HealthLink North County
For more information send us an email or phone 760-740-4220.
A school-health focused, public/private partnership to improve health and education outcomes for North San Diego County's school children. Partners include school nurses, community clinics, mental health providers, local and countywide programs, public health nurses and County Health and Human Services Agency staff. Activities include bi-monthly meetings featuring community presentations, networking and resource sharing, and an email information list of over 200 partners.
Facilities Where this Service is Offered
Email Information Sharing
Participants in HealthLink North County receive communication by email of important resources, services, upcoming events and other relevant school-health related information. Messages are sent once or twice a month and often include attached flyers and other documents as well as links to on-line information. Participants are encouraged to share resources by sending them to the HealthLink Coordinator via email. To sign up for this service, simply send a request to Ashley Cassat or download the program information and contact sheet.
HealthLink Public Health Nursing
HealthLink North County has a Public Health Nursing component. Two dedicated nurses work with North County schools and districts to address health and wellness issues interfering with school attendance or performance.
- In North Coastal Region, contact Debal Acquaro at 760-967-4408.
- In North Inland Region, contact Naomi Brown at 760-740-8865.
HealthLink nurses are also available in the other four HHSA Regions:
- In North Central Region, contact Karee Hopkins at 858-573-7334.
- In Central Region, contact Shahla Abtahi-Sepah at 619-229-3424.
- In East Region, contact Laura Carter at 619-401-3615.
- In South Region, contact Barbara Gee at 619-409-3387.
Meetings are held every other month on the 4th Tuesday from 8:30 - 10:00 AM, with a break for the summer months.
Meetings are scheduled during the following months:
Meetings are held at the North County Regional Education Center located at 255 Pico Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92069 in Communication Lab 2 & 4.
Are We Making the Grade? 2009 San Diego County Report Card on Children & Families
On May 10th, 2010, HealthLink North County and the San Diego Rural Health Network co-hosted a special joint meeting for a presentation from Paula Ingrum of The Children's Initiative. Approximately 80 professionals, community members and service providers joined HHSA North Regions Deputy Director Donna Hand and Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price's Policy Advisor, Jill Monroe, at the North County Regional Education Center in San Marcos for a presentation centered around The Children's Initiative's biennial Report Card (click link) on the overall health and well-being of San Diego County's children, youth, and families, with a focus on North County data. In the evaluation, participants found the presentation overall valuable with useful data. During challenging economic times, tools, such as the Report Card, can help to focus efforts to stay current, and leverage programs to better serve North County residents.
HealthLink North County Celebrates 10 Years!
For 10 years, HealthLink North County has been working together to improve health and education outcomes for North County school-aged children through the promotion of coordinated school health. HealthLink North County has achieved some great accomplishments over the years: the School Food Summit, the School Fitness Summit and the Nutrition to Grow On Curriculum, just to name a few. On September 29, 2009 over 40 partners joined us at the North County Regional Education Center in celebrating the success of reaching this 10-year milestone and highlighted the great work of the collaborative (please click on this flyer link for more details). Keeping in line with the traditional 10-year anniversary gift of aluminum or tin, participants brought canned food donations to support North Coastal Public Health Center’s “Little Angel’s Pantry” to benefit local needy families. Thank you for your commitment to serving San Diego County school-aged children!
2006 School Fitness Summit
HealthLink North County, together with the Coalition on Children and Weight San Diego and the County Supervisor Ron Roberts, hosted the School Fitness Summit on March 2, 2006.
2005 School Food Summit
HealthLink North County, together with the Coalition on Children and Weight San Diego and the County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, hosted the School Food Summit on March 9, 2005. Over 240 people attended, including school and district representatives, and others who influence the school nutrition environment.
"Nutrition to Grow On" Toolkit
HealthLink North County, together with the University of California Cooperative Extension, has developed the "Nutrition to Grow On" toolkit for 4th - 6th graders. These toolkits were created to provide the "tools" and supplies needed to create a classroom garden as well as a nutrition and gardening curriculum. The toolkits were distributed to 21 school districts in North County in March 2007. Technical assistance, training, guest speakers and other resources are available to support the teacher's implementation of the toolkit activities, which also helps to support the goals of district's Local Wellness policy. To learn more, please click these "Nutrition to Grow On" links:
- School District Letter
- Toolkit How To Manual
- Toolkit Food Group Cards
- Toolkit Food Label Samples
- Toolkit Evaluation
- Gardening Resources
- Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Resources
HealthLink North County has numerous partners who provide valuable resources, materials and information to school health professionals and those who work with school-age children. Some valuable links to those partners include:
- San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative
- Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP)
- County Office of Education, School Nurse Resources
- 2-1-1 San Diego
- Network of Care
Health and Human Services Agency Programs
Child Welfare Services
- Child Abuse Hotline: 800-344-6000
- Child Assessment Network North (CANN)
- HHSA Children's Services
- Domestic Violence: DV Hotline 1-88-DVLINKS (1-888-385-4657)
- IF IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 9-1-1
Family Resource Center
- ACCESS (Regional FRC Customer Service Center)
- HHSA Self-Sufficiency Programs
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility Pre-screening Tool
Public Health Center
- County of San Diego H1N1 (Swine Flu)
- HHSA Public Health Nursing
- HHSA Public Health Programs
- Epidemiology and Immunization Services Web Site
HHSA Regional Contact Sheets
For Health and Human Services Agency contact information for the North Regions, please click on the following:
For more information send us an email or phone 760-740-4220.