School Health Education and Services
Here we are, school has started, and the Annual Meeting is just around the corner. Just as a reminder, the theme for this year’s meeting is Healthy Communities Promote Health Minds and Bodies. On behalf of the Program Planning Committee, I want to thank all of you who dug in and helped in the review process. If you go online to the APHA website, you can have a look at the program. I want to thank Martha for coordinating this effort, and you will see we have a first rate program again for this year’s Annual Meeting. Our Student Award winner this year is Janette Quarles, a DrPH candidate at the College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Please help me congratulate Janette for this achievement. Janette will be presenting her research: Walking School Bus and its Impact on BMI during the Monday, Oct. 31 Scientific Session that begins at 10:30 a.m. (location TBA). At that session we will also be presenting her with a plaque, a ribbon and a check from the Section.
Just a reminder that we can still use your excellent photos at our booth. If you have a photo you think exemplifies one of the major components of the coordinated school health program, please send that electronically to me at email@example.com Let’s really make our booth something that people want to visit this year.
It is important for you to take advantage of the early registration so I sincerely hope each of you who is planning to attend the conference has registered. I also hope you will be attending our social in combination with the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section. Terry Wessel has been doing a great job ensuring that this social will be top notch. There will be wonderful door prizes that have been donated by many of your officers as well as individuals they have contacted. If you are planning to attend the meeting, you may also want to consider contributing a door prize for the social. Please contact Terry Wessel if you think you can do that. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been extremely active in working with Teri Wright, who is heading the APHA school health initiative. I know Teri will be attending our business meeting on Oct. 31 to tell us more about this important APHA initiative. If you want to read more about this initiative, please go to www.apha.org, then click on Programs and Resources and scroll to the bottom of the menu that pops up. Here you will see School Health and Education. The initiative is as follows: The Center for School, Health and Education focuses on the health and social factors that influence educational success.
I want to thank all those who agreed to run for office in this past election. I also want to thank everyone who took the time to vote. I think our new officers will be super as we move into this next Annual Meeting. I also want to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing officers for their dedicated service to the Section:
Daniel Adame: Past Chair
Martha Bergren: Chair-Elect
Amy Cory: Secretary
Christopher Ledingham: Governing Councilor
Michelle Futrell: Section Councilor
Theresa Enyeart Smith: Section Councilor
Congratulations to the newly elected officers and those officers who are assuming new positions of leadership within the Section:
Christopher Ledingham: Chair-Elect
Amy Cory: Governing Councilor
Robert (“Skip”) Valois: Secretary-Elect
Julia Painter: Governing Councilor
Martha Kubik: Governing Councilor
As you know, Martha Bergren will assume the position as chair of the Section at the Wednesday, Nov. 2 Business Meeting (7:30 a.m., location TBA). All Section members are welcome to attend this meeting and potentially volunteer to be a candidate for a leadership position with the Section for next year’s election. In addition, Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, who has been doing an excellent job with our newsletter, will become our Section secretary.
I also want to thank those Section members who have taken the time to advocate on behalf of school health. We are still in need of those who have not been involved in the most recent advocacy effort to take a look at the APHA website where there is a draft letter in support of reaffirmation of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is important that you contact your legislators and indicate that healthy children are much more likely to succeed in school than are those children who are facing health issues. We got a resolution passed this past year related to graduation rates, and you may well be able to provide a copy of that resolution to your congressional delegates. The website to take action (it really is very easy) is:
At this site, you will also find additional information you may want to use when you contact your legislators. Remember, each letter your legislator receives is considered the equivalent of 43 constituent votes. Even though we have but about 300 member in the Section, that is a lot of voting power in the mind of a legislator.
In closing this message from the chair, I want to inform you of a wonderful opportunity to further the international discussions on the health risks of youth. On Jan. 4-7, educators from across the nation and internationally, will gather in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Third annual International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth. The first two were held in Cancun, Mexico, were well attended, and were very stimulating for all who attended. You can get additional information about this conference by visiting:
There is still a wonderful opportunity to submit a proposal for a possible poster or special session at this conference. This provides you with a chance to interact with international colleagues and discuss the excellent work you are doing to protect the health of youth who are in schools.
I also want to again congratulate all our members who submitted the documentation to the National Center for Health Education Credentialing and have become Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES). This is an important step in your respective professional careers.
This will be my final message as chair of the Section. I have to say, it’s been a “good ride.” I urge you to consider tossing your hat into the ring and becoming a candidate for a leadership position within the Section. I will be taking over as the chair of the Nominating Committee this next year and am optimistic that we will have a full slate of officers for our next election.
Well, that is about it for this installment of the Chair’s Message. Remember children are our future, and together we can help make that a healthy future for them.
Make it a great day for yourselves and for all those with whom you come into contact.
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APHA Annual Meeting News
From Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2011 join us in Washington, D.C., for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition. Our section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our section by visiting the interactive Online Program (http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/start.html). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Make sure to take note of our section meetings as well. All are welcome to attend and we are looking for members to get involved in section leadership. Don’t forget to stop by our new Section and SPIG Pavilion (Booth 3073) in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA. For more information about the Annual Meeting visit www.apha.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.
It's a Party!
The annual PHEHP SHES PA Joint Social will be held on Monday, Oct. 31 in Convention Center room 146A from 6:30-8 p.m. Enjoy fun, food and fellowship with other like minded public healthers. There will be a raffle so come early and stay late!
Win a free Annual Meeting registration!
Forward the contact information for new companies or organizations that you would like to see included as exhibitors at the Annual Meeting to Priya Bose, Meetings and Exhibits Coordinator, at email@example.com. Anyone submitting a qualified lead for potential new exhibitors will be entered into a drawing for a free full registration. Get to know our exhibitors before the meeting on our Virtual Expo (http://www.expocadweb.com/11apha/ec/forms/attendee/indexTab.aspx)!
Let APHA host your public health career day at the Annual Meeting.
Employers, this is your opportunity to meet thousands of public health professionals and qualified candidates for hire. Job seekers, here is your chance to market your resume, meet recruiters and sign up for a professional career coaching session, either an individual or group session. Advance your public health career and find new prospects with APHA’s Public Health CareerMart. Find out more http://www.apha.org/about/careers/am_careers2011.htm.
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2011 APHA Midyear Meeting Report
2011 APHA Midyear Meeting: Implementing Health Reform - A Public Health Approach
By Martha Dewey Bergren
Over 600 public health champions attended the first annual APHA Midyear Meeting in Chicago June 23 – 25. The conference examined what the Affordable Care Act means for public health, wellness and prevention. Sessions ranged from fiscal implications and technology to legal challenges and engaging policy-makers. The full program can be viewed online: http://www.apha.org/Midyear/Schedule/
Terri Wright provided SHES an update on the APHA Center for School Based Health http://www.schoolbasedhealthcare.org/.
· The Center website is under revision and the new site will be launched this summer.
· She has been busy editing a APHA book about School Based Health Care that is targeted to be released in 2011.
· No advisory committee has yet been formed – she appreciates all the names that were provided in November.
· I reinforced that SHES has many school health disciplines who have many talents and are at the ready to support her and the center.
· I emphasized that she and the SHES Section members share a passion for the health and education of school children.
· She asked to meet with SHES again in November 2011 and is scheduled to attend the Oct. 31, 2011 Business Meeting from 7 – 8 p.m.
· The opportunity to connecting Section leaders – many chair elects were in attendance
· An outstanding Keynote was delivered by Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, currently a visiting scholar at University of California-Berkeley. The link to her presentation and others: http://www.youtube.com/aphadc. My favorite quote from her speech, and she had many sound bites, was “hatred of government is a form of self loathing if we believe that government is of the people, by the people, for the people”.
· Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners, a leading political strategist and advisor, followed with a summary of public opinion polls and what American’s claim they want regarding public health, prevention and wellness. Her presentation is also available: http://www.youtube.com/aphadc.
The closing session was also extraordinary: Lawrence Wallack, dean of the College of Public & Urban Affairs at Portland State University, spoke about why right wing messages are working and ours are not. The video to that session: http://www.youtube.com/aphadc. Key points from his presentation were:
· They are YOYOs (YOU are on your own) and we are WITS (We are in this together).
· We are about facts and they are about values.
· We are about costs and social justice, they are about freedom and personal choice.
A luncheon was held immediately following the conference for Affiliate and Section leaders. Each table was asked to respond to:
· What is your affiliate/section doing right now related to health reform implementation?
· What health reform issues is your affiliate/section most interested in?
· What are obstacles to your affiliate/section being more involved in health reform implementation?
· What health reform related resources would be most useful to enable your session/affiliate to be engaged in implementation and/or advocacy?
· How can sections and affiliates work together more effectively?
· Should there be a midyear meeting next year? If yes, what should be the theme of next midyear’s meeting?
There are plans to continue APHA midyear meetings.
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Advocacy in Action
Check out APHA’s Advocacy Track at this year’s Annual Meeting
APHA will host a one-day advocacy track of sessions during the 2011 Annual Meeting in D.C., on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, and all APHA members are encouraged to attend to hone their public health advocacy skills. For more detailed information regarding the particular sessions, refer to the
2011 online program
(http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/start.html ) and enter the session number to see the list of planned speakers and topics to be covered. Attendees will be eligible for CE credit.
Ø “Nailing your policy: Creating APHA’s policy buddy system,” Session 3007.0, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Ø “Media Advocacy: Breaking through the crowded news cycle,” Session 3119.0, 10:30 a.m.
Ø “The Who, What & How of Advocacy,” Session 3216.0, 12:30-2 p.m.
Ø “Mobilizing a public health campaign,” Session 3318.0, 2:30-4 p.m.
Ø “The Role of Social Media in Public Health,” Session 3417.0, 4:30 p.m.
PHACT: Call for Federal Public Health Funds at Work in Your State
In addition to attending town hall meetings this year, APHA would like for you to share a story about why public health funding is important in your community or state. Preferably, the funding would come from one of these three sources:
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2. Health Resources and Services Administration
3. Prevention and Public Health Fund
Examples can provide:
· An approximate estimate of the amount of the funding received
· Location of the program (City, state)
· A summary of the program/intervention (PH issue and intervention being used)
· Any examples of positive outcomes to date
Thanks for taking action to protect public health!
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What's New in School Health Services
School nursing: Who pays? Who should pay?
Recently George Will stated in a column in the Washington Post that per pupil spending doubled since 1970 with no improvement in math and reading scores http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/declaration-of-independents/2011/07/29/gIQAJrUAiI_story.html
Few citizens are aware of the impact on education funding that was brought about by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA. IDEA was enacted by Congress in 1975 ensuring free appropriate public education for all children. IDEA requires transportation and nursing care for eligible disabled students http://idea.ed.gov/ The mandate for school districts to pay for health services was upheld by the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision Garret vs. Cedar Rapids. I encourage all to read both the opinion and the dissent in this landmark case affecting school health services http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/96-1793.ZS.html
The number of children requiring health and special education services increased exponentially since the '70s, in part due to advances in NICU care. Medically fragile children, who in earlier generations would have died, require ventilators, tube feedings, medication, and skilled nursing care. Also, the number of children with other chronic diseases, including diabetes, food allergy and asthma, has also dramatically increased. Schools are reimbursed 17 cents on the dollar for the IDEA services they provide, despite the goal of 40 cents on the dollar that was envisioned when the law originally passed Congress.
In 1970, schools did not serve this population of children. In the '70s, children on ventilators and those requiring skilled nursing care remained hospitalized. Medically fragile children are now cared for at home and attend school every day. As a result, a massive cost shift has taken place from the health care system to the education system without adequate increases in school health financing.
So what is surprising is that the cost of education has ONLY doubled since 1970. With states drastically decreasing funds for Pre-K - 12 education, funding for school health services must be re-examined. Skilled care in the school setting for children with disabilities and students with chronic health conditions must be funded without absorbing greater and greater amounts of tax dollars intended for learning and instruction, the mission of K - 12 education. School nurses, health educators and child health and education champions must advocate for a meaningful analysis of school heath funding mechanisms for policy-makers and legislators at the national level.
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What's New in School Health Education
We are looking for a member to volunteer to write this section for the newsletter. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Lindstrom Johnson at
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Discount for APHA members
APHA is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Drexel University Online. Under this program, APHA members and their families are eligible for special tuition discounts of up to 25 percent when they enroll in any of Drexel’s online courses. Drexel University Online offers a wide range of courses in a flexible online format, including CEPH-accredited programs in biostatistics and epidemiology. Please see the APHA partnership page for more details
( http://www.drexel.com/APHA ).
Any agreement entered into between Drexel University Online and an APHA member, employee or family member, is with Drexel University Online and not with APHA. APHA does not endorse any products or services displayed or referred to in conjunction with this partnership and is not responsible for the actual content of Drexel University Online programs.
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Conferences and Publications
Third Annual Conference on the Health Risks of Youth
Evidence Matters: Addressing the Health Risks of Youth
Jan. 4-7, 2012
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The goal of this conference is to provide an opportunity for teachers, health educators, nurses, direct-service providers, public health professionals and other youth-serving professionals to come together, learn from each other and dialogue around the issues related to the health risks of youth. The conference is organized around the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Six Risk Behaviors of Youth:
- Tobacco Use
- Sexual Risk-Taking Behaviors
- Physical Activity
- Injury and Violence
- Alcohol and Other Drug Use
New Book on School-based Health Centers
The APHA this fall will release a new book entitled "School-based Health Care: Advanceing Educational Success and Public Health" edited by Jeanita Richardson, PhD, MEd, and Terri Wright, MPH. The book adresses the practice, policy, and applied research on the aoutcomes and impacts of school-based health care.
APHA’s Public Health Buyer’s Guide links users to industry products
http://publichealthbuyersguide.com is designed specifically for public health professionals, allowing easy search of vendors from a link on the APHA website’s home page, www.apha.org. Within the Public Health Buyer's Guide, public health professionals will be able to easily locate products and services unique to our industry without the clutter of general Internet search engine results.
Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation
APHA has recently released a list of 10 Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation (http://www.apha.org/advocacy/priorities/issues/transportation/transport_principles.htm). These policies recognize the various impacts that transportation policies can have on public health — they can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, asthma, obesity and mental health disorders — especially on vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the poor and individuals with disabilities. We believe that if transportation policies are reviewed and evaluated with these principles in mind, we will be better able to ensure that health and equity are well-represented. By holding transportation policies to a stated set of standards, we can encourage a transportation system that supports health, and direct funds to programs that improve health, equity and well-being. It is essential that other organizations — at the national, state and local level — demonstrate their support for these principles by joining us as signatories. Please sign on here (http://www.apha.org/advocacy/priorities/issues/transportation/form_principles.htm) to show your organization’s support for these essential principles.
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