ECBA is a Re(a)d Zone Grantee

Experience Corp Bay Area has been selected as a Re(a)d Zone grantee of the 50 Fund, the philanthropic initiative of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.

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Press Release: Aspiranet Receives Joint Commission Accreditation

LEADING CALIFORNIA SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCY ASPIRANET RECEIVES GOLD SEAL OF APPROVAL OF ACCREDITATION  FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 27, 2012
 
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(SAN FRANCISO) - Aspiranet and Aspira Wellness and Education Inc., a San Francisco-based nonprofit that supports foster children, siblings, families and the community, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation after an exhaustive evaluation process.

The independent Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as reflecting an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

To earn the Gold Seal of Approval, Aspiranet and Aspira Wellness and Education were subjected to a rigorous on-site survey Aug.13-16. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Aspiranet and Aspira Wellness and Education Inc. for compliance with the highest standards of care in infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management for the individuals and families they serve.

“With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis. The Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” Aspiranet CEO Vernon Brown said. “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation for our organization is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

Founded 37 years ago as a six-bed group home for young boys in Moss Beach, Calif., Aspiranet is a diverse statewide nonprofit social service agency that focuses on six areas of expertise, amily services, foster care, adoption, education, afterschool programs and community partnerships.

With a statewide network of innovative services, Aspiranet touches the lives of thousands of children and families annually. “Our vision to take collective action to support families’ ability to love and care for their children is central to Aspiranet’s work,” states Brown. “The Joint Commission Accreditation is Aspiranet’s on-going commitment to that vision.”

For information, visit http://www.aspiranet.org.

About Aspiranet

Aspiranet, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, supports foster children, siblings, families, and the community with 35 core programs offering specialized services through 45 locations within California. Some of Aspiranet’s programs include: treatment foster care, transitional housing, residential care, mental health counseling, family services, inclusion services for children with developmental challenges and therapeutic behavioral services and school based behavioral and educational supports.

Founded 37 years ago as a six-bed group home for young boys in Moss Beach, California, Aspiranet is one of the most diverse nonprofit social service agencies in the state. With a statewide network of innovative services, Aspiranet has served tens of thousands of families and children since its founding.

Aspiranet’s vision of bringing families together and helping foster children, siblings, and parents thrive is realized through services in the following areas: Adoption and Foster Care, Early Prevention for At-Risk Families, Education and Afterschool, Pregnant and New Mothers, Emotional and Behavioral Health, Encore Careers, Autism and Special Needs.  For more information, please visit www.aspiranet.org.

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Comedy for Causes Benefits Foster Youth

On December 5th, Comedy for Causes brings you a hilarious night of comedy benefiting foster youth served by Aspiranet in San Bernardino. Purchase your tickets today!

 

 

 

 

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Press Release: AltruIT and FollowMe Help Deliver HealthShack

PERSONAL HEALTH RECORD TECHNOLOGY MADE AVAILABLE TO FOSTER YOUTH
Technology companies AltruIT and FollowMe help deliver HealthShack, giving foster youth access to vital medical records electronically

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2012

(SAN FRANCISCO) -Most young people’s parents keep track of their medical records and health history, helping provide their children with consistent and safe medical care over time. Foster youth often do not share in this benefit. Because foster youth tend to live in many places, attend many schools and see many different doctors over time, keeping track of their own personal health information can be difficult or even impossible. Some pitfalls of incomplete medical records include foster youth receiving repeated immunizations, having allergic reactions to medications, and being given unnecessary medical tests.

Technology companies AltruIT and FollowMe are teaming up to offer an innovative product called HealthShack. HealthShack is a personal health record system that allows young people to electronically upload and store their personal and medical information in one place. HealthShack was created with the help of FollowMe by adapting the technology company’s existing personal health record software to make it relevant for young adults in foster care or facing homelessness. Launched as a pilot in 2009, HealthShack was created through a partnership of youth, physicians, community organizations and universities.

“HealthShack offers foster youth the opportunity, with our support, to engage in creating and managing their own medical and personal electronic record,” states Vernon Brown, CEO of Aspiranet, an agency that provides foster care and adoption services across California. “A product like HealthShack is particularly important for foster youth transitioning out of the foster care system into adulthood. In today’s world, you need to be able to control and have access to your own data. HealthShack does that in a manner not presently available to young people in foster care.  We are excited to be working with AltruIT and FollowMe in implementing HealthShack into our practice at Aspiranet.”

Aspiranet will be one of the first large clients to implement HealthShack under the direction of AltruIT, FollowMe, and Cynthia Solomon, HealthShack’s founder. Aspiranet will use the product for approximately 800 foster youth who are transitioning out of foster care and into a “transitional care” program, which helps youth build a bridge out of foster care and into the world of work. Aspiranet will also use HealthShack with other populations it serves, including clients in their foster care and support services programs. One benefit of this implementation is that Aspiranet will evaluate the use experience and provide feedback to enhance the HealthShack product.

HealthShack will also be offered to government and human service agencies, as well as non-profits, to reach a wider audience of children and youth in foster care in California, and ultimately to the population across the United States. AltruIT plans to build out HealthShack’s capabilities to make the product available on mobile devices and provide electronic links to caregivers, vendors and other stakeholders in the foster care system. Aside from utilizing HealthShack to benefit foster youth on a national level, the IT company sets its sights on expanding the program beyond health care.

“Ultimately, HealthShack will serve as a holistic,electronic care record,” explains Barbara Sorensen, CEO of AltruIT. “It will extend beyond health to act as a repository for information related to education, employment, housing and all critical elements of self-reliance that contribute to a young adult’s ability to lead a successful life once they leave the foster care system.”

For more information about HealthShack, visit www.AltruIT.com

About AltruIT
AltruIT is a social enterprise providing IT services and solutions to nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the Human Services sector. AltruIT has experience and deep expertise in the business processes, systems and constituents that make up the complex ecosystem that is Health & Human Services. AltruIT’s mission is to support the important work of case management by providing tools that help social workers spend more time with their clients and less time on paperwork. Along with FollowMe, AltruIT’s partners include Citrix, Google, Microsoft, Mobile Epiphany, Motorola and Salesforce. AltruIT was founded in 2003 and today is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aspiranet, a network that supports foster children, siblings, families and the community with 35 core programs statewide. For more information, please visit www.AltruIT.com.

About FollowMe
FollowMe is a pioneer in electronic personal health records (PHRs). Founded in 2000, the FollowMe consumer health platform solution was engineered with tools to empower both patients and clinicians with a focus on organizations serving vulnerable populations such as foster youth and those with chronic health issues.

About Aspiranet
Aspiranet, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, supports foster children, siblings, families, and the community with 35 core programs offering specialized services through 45 locations within California.

Founded 35 years ago as a six-bed group home for young boys in Moss Beach, California, Aspiranet is one of the most diverse nonprofit social service agencies in the state. With a statewide network of innovative services, Aspiranet has served over 15,000 families and children since its founding.

Aspiranet’s vision of bringing families together and helping foster children, siblings, and parents thrive is realized through services in the following areas: Adoption and Foster Care, Early Prevention for At-Risk Families, Education and Afterschool, Pregnant and New Mothers, Emotional and Behavioral Health, Encore Careers, Autism and Special Needs.  For more information, please visit www.aspiranet.org.

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Celebrating the Monument First 5 Center Re-Opening!

Please stop by on Monday August 6th for tasty food and fun activities celebrating the re-opening of the Monument First 5 Center in Concord. We hope to see you there. Find out more information on the event page.

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Check Out Our New Foster Video Page

Check out our new foster video page. Former foster youth share their heartbreaking stories about life in foster care, and how they emerged as strong, focused young adults. You will be inspired after watching the videos. They want you to hear their stories and feel moved to improve the system as a foster parent and an advocate. Visit our new video page here…

 

 

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Videos

Foster Care Videos

The videos below feature former foster youth sharing their stories about life in foster care. Each youth faced difficult, heartbreaking experiences while in foster care and have emerged as strong, focused young adults doing their part to improve the foster system. They want you to hear their stories and feel inspired to improve the system as a foster parent and an advocate.

Full Length Hear My Story Video

90 Second Hear My Story Video

30 Second Hear My Story Video

Hear My Story Foster Parents Video

 

 

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Open House Celebrating Mothers – Santa Fe Springs

On Saturday, May 5, Aspiranet will celebrate foster moms, women who embrace the ideal that every child deserves a loving home to call their own, at a Mother’s Day Open House. From 2 – 4 p.m., foster mothers are invited to a free family-friendly event happening at the nonprofit organization’s Santa Fe Springs office, 10350 Heritage Park Dr., Ste. 202. The Open House will include food, crafts for the kids and an informational presentation for potential new foster parents.

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