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DPHHS School Health Program Grants

The School Health Mini-Grant Program provides grants to nurses, asthma and diabetes educators, school counselors and administrators working in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the state of Montana. Grants support applicants in their efforts to create safe and healthy learning environments for students and school staff.  

Grant application period for the 2016-2017 school year:
July 1, 2017 - March 15, 2018

How to Apply

Step 1: Confirm eligibility

  • School Nurses
  • Head Start Nurses
  • City/County Public Health Nurses
  • Certified Asthma or Diabetes Educators
  • School Counselors
  • School Administrators

Step 2: Choose a project

Option #1: School Staff/Coach Training (Asthma or Diabetes)

Using educational materials provided by the Montana Asthma Control Program, award recipients will provide asthma education and training to school teachers, staff and/or coaches. Educators may choose to focus their asthma education and training towards all school staff by using the “Creating Asthma Friendly Schools” resource guide. Alternatively, the training can be tailored towards coaches using a slightly different presentation and additional coaching resources. 

In order to complete this project, asthma education and training must be provided to at least five school staff members or coaches per individual applicant. School nurses and asthma educators are encouraged to consult with school administrators to determine if the training can be incorporated into a PIR training day. OPI renewal unit certificates from the Montana Asthma Control Program are available upon request. 

Grantees are encouraged to direct school staff and coaches who are unable to attend in-person trainings to the online training on OPI's Teacher Learning Hub

Project Documents

Option #2: Assessing School Chronic Disease Policies/Procedures

Using a school policies and practices checklist form provided by the Montana School Health Program, grantees will assess school policies and practices related to asthma or other chronic diseases. Grantees will then present their findings to the school administration.

Project Documents

 

Option #3: Attend Asthma or Diabetes Conference/Education Event

This option allows participants to use their funding to attend the annual Big Sky Pulmonary Conference, Asthma Educator Certification Review Course, Diabetes Conference, or other Diabetes Training event. The Montana School Health Program will wave registration fees for the applicants and the mini-grant funding can be used for travel, lodging expenses, and substitute costs. In order to complete this project, the applicant must attend at least one of the proposed events and return the outcomes report form to the School Health Program.

Project Documents

Option #4: Teach an Asthma Self-Management Curriculum to Students

Applicants will teach an asthma self-management curriculum to students with asthma, using either the Open Airways for Schools or Power Breathing programs (depending on the age of the students). In order to complete this project, asthma self-management education must be provided to at least five students per applicant.

Project Documents

Option #5: Facilitate Student Hands-Only CPR Training

This option provides applicants the opportunity to partner with a certified instructor to bring a Hands-Only CPR training to the school. The Hands-Only CPR training was developed by the American Heart Association and has been used to train over 50,000 people in Montana. In order to complete this project, individual grantee must provide training to at least 25 students and group grantees must train at least 50 students. Applicants must submit an outcomes report form to the School Health Program.  

Project Documents

Hands-Only CPR Training Checklist
Hands-Only CPR Training Outcomes Report Form

Option #6: Asthma Home Visiting Program Referrals

Nurses, Certified Asthma Educators, or other school staff will review school records and identify students with a current asthma diagnosis as diagnosed by a medical provider. The grantees will assess asthma control among students using the Asthma Control Test and other measures specified by the Montana Asthma Control Program. Students with uncontrolled asthma shall be referred to the Montana Asthma Home Visiting Program (MAP) in their county/region. MAP services are available in the following counties: Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, Blaine County, Butte-Silver Bow County, Cascade County, Custer County, Dawson County, Flathead County, Gallatin County, Hill County, Lewis and Clark County, Liberty County, Missoula & Granite Counties, Park County, Richland County, and Roosevelt County. Students whose asthma is under control will receive educational materials and resources to take home. Students with uncontrolled asthma will be referred to the MAP home visiting nurse in the area. In order to complete this project, asthma control assessments must be performed with at least five students.

Project Documents

Asthma Take Home Resources

Option #7: Design Your Own Project

This option allows applicants to design their own chronic disease focused project to address a specific concern in their school or district. The Montana School Health Program will work closely with the applicant to clearly identify the project and goals. 

Project Documents

Step 3: Complete and submit application form and W-9

A letter of support from a school administrator is also required; this may be submitted at the same time as you complete the application, or it may be submitted afterwards. If you are a school administrator, please write a brief letter explaining why you are applying for a school health grant. DPHHS will not process your grant application until we have received a letter of support.  

If filling out a hard copy application, please mail or fax (406-444-7465) the completed form to:

Montana School Health Program
PO Box 202951
Helena, MT 59620

Step 4: Await notification

After you submit the application and letter of support, your application will be reviewed within two weeks. If you do not hear from the School Health Program within two weeks, please contact us to confirm that we have received your application materials. Since applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, please submit your application as soon as you are able.

Step 5: Complete the project

Once you are notified that you have been awarded a grant, plan and carry out the project that you have selected. Contact the School Health Program for additional resources if needed.

Step 6: Return outcomes forms

After you have completed the project, you will need to return the outcomes report form for your project, as well as any other additional documents noted on the outcomes report. For the 2017 project cycle, outcomes report forms will be due by May 31, 2018. If you have any further questions, please contact BJ Biskupiak at (406) 444-0995.

Congratulations!

Word is getting out to your communities about your projects! The School Health Program will send a press release to your local area newspaper to highlight the great work you're doing in your school or district.

Chronic Disease Resources

Looking for tools to help teach students, parents, and staff about asthma or diabetes? Want to help your students manage their conditions better? Check out the following resources:

Asthma

Diabetes

 

 

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