School Health Education and Services
Section Newsletter
Fall 2006

The Chair's Message

SHES Chair’s letter September 2006 I am writing this column on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Like many of you I was glued to the news as the devastation unfolded and was reported. Some of you were intimately involved in the effects of Hurricane Katrina and Rita in that you lived in the area, went to school there, traveled to the area to help in the aftermath, contributed to rebuilding with contributions or helped your local community by providing shelter and services to those who left the damaged areas. Whatever your involvement, I suspect you reacted both personally and as a health professional. I know I was deeply saddened at the loss of lives and the destruction that impacted so many people for a long time or perhaps for the rest of their lives. I was also struck by how important a role schools play in the lives of families and whole communities. I was reminded that school health education is critical to educate and enable people to not only make good decisions about long-term health issues but to be able to respond to emergencies and disasters.

It is not hard to identify how the components of comprehensive school health education can be related to important issues individuals and communities faced and continue to deal with as they struggle to rebuild homes, neighborhoods, communities and whole parishes.

According to one report I heard, one year after Hurricane Katrina only approximately half of the schools in the affected area have been reopened. Many were destroyed beyond repair, and some have lost a large proportion of the population in the area to have students to send back to the school. But for many communities, rebuilding or reopening the schools was a priority not only for the students but for all residents. The schools provided a sense of normalcy and cohesiveness. The schools could then continue their important work of helping students learn and develop. And school health education is an essential foundation for the students, their families and whole communities. It will help prepare the students to live healthier lives and become better prepared to deal with whatever health issues they may face, including natural disasters.

The anniversary of these disasters serves as an important reminder of the critical importance of school health education. As champions of school health education, we can continue to directly support schools and advocate for school health education.

I would like to welcome two new councilors to the SHES Section. We are pleased to have Marti Kubik and Sarah Lee join the council this year. They will be filling the terms of Fred Peterson and Jossolyn Edwards. Many thanks to Fred and Jossolyn, and welcome to Marti and Sarah. John Moore was reelected continue to represent SHES on the APHA Governing Council along with our other representative Larry Olsen. Thanks, John, for your continued service to SHES.

Also, a huge thank you is in order to Diane Allensworth for the excellent work on the hand washing resolution that hopefully will be approved by the Joint Policy Committee. Diane, with help from others, with her expertise, put in a tremendous amount of work to develop and move this important resolution forward. Stay tuned for hopefully good news on this.

APHA Annual Meeting
I hope to see many of you at the APHA Annual Meeting Nov. 4-8 in Boston. Once again, SHES had a large number of abstracts submitted to our section. SHES is allotted a limited number of sessions for scientific sessions so it was with regret that we couldn’t accept many fine abstracts we received. But we will have timely and informative sessions that I’m sure will be excellent!

Get involved in SHES
If you are not already actively involved in SHES, I invite you to become involved. You can do a number of things. Volunteer to run for office, review abstracts, and/or come to our council meetings. Our meetings in Boston are: Sunday, Nov. 5, 5-7 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7 a.m.; and Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 a.m. All meetings will be in the Convention Center, rooms TBA. All are welcome! Since SHES is a relatively small section, it provides members a sometimes quicker, more direct route to leadership positions in SHES and also the larger structure of APHA. For those of you in the tenure race or working on promotions, leadership roles in professional organizations may be helpful ,and SHES is a great opportunity for this.

Get Others involved in SHES
I also invite you to get your colleagues involved in SHES. If they are already APHA members, suggest they identify SHES as their section. If they are not APHA members, encourage them to join and become involved with SHES.

Let us know what SHES can do for its members (within the limits of our volunteer capacity and a very tiny budget…). Some examples would be what kind of sessions would be most helpful to you at the annual meeting, or how APHA can support school health issues on a larger scale. Also let us know about exemplary programs, issues and interesting highlights related to your work in school health education. We would like to include them in the SHES newsletter.

Student Corner

Sheryl Magzamen is this year's SHES student abstract winner. Sheryl's award-winning abstract appears below.

“Kickin' Asthma”: School-based asthma education in an urban community

Sheryl Magzamen1, Joan Edelstein, DrPH, RN2, Beryl Shaw, RN3, Adam Davis, MA, MPH3, Bina Patel3, and Ira Tager, MD, MPH1. (1) School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 140 Warren Hall #7360, Berkeley, CA 94720-7360, (510) 643-4407,, (2) Oakland Unified School District/Alameda County Department of Public Health, 2850 West Street, Oakland, CA 94608, (3) American Lung Association of the East Bay, 1900 Powell Street, Suite 800, Emeryville, CA 94608

In urban communities with high prevalence of childhood asthma, school-based educational programs may be the most appropriate setting to deliver interventions to improve asthma morbidity and asthma-related outcomes. “Kickin' Asthma” is a school-based asthma curriculum, designed by health educators and local students, which teaches asthma physiology, asthma self-management, and proper medication use to groups of middle- and high-school students in Oakland, Calif. Eligible students are identified through an in-class case-identification survey. The curriculum is delivered by an asthma nurse in a series of four, 50-minute sessions. Students completed pretest and a three month follow up test. Of the 3,171 students surveyed during the 2004-05 school year, 15.3 percent (n=487) were identified as asthmatic. A total of 390 students (80.1 percent eligible) participated in the program. Comparing the pretest to follow up data, initial results indicate that students experienced fewer missed school days (1.02 v. 0.75, 95 percent CI for difference: 0.01, 0.28) and fewer days with activity limitations (3.48 v. 2.53, 95 percent CI for difference: 0.32, 1.6) after participating in the intervention. There was a significant reduction in the proportion of students reporting at least one Emergency Department or hospital visit (27.0 v. 13.8, 95 percent CI for difference: -30.2 percent, -9.3 percent.) Fifty-eight percent of students (n=114) reported regularly using controller medication after participating in the intervention, compared to 44% (n=82) previous to participating (95 percent CI for difference: 5.1 percent, 21.1 percent). A school-based asthma curriculum designed for urban students has been shown to improve quality of life, symptoms, and health care utilization for intervention participants.

Learning Objectives:

* Recognize the opportunities for schools to serve as a primary environment for asthma education.
* List the components of a comprehensive school-based asthma education program.
* Understand the significance of key outcomes measured by the program evaluation.

Keywords: Asthma, School-Based Programs

The 2006 SHES Program

The 2006 SHES sessions are on a wide variety of important and timely topics for the school health professional.  Please spread the word about these quality sessions.  Support SHES by attending as many of these sessions as possible.  For session locations, consult your APHA Annual Meeting guide.

Related Files:
2006 SHES Sessions

SHES Businesss Meetings

Consider attending a SHES business meeting while in Boston. It is a great opportiunity to meet the SHES leadership, help plan for the future, and learn more about the sections. For locations, please consult your APHA Annual Meeting guide.

Date              Time                   Title

11/5/06          5:00-7:00 p.m.     SHES Section Council Business Meeting
11/6/06          7:00-8:00 a.m.     NCHEO Meeting
11/7/06          7:00-8:00 a.m.     SHES Section Council Business Meeting
11/8/06          7:00-8:00 a.m.     SHES Council Meeting: Planning for the Future

Board meeting in Philadelphia

Please Help With the SHES History Project

John Moore and Chris Ledingham have started a project to preserve information about the history of SHES and to make that information available on the SHES Web site. They are seeking the assistance of anyone who might have documents or photographs related to key events in the history of the Section. Please consider helping out by either (1) scanning the document/photographs and sending electronic versions to John Moore at, or (2) sending the document to:
John R. Moore, PhD, RN
Senior Program Officer
CDC Foundation
50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 765
Atlanta, GA 30303

John will scan the documents and return the originals to you. Please be sure to provide your name and return address so that all materials can returned promptly. The establishment of SHES was an important chapter in the history of school health and public health. Please help us in this effort to preserve that history and to share it with others.

Announcing the Release of "Creating Safe Places to Learn"

The National Association of State Boards of Education is pleased to announce the availability of "Creating Safe Places to Learn," the July 2006 issue of NASBE's flagship journal, The State Education Standard, at This special issue is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes the following articles:

- "Injury Prevention: A Critical Component for School Success," by Marci Hertz, Howell Wechsler, Lisa Barrios, and David Sleet.

The role of schools in providing a safe environment, including strategies that schools can implement to prevent injuries among young people.

- "Crisis Planning for Schools."

An overview of the U.S. Department of Education's guide, Practical Information on Crisis Planning. Also, an interview with William Modzeleski of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.

- "Creating Safer School Facilities," by Tod Schneider Using Crime Prevention through Environmental Design to help design safer schools.

- "What Works-and Doesn't Work - in Bullying Prevention and Intervention," by Susan P. Limber and Marlene Snyder.

Best practices in bullying prevention and intervention.

- "Youth Sport or Recreation Injuries Protection: How School Policymakers Can Help," by John Miller.

Understanding the importance of risk management in reducing sports and recreation injuries.

- "School-Based Programs and Policies to Discourage Student High-Risk Behaviors and Promote Health and Wellness," by Robert W. Burke, Jennifer Axelrod, Mark Weist, and Carl Paternite.

An overview of student involvement in high-risk behaviors and strategies schools can use to prevent and address risk taking in students.

- "School and Community Collaboration to Promote a Safe Learning Environment," by Howard S. Adelman and Linda Taylor.

The importance of comprehensive intervention approaches and school-community collaboration.

- "The Next Phase of Graduated Licensing for Teenage Drivers," by Susan Ferguson

Reducing injuries among young drivers.

Each article can be downloaded as a PDF file at

For a limited time, hard copies of the July 2006 issue of the Standard, "Creating Safe Places to Learn," are available for $5 each with no additional shipping or handling charges. Orders of 10 or more copies are available at $3 each, again with no additional shipping or handling. Call NASBE Publications at (800) 220-5183 for more information.

Jim Bogden, MPH
Safe and Healthy Schools Project Director
National Association of State Boards of Education
277 S. Washington Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22314

Record Number of Student Abstracts

Of the 200 abstracts submitted to SHEs, 36 were authored by students -- a new record.  Besides the award winning abstract by Sheryl Magzamen, there were three honorable mentions this year. These are:

129418: Do abstinence-only programs impact middle school youth's sexual behavior and intentions? Outcomes from wave 2 of the Texas Title V abstinence education evaluation by Eric R. Buhi.

Eric's presentation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 12:30, session #5143.0.

130779: Post-Katrina school-based response to mental health needs of school-aged children and their families: A disaster response model by Patty Glaser.

Patty's presentation will be held on Monday, Nov. 6, at 9:30, session 3064.0.

35257: Education policy and school health: The effects of the No Child Left Behind Act on coordinated school health programs in New York by Elizabeth McGinty.

Elizabeth's presentation will be on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 3:30, session 5195.0.

Check your APHA program guide to confirm days and time and for room locations.



Plan on Attending the SHES Social in Boston

Kira MCGroathy wins a prize at last year's reception

The annual joint social with SHES and the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section will again take place this year at the Annual Meeting in Boston.  Plan on stopping by to meet other school health professionals.


Join Your State Affiliate at the Annual Meeting

While APHA is the national voice on public health, it cannot succeed without the complementary efforts of its state Affiliates. To help build infrastructure and strengthen local efforts, APHA will be implementing an exciting new initiative to promote Affiliate membership at this year's Annual Meeting. This new project includes a booth at the Exposition that gives meeting attendees an opportunity to join their local Affiliate on site electronically. To join your state public health association, please visit the Affiliate membership booth, numbers 942 and 1041 in the exhibit hall, located near “Everything APHA.” If you are interested in volunteering to help staff the booth, contact Katie Sheedy at (202) 777-2432 or

SHES Web Site

Christopher Ledingham has taken the lead on creating a SHES Web site. It is a work in progress, but will continue to expand over the next year.