Registration Opens for ASHA’s 2012 “Making Connections” Conference

Posted on May 17, 2012


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This October, school health professionals from across the country will gather in San Antonio, Texas to hear from experts in their field, to exchange ideas, and to find new ways to work together for the good of students throughout the United States.

Join us as we strengthen our own connections and support each other in helping schools promote health as a critical factor in academic acheivement.

Making Connections: The People, Passion, and Promise of School Health
October 10-13, 2012 • San Antonio, Texas

Keynote Speakers

Robert Gold

Dr. Robert S. Gold is an accomplished researcher and nationally known expert in the application of technology in health education and health promotion. His publications include numerous research and evaluation articles, dozens of pieces of software for organizations such as the Addiction Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society, and commercially published software and textbooks. He is the founding dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health. He first became dean of Maryland’s former College of Health and Human Performance in 2002 and led the transformation of that college into the School of Public Health in 2007. In this leadership role, Dr. Gold inspired and facilitated the creation of major research initiatives in health equity, health literacy and disease prevention and led the school through the process of receiving its initial accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health in 2010. In June 2012, Dr. Gold stepped down from his role as dean and continues to serve as a professor in the school’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health.

Howell Wechsler

Howell Wechsler, EdD, MPH, serves as director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). He supervises the management of DASH′s three surveillance systems — Youth Risk Behavior System, School Health Policies and Programs Study, and School Health Profiles; research and evaluation studies; development and dissemination of tools to help schools implement evidence-based policies and practices; and the funding of and technical assistance to state and local education agencies and national, non-governmental organizations.

Prior to serving as director for DASH, Dr. Wechsler was the chief of the Research Application Branch in DASH and served as the division′s obesity prevention specialist. Dr. Wechsler was the lead author of CDC’s “Guidelines for School Health Programs to Promote Lifelong Healthy Eating,” and also led the development of the “School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide.”

Dr. Wechsler earned a doctorate in health education from Teacher′s College, Columbia University, NYC; a Master′s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University, and a Bachelor′s Degree in journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Dr. Wechsler entered the field of public health during his service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire.

Register on Paper (For multiple registrants or to pay by check/purchase order.)

Pre-conference sessions are just $50!

Helping Students With Asthma Make Connections: Beyond Asthma Action Plans
Ben Francisco, PhD, Pulmonary Medicine and Allergy, University of Missouri

Best Practices for School Health Coordinators, sponsored by American Cancer Society 
Kim McLaughlin, MS Ed, CAS, MCHES, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership

National Sexuality Education Standards: Making the Connection to State Policy and EBIs
Nora Gelperin, M.Ed., Answer

Post-conference sessions are FREE!

Children’s Health Advocacy 101, sponsored by Texans Care for Children
Lauren Dimitry, BA, MPAff

Photovoice, ASHA and School Health: Understanding the Process, and Coming to Shared Meaning about ASHA and School Health
Beth Miller, PhD, RD, LD, University of Cincinnati and Catherine L. Ramstetter, PhD, University of Cincinnati, CET&L

Register on Paper (For multiple registrants or to pay by check/purchase order.)

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