Volume 1 Issue 4  
 
In this issue: Letter from Coordinator,
Spotlight on Service, NWHFSC News, Partner Profile
 
 
Dear friends of NWHFSC,

The start of the new school year is upon us and family service needs are evolving. NW Hennepin Family Service Collaborative (NWHFSC) continues adapting to serve our nine communities. We have expanded to meet family needs. Please join us in welcoming two new staff members.
 
Sierra Howard looks forward to welcoming all Brooklyn Center residents at the Brooklyn Center Community Schools health resource center. The Collaborative launched a two-year pilot to fund this new position.
 
Newly hired Tena Johnshoy Barasa is highly organized and ready to assist in the NWHFSC management office. She is taking over for retiring administrative assistant Deb McEwen. After twelve years faithfully maintaining LCTS data, setting up coat drives and planning hundreds of partner meetings, Deb McEwen is retiring. We thank Deb for her years of service! 
 
Sincerely,
 
Rachel Harris, MA 
NWHFSC Coordinator  |  nwhfsc@district279
Working together. Supporting family success.
 
Spotlight on Service: Family School Coordinators and Health Resource Center
 
Family School Coordinator (FSC) program work is a regional design model in the six middle schools in the NWHFSC service delivery area. Family School Coordinators provide school-based mental health intervention services. The FSCs are based on a best practices model of prevention and early intervention developed by Wm. Dikel Ph.D. The Family School Coordinators initially were a part of a Pilot Project with the Hennepin County Leadership Action Group for Children’s Mental Health (LAG). These positions are fully funded by the Northwest Hennepin Family Service Collaborative in partnership with PrairieCare.

Family School Coordinators Duties:
  • Provide confidential, skills-based support to children and adolescents in a school-based setting
  • Work closely with teachers and other school staff to support and improve a student’s functioning in school
  • Offer family supports in the home, school, or office setting during day or evening hours
  • Assist families in navigating through the sometimes-confusing array of school and community services
  • Offer referrals to other resources in the community when needed
  • Team with the student, family members, and school staff to effectively address the mental health needs of the student
 
 
 
Remi Ereku
 
 
Leah Vancura
 
 
Randi Ordner
 
 
NWHFSC News
Health Resource Center Hires New Coordinator, Sierra Howard
 
Brooklyn Center Community Schools and NWHFSC has hired Sierra Howard to the Health Resource Coordinator position! Sierra will be responsible for supporting the Full-Service Community Schools’ model at Brooklyn Centers Community Schools Health Resource Center.  She will assist in building a community of success through collaboration, basic needs, wrap around services, resource and referral information, and data tracking. Welcome Sierra!
 
NWHFSC Welcomes New Administrative Assistant
 
The NWHFSC says good-bye to long time Administrative Assistant Deb McEwen, who is retiring this month, and welcomes Tena Johnshoy Barasa. 
 
Tena has worked in various roles within public schools for the last five years. Most recently she worked within the technology department for Osseo Area Schools. Tena graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2011 with a B.A. in Mass Communications. Welcome to the team Tena!  
 
 
 
 NWHFSC Educates via Lunch N Learn
 
On August 27, NWHFSC will host a virtual Zoom "Lunch N Learn" to educate neighborhood outreach specialists, homeless liaisons, family advocates, and social workers about the services provided by Children's Dental Services.
 
NWHFSC Lunch N Learn with Children's Dental Services (CDS) and Sadiya Khan
12:00 - 12:45 PM on August 27, 2020
Up to 25 people are welcome at this free Zoom session. Email NWHFSC to sign up.
 
Learn about the dental services available for children and pregnant women regardless of income.
 
Sadiya Khan, Manager with Children's Dental Services
 
"I have worked at Children’s Dental Services (CDS) for the past 4 years, and currently serve as a Manager overseeing scheduling of dental services for vulnerable and low-income, diverse children and pregnant women across Minnesota. I was born in India and moved to United Stares in 2006. I finished my high school education in India, continuing my higher education here in the US. I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota (BA - Psychology ). Since childhood my goal has been to help underserved communities. I love what I do!"
Partner Profile: Children's Dental Services 
 
Children's Dental Services (CDS) serves children from birth to age 26 and pregnant women, regardless of income. Children's Dental Services accepts all forms of insurance and offers reduced-cost care under an income-based sliding scale. (Starting late March 2020 during the pandemic, serving patients of all ages up to 100+ per temporary board approval). 
CDS provides dental care in over 600 clinical locations. Search the list on this website: http://childrensdentalservices.org/services/
 Call 612-746-1530 or toll free 1-866-543-6009 to make an appointment for all locations, or to learn more.
 
 
About NWHFSC
Founded in 1996, the NWHFSC is a Minnesota state-initiated collaborative that pools resources and knowledge to provide health and human services. At NWHFSC, our work is to provide family advocate services, immunizations, preventive mental health, and resources for families and children. Three school districts and their associated nine cities comprise the Northwest Hennepin Family Service Collaborative area. School district representatives, Hennepin County staff, healthcare businesses and community members serve on the Board of Directors. Learn more at www.nwhfsc.org.
 
We welcome new partnerships. If you know of organizations able to provide services for residents in Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Maple Grove, Osseo, Champlin, Dayton and portions of Plymouth, Rogers and Corcorron, please email nwhfsc@district279.org.
 
 
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NWHFSC, 11200 93rd Avenue N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
 
 
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