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School Health Education and Services
Section Newsletter
Winter 2009

Chair's Message

Feb. 5, 2009

Dear SHES Members and Friends:

As we look ahead to 2009, I want to thank you and express my gratitude for your continued support for the School Health Education and Services Section of the APHA.

I’m glad we were able to catch-up and see each other in San Diego, and I look forward to our meeting in Philadelphia next fall.  For those of you who dropped by our booth in the exhibition hall during the Annual Meeting and left your contact information, thank you.  Moreover, as chair, I am pleased to welcome those of you who have decided to join SHES, and am especially grateful for your response to serve as reviewers of abstracts for next year’s program.

I am aware that Larry Olsen, our program planner, has received over 30 names to date in response to the call for “Reviewers of Abstracts” we posted at the outset of January.

I know several of you have most likely submitted abstracts for presentation consideration at the national meeting.  The review process began shortly after the submission deadline.  I urge you to register for this important meeting in Philadelphia. There are a lot of exciting things that will happen at this meeting, and you, as an individual SHES member,  can play a major role in helping us shape what we will be doing in 2010.  As the program is developed, I sincerely hope you will carefully review the various presentations that will be made, and will also take the opportunity to attend the Section Council meetings as well as the Section Business meeting.  Make your voice heard.

As a closing to this letter, the SHES Section is small, but active and proactive.  I urge you to consider contacting Terry Wessel, past chair of the Section and chair of our Nominating Committee, and “toss your hat into the ring” for one of the various positions we have available within the Section.  We welcome those who are new to the Section and urge you to consider running for an office.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love.

I encourage you to submit an abstract of your program or research for presentation in Philadelphia, and invite all of you to join myself and SHES Board of Councilors in the governance of our Section within the APHA.

Sincerely,

Dan Adame, PhD, MSPH, CHES

Chair, SHES

 

Chair-Elect's Message

“NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD PERSONS…”

Many of us have heard this statement made many years ago “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.”  I can’t remember the actual author of this, and a Web search has failed to produce the name of the individual, however, I am now stating that now is the time for all good persons to come to the aid or their APHA Section. The School Health Education and Services Section, although small, is extremely active in the “business” of APHA.  We are asked to provide our input for many issues related to the Association as well as national issues facing schools.  By the time this newsletter reaches everyone, we will know whether or not the prevention and wellness component of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (referred to as the stimulus bill), has been retained, or whether the Nelson/Collins amendment to cut this component by 89.4 percent, a total of $5.185 billion.  I hope many of you who receive legislative updates took the time to contact your respective senators and urged them to oppose this major cut.

In the words of Bob Dylan, “The times they are a changing.’”  It is time for all of us to look at what we can do to make things move forward, particularly in the school setting, to promote coordinated school health programs. We need to make our voices heard. We need to become proactive; thus, we need to become more and more involved.

I am sure each of you has seen the new membership material that has been sent to each of us by Barbara Reck.  I think many of you know I have been working with membership for many years, and our numbers are growing. We have now close to 400 members in the Section, which is quite an increase from where we have “hovered” for many years.  However, if each one of us takes the initiative to recruit just one more individual to join the Section, think of where we can be.

I want to thank the many individuals who have "stepped up to the plate" (see, I had to get something in about baseball) and have volunteered to review abstracts for the Annual Meeting that will be  held in Philadelphia next November. I also echo Dan's call for us to register for an attend that meeting. There will be a lot of exciting things that will be happening, and I promise we will have a complete and stimulating program for everyone.

I also want to suggest that becoming involved in the leadership of the Section is a wonderful way to really begin to understand the inner workings of this wonderful organization known as the American Public Health Association.  I think you know we have had Section members who have been in major leadership positions within APHA, including serving on the Executive Board!  We have health educators from our “sister Section” (Public Health Education and Health Promotion) who have not only served on the Executive Board, but also have served as president of APHA.  I guess the sentiments of President Obama certainly ring true in this regard, “Yes we can.”  We can carry this a step further and say not only can we, we have, and we will continue.  I urge those of you who would like to become more involved, to contact Past Section Chair Terry Wessel and toss your hat into the ring as a candidate for an elected office within the Section.  Hey, so what if you don’t get elected?  At least you were willing to expend your time and energy working for the nation’s children.  I know that you do this on a regular basis within your own jobs, but here is a chance to become part of the leadership of perhaps the most “powerful” public health organization in the nation.

I wish each of you all the best.  If you submitted an abstract for consideration at this year’s meeting, thanks. Those reviews will be completed over the next few weeks.  For those of you who have recruited a new member, thanks a lot. For those of you who will volunteer your services and be considered for an elective position, thanks a lot. For those of you who will become involved in the Section in some other capacity, thanks a lot.  For those of you who are going to make a commitment to take one more action step on behalf of the nation’s children, thanks a lot.

In closing, I wish every one of you all the best. Stay well and happy.

See you in Philadelphia.

Larry Olsen

Chair–Elect, SHES Section

 

 

Friends of Mildred Doster, MD

Mildred Doster, MD, a long time member of the School Health Education and Services Section, died peacefully on Jan. 30, 2009, three months after celebrating her 100th birthday. Her excellent physical health was only exceeded by her positive attitude and charitable heart. She was a friend to school and public health during her entire adult life.

An extremly humble individual, it was Mildred's wish not to have a service in her honor. She was cremated in a private ceremony. 

Information about Mildred's professional life will be published in a feature article in an upcoming issue of the obituary section of the Denver Post.

Mildred was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education (RMC). The RMC will print an article about Mildred's contributions
in their upcoming newsletter.
 
Mildred helped write one of the first SHES Section position statements about the school health program that became a position statement of APHA, when only three sections of the school health program were generally recognized (Education, Services, and Environment). She was awarded the American School Health Association's Presidential Citation in 1996.
 
Mildred was loved by all who knew her. She will be missed.

Advocacy in Action

President Obama Signs SCHIP Reauthorization

On Feb. 4, APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin joined President Obama at the White House as he signed the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. In January, the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the legislation by overwhelmingly bipartisan margins. APHA members sent more than 4,400 messages to Capitol Hill in support of the legislation.

The legislation will reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) program for 4.5 years – through 2013 ‐ and will provide an additional $32.8 billion to cover an additional 4.1 million previously uninsured children, bringing the total number of children covered by the program to 11 million. The measure will require SCHIP to provide comprehensive dental benefits and will require the same coverage for mental illness as provided for physical illness. The funding for the expansion of the program will be paid for by an increase in the federal tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. In addition, the measure will allow states the option of covering pregnant women and legal immigrant children. Currently, legal immigrants are subject to a five year waiting period before they can qualify for the SCHIP and Medicaid programs.

The passage of the legislation comes as a victory to the public health community and other advocates for children’s health who were dismayed during the 110th Congress when President Bush twice vetoed similar legislation. You can view APHA’s statement regarding the bill signing at:

http://www.apha.org/about/news/pressreleases/2009/SCHIP_expansion.htm

Prevention First Act Includes Funding for Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Rep. Louise Slaughter, D‐N.Y., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D, Nev., introduced H.R. 463/S. 21, the Prevention First Act, to promote pregnancy prevention and reproductive health. The bill includes a measure to fund age‐appropriate, medically accurate comprehensive sexuality education programs, including information on contraception and abstinence. Currently, federal funding only exists for abstinence‐only programs and totals about $176 million per year. Critics of abstinence‐only programs claim that the programs do not deter adolescents from having sex. Moreover, they fail to prepare adolescents to become sexually active or protect themselves from unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS and, in some cases, include false or misleading information.

Last year, APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in support of funding for comprehensive sexuality education programs. You can read APHA’s testimony at:

http://www.apha.org/NR/rdonlyres/11DDC21C‐1AFB‐4167‐80D0‐F365E3AEE0FA/0/AbstinenceOnlyTestimony.pdf

What's New in School Health Services

Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FASHA

The National Association of School Nurses identified research priorities to guide school nurses and researchers in their studies and to create knowledge and evidence that supports school nursing practice. The priorities are: 

1:  Improve the reliability, quality, and accessibility of school health data to promote research and knowledge development in child health and school health.
 

Currently, there is a dearth of data to support school nursing intensity and practice. Many school districts have not invested in electronic student health records, and those who do fail to use agreed-upon terminology to manage that data.  As a result, state and national level data cannot be aggregated and analyzed.
 
2:  Advance research and development of effective, evidence-based models of school health services delivery in order to create consensus among school nurse leaders and health policy-makers on what constitutes a quality school health services program.

Rigorous investigations are needed on the structure, operations, personnel and cost effectiveness of school health delivery models.

3:  Discover the critical indicators that are sensitive enough to distinguish between the effects of family and community and the effects of school nursing interventions on child, family and school community outcomes.  

In the acute setting, identified measures include pressure ulcers, length of stay, central line infections and patient falls as particularly sensitive to nursing intensity and education.  Nursing leaders are identifying the student outcomes that respond to nursing interventions in the school setting. 

4:  Solidify NASN's authority on evidence based school nursing practice.

NASN recognizes that school nurses do not often have the time to research evidence-based interventions and health promotion programs.  Nurses need easily accessible resources that quickly identify health interventions that work.  NASN seeks to expand identified clinical guidelines of evidence-based practice in school settings and disseminate it to school level health providers.

By identifying the research priorities, NASN aims to focus limited time, energy and dollars toward studies that will advance the practice of school nursing and improve the health of students and their families. 

Nineteenth Annual APHA Public Health Materials Contest

The APHA Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section is soliciting your best health education, promotion and communication materials for the 19th annual competition. The contest provides a forum to showcase public health materials during the APHA Annual Meeting and recognizes professionals for their hard work.

 

All winners will be selected by panels of expert judges prior to the 137th APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.  A session will be held at the Annual Meeting to recognize winners, during which one representative from the top materials selected in each category will give a presentation about their material.

 

Entries will be accepted in three categories; printed materials, electronic materials, and other materials.  Entries for the contest are due by March 27, 2009.  Please contact Kira McGroarty at kmcgroar@jhsph.edu for additional contest entry information. 

Two New American School Health Association Online Training Courses

The American School Health Association is proud to announce the availability of two new online, interactive training courses. 

 

Both of these courses are available through the member’s only continuing education Web page and through the ASHA store.

 

Disease Preparedness in Schools Series

When Disease Outbreaks Occur in Schools:

A Guide for School Nurses - Module III

Online Training Course

 

School nurses are on the front line when a disease outbreak happens at school.

 

This interactive, online training course is designed to help School Nurses and other school personnel prepare for and respond to such outbreaks.

 

Developed with an unrestricted educational grant from Medimmune, this module will guide you through 5 stages - Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery - to organize a plan for responding to a disease outbreak.

 

Helpful Internet Resources also are included.

 

Participants completing this module are eligible to receive the following continuing education contact hours.

 

  • Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hour
  • CECH Category I CHES, OH0005
  • Certificate of Completion

 

 

Adolescents: They’re Worth a Shot!

Online Training Course

 

This interactive, online training course provides an overview of the vaccines recommended for adolescents. The course also describes useful strategies for informing and motivating adolescents and their parents about vaccinations.

 

Developed with an unrestricted educational grant from Merck, this course is a companion guide to Give It A Shot! Toolkit for School Nurses and Other Immunization Champions Working with Secondary Schools.

 

Participants completing the course are eligible to receive the following continuing education contact hours.

 

  • 1.0 Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hour
  • 1.0 CECH Category I CHES, OH0005
  • Certificate of Completion

 

Now available from CDC: Software for Analysis of YRBS Data

 
Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) employ a complex sampling design. Therefore, to analyze YRBS data correctly, statistical software packages that account for this sampling design must be used. This document describes five statistical software packages appropriate for analyzing YRBS data: SUDAAN, SAS, STATA, SPSS, and Epi Info. For each statistical software package, information on analytic capabilities, data requirements, variance estimation, and survey degrees of freedom is provided along with sample design statements and a sample program.  

Advancing School Mental Health

The 14th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health will be held in Minneapolis on Nov. 2-4, 2009 at the Hilton Minneapolis. The Conference is sponsored by the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) and the IDEA Partnership. The theme of this year's conference is School Mental Health: Promoting Success for All Students. The conference features twelve specialty tracks and offers speakers and participants numerous opportunities to network and advance knowledge and skills related to school mental health practice, research, training, and policy.

Further information is available at http://csmh.umaryland.edu/ 

2009 School Safety and Bullying Prevention Symposium

May 7, 2009: School Safety and Bullying Prevention Symposium
May 6, 2009: Pre-Conference Skill Builder and i-Safe Certification

To register for the May 7, 2009 School Safety and Bullying Prevention Symposium and/or the Pre-Conference session on May 6 please contact the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution to obtain a registration form. Checks and purchase orders should be payable to the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and must be received by April 23 to ensure your place at the event. No refunds will be issued after
April 30, 2009 .

Space is very limited!! To reserve your place, please register ASAP. Payment must be received by
April 23, 2009
. Registration closes April 23rd or when registration or when we reach capacity.
 
Contact: Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution
Attn: Lesley Walden
77 S. High St. 24th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
 
Phone: (614) 752-9595              Fax: (614) 752-9682

Questions: The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at: (614) 752-9595, or e-mail at: Sarah.Wallis@cdr.state.oh.us

SHES Outstanding Abstract Award

Congratulations to the SHES Outstanding Abstract Award Winners!

The SHES Outstanding Abstract Award went to Jen Nickelsen, PhD., RD

The three SHES Honorable Mentions were:Herminia Nieves, BS, MPH; DeAnnah Byrd, MS; and Madhubindu Kanneganti

 

 




Good News!

The University of South Flroida College of Public Health's Dr. Kay Perrin has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award. Dr. Perrin, PhD, MPH, is the director of acadmic affairs and association professor. She will be teaching at the University of India, Symbiosis College of Nursing, located in Pune, India.

Dr. Perrin will be in India from January 2009 until May 2009 teaching courses in adolescent / school health and research methods for graduate nursing students.