for 20 years, she is currently serving as President of Omaha North Rotary. 
 

Jillian Wallen, B.D.S., M.S.

Jillian Wallen, B.D.S., M.S.

Dental Advisor
j.wallen@bhfomaha.org
Contracted through UNMC College of Dentistry

Dr. Jill Wallen has a Dental Degree from University of Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, Glasgow, Scotland 2000. Her Master’s Degree and Post-Graduate training is in Pediatric Dentistry from The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus Ohio 2002. She has also been a career academician, who helps with appointments at University of Colorado (Denver Children’s Hospital), and at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. And most recently, she has been the Chair of the Department of Growth and Development at University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry.

Dr. Wallen is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Education Association, American Dental Association, and Fellow of International College of Dentists and American College of Dentists.

Kathy Austin, MPA

Kathy Austin, MPA

Vision Services Coordinator
(402) 715-4163 | k.austin@bhfomaha.org

Kathy has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She has over 35 years of experience in education and health care, most recently in ophthalmology for 20 years at UNMC.  She was on the national board of the University Administrators of Ophthalmology for over 12 years. 

As Vision Services Coordinator, her responsibilities include advising and assisting OPS, School Based Health Clinics and the Child Vision Collaborative regarding program design and development to improve access to vision care.  In addition she will facilitate vision program growth and development within OPS and in the future other school districts. Kathy will also coordinate and facilitate communication among Building Health Future, school districts, organizations contracted to operate vision care, community health care providers and others involved in the Child Vision Collaborative.

Kailey Kocourek

Kailey Kocourek

Program Assistant
(402) 715-4163 | k.kocourek@bhfomaha.org

Kailey is a recent graduate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She graduated in August 2015 with her Bachelor's Degree in Public Health. She is currently pursing her Master's in Public Health from UNMC.

Annette Sneckenberg

Annette Sneckenberg

Director of Finance
a.sneckenberg@bhfomaha.org
Contracted through CFO Systems

Annette Sneckenberg has over 25 years of experience in corporate finance. She has served as Controller, CFO and Finance Director in the construction, communications, media and retail industries.  She takes a progressive approach to creating a seamless flow across all areas of a company including finance, accounting, IT and human resources.

As Controller of a midsized company, Annette developed a system of reports, controls and infrastructure for a newly formed entity and created a progressive inventory system based on predictive modeling.  She has built an accounting system from the ground up, leveraging her advanced technical ability to construct access databases to accommodate data from approximately 80 subsidiaries.  Annette works with clients to develop financial models and strategies that help direct company growth.  In addition, she uses her negotiation skills with vendors to produces cost effective solutions.

Annette led the company wide roll out a point-of-sale system for a large retail outlet that she later implemented at the franchise level.   At the same company, she helped develop an ongoing strategy to move from wholly-owned stores to franchisee model, including direction or IT team and overall technology road-map.

Internships

Internships

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