Kristen Pekarek

American School Health Association Offers Free School Health Webinars

Schools play an important role in improving student health, social outcomes, and overall academic success. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, aside from families, schools have the most direct contact with more than 95 percent of U.S. young people ages 5–17 years, for 6 hours a day, and for up to 13 crucial years of their social, psychological, physical, and intellectual development.

Coordinated school health programs and policies are the most efficient means schools have to closing achievement gaps, reducing risk behaviors, and preventing serious health problems among students. Whole child partner the American School Health Association (ASHA) is offering free school health webinars this fall to engage audiences in the work of ASHA and the school health field. The webinars will run from September through the middle of November and cover current school health topics, ranging from implementing National Sexuality Education Standards to engaging parents in school health promotion. ASHA will be archiving the webinars and offering participants certified health education specialist credits and continuing education unit credits, depending on the topic.

Learn more about the webinars, register, and view the archive:

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It's Not Your Father's "Shrink:" New Developments in Children's Mental Health Service Delivery
Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 1:30–3:00 p.m. eastern time
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Kate Elkington on Adolescents & the Stigma of Seeking Services for HIV (working title)
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 2:00–3:30 p.m. eastern time
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National Sexuality Education Standards

Part 1: Intro to Implementation
Wednesday, September 6, 2012
Archive coming soon.

Part 2: Best Approaches to Utilization
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 1:30–3:00 p.m. eastern time
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Parent Engagement

Parental Engagement Strategies for School Health
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 2:00–3:30 p.m. eastern time
Register now!

ASHA's membership includes more than 2,000 administrators, counselors, health educators, physical educators, psychologists, school health coordinators, school nurses, school physicians, and social workers in more than 56 countries. The organization's mission looks to build the capacity to plan, develop, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and advocate for effective school health strategies that contribute to optimal health and academic outcomes for all children and youth. Learn more about ASHA at

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