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 jsantana@headstart.sfsu.edu.

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; matti@sfsu.edu


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