School Health Education and Services
Section Newsletter
Spring 2010

Message from the Chair

Dear SHES Members:

Wow, time certainly does fly. Here it is, my second message to you. I sincerely hope you are all doing well since our last communication.


Annual Meeting in Denver:


We are in the process of really “gearing up” for the Annual meeting Nov. 6 – 10, 2010 in Denver.  Each of you should have received an announcement about that upcoming meeting with your July issue of The Nation’s Health. I suggest you look at page 18 of that material, and you will see that we have 20 separate sessions that are being specifically sponsored by our Section.  Just to give you a brief overview, in these 20 sessions, we will have more than 130 presentations! In my 45 years of being involved with APHA, I believe this is the most papers we have ever had accepted for presentation! We will again be honoring student members, and we have more than 25 students who will be involved in our program this year. I have to say that our large volume of abstracts and our terrific program selections for Denver could not have been done without the dedication of more than 75 individuals who volunteered to review abstracts that were submitted for this year’s program. Each paper that was submitted was reviewed by at least five individuals. The high quality of the papers submitted made it difficult to decide which ones to accept for the program. Thank you to all of the reviewers. You were terrific!


SHES Business Meetings:


In addition to our 20 scientific sessions, we will have three business meetings. These meetings are open meetings and provide those in attendance an opportunity to meet face-to-face with the Section leadership and have direct input into the workings of the Section. The specific location of our business meetings has not yet been determined, but they will be held Sunday, Nov.  7 at 5:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 a.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7:00 a.m. I know these seem to be “strange” times, but given the configuration of the APHA meeting, all sections have their business meetings during these time periods, or earlier. We will also be joining the largest Section of APHA, the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, as well as the Chiropractic Health Section, for a social gathering on Monday, Nov. 7. Thanks to Terry Wessel for serving as the Section liaison for the planning of this wonderful event.


I urge you to make your plans now to attend the Denver meeting and to take advantage of the Early Bird registration. For most of you, that will represent a savings of $55. The Early Bird registration will end August 17, 2010. Please make your travel plans to Denver to take advantage of the SHES sessions, particularly the business sessions starting Sunday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.


Proposed Policy Statement from the Section:


I want to thank Diane Allensworth for all her hard work on behalf of the Section to revise the l policy statement submitted for consideration by the Joint Policy Committee.  The draft policy statement was reviewed and we have been asked to make adjustments in some of the verbiage.  Diane worked hard to make those adjustments. The revised policy statement was submitted in early June, so watch for it.  The “working title” for the statement will be “Working Collaboratively across Sectors to Improve Graduation Rates as a Means to Eliminate Health Disparities.”  This policy statement is very appropriate given the theme for the annual meeting, “SOCIAL JUSTICE:  A PUBLIC HEALTH IMPERERATIVE.”


Over the years, our section has been a strong advocate for students.  This year is no different.  We have had students involved in all facets of our section business including serving on committees, reviewing abstracts, and presenting papers.  However, for those of us who are faculty members, it is critical that we continue to do whatever we can to urge our students to attend this very important national meeting.  This meeting provides students with a wonderful opportunity to network for jobs or for additional graduate programs.  We have had some members who have actually sponsored one or more students by assisting with the payment of the student’s registration fee. This is yet another way we, as professionals, can “give back” to our profession.


Coalition of National Health Education Organizations:


The Section continues to be active in the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations.  Our representative, Christopher Ledingham, has been a wonderful ambassador for the section within the Coalition deliberations.  In addition, Past Chair Terry Wessel served the section as our representative to the Ethics Task Force. At this year’s meeting, we will be discussing the revised Code of Ethics for the Health Education Profession and will cast our vote in relation to whether or not we approve the Code.  I certainly would be remiss if I didn’t invite everyone to “weigh in” on this discussion.  The current Code of Ethics may be found at the Coalition website, www.  If you would like a copy of the proposed Code of Ethics, please send me an e-mail ( and I will send you a copy.  I would like to see a lot of comments about this document.


Advocacy Summit:


For those of you who really like to plan ahead, the Advocacy Summit, which is co-sponsored by the  Coalition of National Health Education Organizations and a number of the member organizations, will be held in Washington, DC  March 4 – 7, 2011.  More information about this activity will be forthcoming, but if you are in the Washington, DC area, or plan to be in that area this next March, this is an activity you may want to put on your respective calendars.


Help at this Year’s SHES Booth:


As noted in my prior message in the Spring newsletter, the booths for all the Sections will be very different at this year’s annual meeting.  We will all be in a central location and will have a “kiosk” type formation.  We will be looking for volunteers to “staff” the booth during the annual meeting.  This provides you with a real opportunity to meet a lot of individuals you may not meet simply by “wandering” the exhibit hall.


Membership Challenge:


Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t issue at least one small challenge.  Membership is always an issue with professional organizations and APHA in general and the School Health Education and Serves Section in particular, is no exception.  I challenge each and every one of you to recruit one new member into the section, either a student or a professional member, by the time of the annual meeting in November. If only half our membership will accept this challenge and will recruit one new member, our section membership will exceed 500 for the first time in many, many years.  Please send me the name and e-mail address of any individual you recruit, and I will be sure to send every one, a personalized welcome to the section.


Take care of yourselves and all those with whom you interact. Remember our children are our nation’s future.



Annual Meeting News

2010 Annual Meeting (Nov. 6-10) - Social Justice:  A Public Health Imperative

Registration, housing, and the Annual Meeting program are now available at  Make sure to start planning your trip to Denver now! 


Special Session Devoted to the Unification of the Health Education Profession

In this special session, panelists representing the American Association for the Advancement of Health Education, the Society for Public Health Education, the National Association of Health Education Centers, and the National Task Force for Accreditation will discuss the recent discussions that have been occurring wherein AAHE is developing a plan to leave the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and join with other health education organizations (most notably SOPHE) for the specific purpose of unifying the health education profession. This is a major challenge that is facing the health education profession, and it is important that our constituencies be fully aware of the ramifications, advantages, and disadvantages and potential timeline for this unification effort.

APHA Initiatives on Transportation and Public Health

As we all appreciate, our health is profoundly affected by our transportation decisions and options. Limited opportunities for physical activity, higher exposure to poor air quality, higher incidences of adult and childhood obesity and greater prevalence of asthma and cardiovascular disease are a few of the inequities brought by poor transportation policies. As part of our effort to enhance crosscutting activity and knowledge among various APHA members and sections, APHA is developing advocacy materials and helpful information related to the links between transportation and public health. If anyone is interested in learning more about this initiative, sharing success stories or lessons learned, or establishing a new Forum on Transportation and Public Health, please reach out to us! Interested members are asked to contact Eloisa Raynault at

What's New in School Health Services

Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records

The National Association of School Nurses submitted public comment on the Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records to the Health and Human Services Health Information Advisory Committee on March 15, 2010.  Click here for attachment. 


FERPA HIPAA Privacy: Tell Us Your Story
The Department of Education has asked for input on whether the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a barrier for providing health care for children in school, for fulfilling state mandates for reporting infectious diseases, to holding school located vaccination clinics, and interacting with health care providers, acute care facilities and/or public health officials. If you have experienced any one of these barriers or other barriers due to FERPA or HIPAA, please tell us your story. 

What's New in School Health Education

We would love to provide our members with an update.  If you would be willing to write this column for the newsletter, please e-mail Sarah Lindstrom Johnson at . 

Member News

Here's another opportunity for the SHES members to get to know each other!  In this newsletter we are featuring Maria Theresa Wessel, professor and director of health education at James Madison University. 



Why did you decide to go into school health?

I was actually working in school health as a high school health and physical education teacher (and coach -- guess which two sports) for five years.  My ultimate goal was university teaching so graduate school while high school teaching started me towards what I do now. I have always enjoyed teaching and feel lucky to have such a rewarding career.


Do you have a current favorite project you are working on?

I don't have one favorite project.  Supervising our public health education interns is very rewarding. I see how students transition to professionals and do such a great job. I enjoy teaching all my classes! A project I have worked on for a few semesters with my colleague and also SHES Councilor Theresa Enyeart Smitth is "Distracted Driving Awareness Day".  We work with Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education Honor Society students to hold awareness days each semester. I have been interested in preventing distracted driving, which includes all kinds of crazy things besides texting and phoning while driving such as changing clothes and grooming! Even Oprah has become involved in preventing distracted driving, so maybe the famous and not famous such as Theresa and I will make a difference.


What is the best part of being a member of SHES?

The best part of being a member of SHES is getting to work with like-minded professionals to advocate and educate about school health issues.


What is your favorite part about summer?

I am busy during the summer with teaching and freshmen orientation but also non-work related activities. I have lots of flowers and a vegetable garden to tend. I may travel to the Italian and French Riviera, ooh la la! and to the Colorado Rockies to see my son.


Anything else our readership should know?

As a firm believer in the balance of life for health and wellnes., I try to do something creative often or everyday, which is a whole lot easier now that my children are grown!! I have been involved in textiles most of my life from spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing etc.  I am never bored and always have lots of creative projects going.

Student Section

Student Success!

More than 25 students will be participating in SHES-sponsored sessions at the 2010 APHA Annual Meeting in Denver, with four sessions totally devoted to student research. Check out their work (and the rest of the program) at

Conferences and Publications


NASN's 42nd Annual Conference

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

June 29-July 3, 2010


Washington, D.C. -  San Francisco -  Orlando

       2011                     2012                2013


2nd Annual Conference on Health Risks of Youth                                               SAVE THE DATE                                                                                                            Jan. 5-8, 2011; Hilton Cancun Resort and Spa

Join your professional collegues for cutting-edge presentations on the health risks of youth and take the opprotunity to enjoy the warm weather and sightseeing in one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico.

The goal of this conference is to provide an opportunity for health educators, nurses, public health professionals, teacher educators, direct-service providers and other youth-serving professionals to come together to learn from each other and diaglogue 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, nutrition, physical activity, injury and violence, and alcohol and other drug use. 

Please consider submitting an abstract.  For more informaiton and for the abstract submission form please e-mail 


Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey 2009!

The Division of Adolescent and School Health released the 2009 national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data in an MMWR Surveillance Summary.  YRBS monitors six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among high school students- behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity- plust the prevalence of asthma and obesity.  The results from the 1991-2009 surveys can be found at