Campus: San Francisco State University -- April 11, 2005
San Francisco Head Start To Provide Health-Care Training To Families
The city's program, run by SFSU, wins grant from UCLA, Johnson & Johnson
The San Francisco Head Start program has won a grant to provide convenient,
easy-to-understand health-care training to 75 of its families beginning this fall.
The city's program, run by San Francisco State University, was recently awarded an
$8,000 grant from The Anderson School at University of California, Los Angeles,
and Johnson & Johnson to implement a training model developed by those two
organizations. Thirty of about 300 Head Start programs from across the country
that applied for the grants were awarded.
Head Start families who participated in a pilot study of the training, which
incorporates the book "What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick" by Gloria Mayer,
reported a 37-percent drop in visits to health-care providers and a 48-percent
drop in emergency-room visits in the six months following the training.
"Families feel empowered, more in control over providing care for their children
and less dependent on doctors," said Juanita Santana, executive and program
director for San Francisco Early Head Start and Head Start programs. "This grant
gives us an opportunity to develop an effective training model and to develop the
expertise to implement it citywide in the future."
San Francisco Early Head Start and Head Start will recruit families to participate
in the program from all of its 24 sites located throughout the city, from Bayview
and Chinatown to the Mission and Sunset.
For details, contact Santana at 405-0512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco Early Head Start and Head Start are federally funded programs that
serve 1,468 low-income children throughout the city. Their mission is to provide
high quality comprehensive services to eligible children and families by meeting
the unique needs of each child and family's diversity, culture, ethnicity,
language, ability and disability in a sensitive and respectful manner. SFSU has
run the San Francisco programs since 1999.
One of the largest campuses in the CSU system, SFSU was founded in 1899 and today
is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public, urban university.
Contact: Matt Itelson, (415) 338-1743; (415) 338-1665;