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

Mission

Collaborating for Child Health

Mejorar el éxito educativo de los estudiantes, proporcionando ampliación de los servicios de atención médica en el lugar.

Siete School-Based Health Centers se puso en marcha en agosto de 2010 y comenzó a prestar atención a todos los estudiantes de las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha y sus hermanos menores, junto con dos Centros de Educare y ocho centros de atención temprana infancia. Desde su apertura, los SBHCs se han inscrito 28.645 de 34.802 estudiantes elegibles, y proporcionó atención médica a 4.313 estudiantes durante 6.640 visitas al médico durante el período de dos años. De los atendidos, el 25% no tienen seguro médico, y el 60% están inscritos en Medicaid, una figura notable en comparación con la matrícula estado general del 33%. Más del 70% de los alumnos atendidos eran afroamericanos o hispanos, y el 78% entre las edades de 5-15 años de edad.

 

Evaluar la necesidad de la comunidad y obtener datos de línea de base para medir con precisión el impacto de la escuela basados ​​en Centros de Salud y programación de un futuro saludable.

La construcción de un futuro saludable y el Colegio UNMC de Salud Pública está trabajando para completar la evaluación del programa de los Centros de Salud Basados ​​en la Escuela para medir nuestro impacto en los resultados de salud infantil y salud relacionados con las ausencias de la escuela.

Collaborating Partners

Building Healthy Futures Staff

Staff
Jeanee Weiss

Jeanee Weiss

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

Debra Tomek, MD, FAAP

Debra Tomek, MD, FAAP

Medical Advisor
(402) 715-4178
dtomek@childrensomaha.org

M. Renee Claborn, RN BSN

M. Renee Claborn, RN BSN

SBHC Coordinator
(402) 715-4159
r.claborn@bhfomaha.org

Kris Chavez

Kris Chavez

Health Education Facilitator
(402) 715-4178
k.chavez@bhfomaha.org