Jan 2024

Dear Healthy Campus Community,

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and we are excited for what’s to come in 2024. Welcome to the January edition of our newsletter!

As we step into the new year, we’re excited to share our January newsletter, where we’ll cover recent highlights, provide brief recaps of past events, and offer a glimpse into what’s ahead for Healthy Campus.

We value your ongoing support, and we’re grateful for your presence in the Healthy Campus community.

Take a moment to catch up on what’s happening, and here’s to a positive and healthy 2024 together!

Healthy Campus in the News:

Healthy Campus prides itself on being a force for change in our industry. Recently, we were featured in the news – take a look at some of the coverage below!

California Looks to the Health System to Sustain Mental Health Funds in Schools

A recent HIT Consultant article featuring Healthy Campus stressed the importance of the continuation of on-campus healthcare amid increased staffing and financial challenges, encouraging schools to explore partnerships with expert healthcare providers for efficient and cost-effective solutions.


Special Feature: Thomas Shaffer in Ed Source

Healthy Campus President Thomas Shaffer was recently featured in EdSource, where he discussed Healthy Campus’s role in addressing mental health challenges in schools.

“We aim to complete, not compete, with existing resources,” Shaffer emphasized.


The article explores the impact of universal health screenings, swiftly identifying students at risk of anxiety and depression, with responsive teams reaching out to families.

Thomas delves into strategies for overcoming challenges, including fostering trust and destigmatizing mental illness through brief, impactful sessions on health and wellness in the classroom.

Read the full article below to discover how Healthy Campus is reshaping the landscape of school-based mental health services.


Campus Site Visit:

Feaster Charter School in Chula Vista

On December 13, Healthy Campus and Feaster Charter School collaborated for a site visit as part of the Universal Mental Health Screening for the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative.

Just 9 miles from the Mexico/U.S. border, Feaster Charter School serves a community where 83% of students face socio-economic challenges, and many experience challenges associated with immigration.


During the visit, representatives from the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission explored Feaster Charter School’s exemplary mental health screening program,  proudly powered by Healthy Campus.

This joint effort aims to gain insights into the program’s success from various stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, medical providers, students, family members, and others impacted by the program.

“The collaboration between Feaster Charter School and Healthy Campus exemplifies a proactive approach to addressing the mental health needs of at-risk and underserved students. By showcasing successful models like Feaster’s, we aim to contribute to transformational change in the mental health system and reduce the disparities in underserved communities.”

– Thomas Shaffer, President, Healthy Campus.


Teacher & Staff Resiliency Program at Wolf Canyon Elementary School

We are excited to announce the recent success of Healthy Campus’s Teacher & Staff Resiliency Program at Wolf Canyon Elementary School, a part of Chula Vista Elementary School District.

The Teacher and Staff Resiliency Program was designed to prevent burnout and cultivate well-being among staff through group sessions facilitated by a licensed therapist and mindfulness specialist.

Over the course of two months, Wolf Canyon Elementary School teachers and staff participated in four sessions consisting of dynamic approaches and engaged experiential practices related to well-being, mindfulness, and mental health.

Feedback from participants highlighted an outstanding overall experience, with the sessions creating a “safe space” that fostered a strong sense of community among teachers and staff.

Following the program, teachers and staff reported notable improvements in their approach to handling challenges, heightened self-compassion, and improved coping mechanisms for stress.

Children’s Health Screenings in Schools: Benefits + What to Expect

Check out our blog post, “Children’s Health Screenings in Schools: Benefits + What to Expect,” where we take a deep dive into Healthy Campus’s latest initiative—the Universal Mental Health Screening program.


With the program, we aim to detect anxiety and depression in students early on, ensuring timely intervention and proper support.

The blog outlines the comprehensive process and what to expect during these screenings, emphasizes the importance of addressing mental health concerns, and highlights the cost-effectiveness for both families and school districts.


Upcoming Event:

CSNO 74th Annual Conference

We’re thrilled to share that Thomas Shaffer, President of Healthy Campus, will be a featured speaker at the 74th Annual Conference of the California School Nurses Organization in Rancho Mirage, CA on February 9th.

Thomas will discuss Healthy Campus’s ongoing efforts to revolutionize school-based healthcare, bringing direct access to healthcare providers and services in schools.

This conference serves as a crucial meeting ground for school nurses and key stakeholders in school health, providing a platform to explore the latest developments and exchange insights on enhancing healthcare accessibility for students.

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in discussions that shape the future of school-based healthcare!