The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) enthusiastically announces the release of the Healthy Youth Resource Guide. Working in conjunction with the District of Columbia of Public Schools and the Public Charter School Board, OSSE created an adolescent health services and support directory as a guidance tool for both District school staff and youth serving organizations. In addition to providing this guide, OSSE has also developed an online referral tracking system to assist District school staff and organizations link youth to adolescent health services and support. To learn more about the Healthy Youth Resource Guide and other services related to the guide, please contact [email protected].
What is the Healthy Youth Resource Guide?
The Healthy Youth Resource Guide is a directory that assists users to identify youth serving organizations, which offer sexual health services and other care within the District. Users of this guide include school staff (i.e. school health clinicians and classroom educators) and community stakeholders who serve youth. The guide also offers assistance on how users can navigate the referral process to encourage and instruct youth on seeking care.
How do I use the Healthy Youth Resource Guide?
Users will be able to:
- Navigate through the directory from the service categories to identify the providers.
- Find youth friendliness of sexual health services.
- Read recommended tips on how to overcome barriers for youth to access services.
- Receive recommended steps on how to successfully make a referral.
- Identify the District’s Minor’s Rights to Health Services.
School Health Provider Network
The School Health Providers Network is a group of key partners that provide essential wellness services to youth, which includes (but not limited to): sexual health, mental health, academic success and/or adult preparation and other services. These partners are highlighted within the Healthy Youth Resource Guide as a member of the School Health Provider Network so that all District of Columbia schools and youth serving organizations can directly refer youth to their services as needed. The benefits of being a part of the School Health Providers Network includes, partnering with OSSE and other agencies to improve the District’s youth access to key youth-friendly health services and support. Providers will also help promote positive health
behaviors that will ultimately reduce youth’s risk to negative health outcomes and poor academic achievements. Partners of the network will also have opportunities to receive support from OSSE and colleagues on how to better work with schools and youth. If an organization is interested in joining the School Health Provider Network, they can send an email to [email protected] or contact (202) 741-6488.
What is the OSSE Online Referral Tracking System?
The OSSE Online Referral Tracking System is an online referral tracking platform that allows users to access youth-friendly services offered by the School Health Provider Network members. As the user seeks care for the youth, they will be prompted to enter a brief description of the issue and a list of providers will appear on the screen. Once the users have identified the desired provider, they will give that information to the youth and save the referral in the system. The OSSE Online Referral Tracking System is intended to be used by school staff and any youth serving organization.
How do I log into the OSSE Online Referral Tracking System?
All users must complete an OSSE non-disclosure form and complete the OSSE Online Referral Tracking System training prior to obtaining access to the OSSE Online Referral Tracking System. To register for the next upcoming training please send your request to [email protected]
How do I request technical assistance?
To request technical assistance, learn more about the use of the Healthy Youth Resource Guide, OSSE Online Referral System, and the School Health Provider Network send a technical assistance request to [email protected]. Write in the desired service in the subject line. Please see the examples below:
- Obtain a hard copy of the Healthy Youth Resource Guide.
- Access the electronic version of the Healthy Youth Resource Guide.
- Access the OSSE Online Referral System.
- Request Healthy Youth Resource Guide User Training.
- Request OSSE Online Referral Training.
- Join the School Health Provider Network.
For additional information, please email [email protected].