5 Affordable School Health Workshops in San Antonio

Posted on September 13, 2012


Is professional development one of your main reasons for coming to ASHA’s conference? Then be sure to take advantage of these affordable training opportunities during our pre- and post-conference workshops. Pre-conference workshops are just $50 and post-conference workshops are free! For full descriptions of the workshops and all other conference sessions, click here.

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Pre-Conference Workshops
Wednesday, October 10

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

Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions among school‐aged youth. When asthma is not under control, students with asthma are more likely to miss school and are therefore less likely to achieve their full academic potential. Helping students achieve full asthma literacy requires a team – asthma care clinicians, students, families, and school nurses.

Help Students Gain Control By Making Your Asthma Program Up-To-Date This three hour, skills‐based workshop will focus on four key strategies that school nurses can use to help students with persistent asthma gain control.

  • Promoting the use of inhaled corticosteroid medication every day. You will learn effective approaches to explain why corticosteroids are needed.
  • Assessing airflow to see how asthma affects breathing. You will learn how to assess airflow with an electronic peak flow meter that also determines FEV1.
  • Assessing and teaching inhalation skills. Breathing medications into the lungs requires practice and coaching. You will learn how to teach these techniques and how to conduct periodic checks to keep that skill.
  • Assessing and teaching students about asthma triggers. Avoiding triggers can keep asthma from getting worse.

 Fee: $50


Best Practices for School Health Coordinators
Sponsored by American Cancer Society

Kim McLaughlin, MS Ed, CAS, MCHES, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership
Sandy Klarenbeek MS, CHES, Black Hills State University
Mary Connolly M.ED, CAGS, Curry College, Cambridge College

The mission of the American School Health Association is to build the capacity of its members 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. One of the five “core belief” statements of ASHA is “The Association maintains the most effective and efficient means of promoting healthy citizens is through a coordinated, school health approach.”

The role of school health coordinators is loosely defined by school district leaders as well as school health coordinators themselves. The responsibilities of school health coordination need to be identified and defined to meet the mission and belief statement. The purpose of this pre-conference session is to provide the opportunity for members of the Health Coordinator Section and other interested American School Health Association (ASHA) members to work together to explore and identify the key roles and responsibilities of a school health coordinator and what they look like in practice. Using research and best practice resources in the field, participants will work together to learn about and share Coordinated School Health best practices and related strategies and tools that have been successfully used by schools to develop, implement and achieve related health and academic goals. In addition, participants will explore the reasons and benefits of pursuing school health coordinator credentialing.

At the ASHA 2011 Conference, Health Coordinator Section members strongly requested that we plan and offer half day or full day professional development opportunities at future conferences to assist them with delineating, learning, enhancing and implementing school health coordinator best practices. This pre-conference session is designed to meet that need.

Fee: $50. This workshop is  free for the first 25 registrants.


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

This pre-conference workshop will help clarify what the National Sexuality Education Standards are, how they can be used to inform state and local policy, and how teachers can use them to choose curricula for their health classes. The standards will be compared to sample state sexuality education policies, as well as to sample Evidenced Based curricula.

Fee: $50.00

Post-Conference Workshops
Saturday, October 13

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

This session will provide the landscape of what critical health policy factors are impacting our state’s children and provide participants with the tools to change these policies, in essence gaining the skills to help participants impact the trajectory of success for the 6.5 million children of Texas.

With an overview of current policies on food access, nutrition standards, fitness at school and in the community, as well as the basics of how health reform has already impacted health care access, participants will gain a better understanding of the invisible rules impacting childcare environments today and opportunities to improve those environments. No prior policy background is required for full participation in this session, which will include presentation and interaction.

Fee: Free

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
Catherine L. Ramstetter, PhD, University of Cincinnati, CET&L

This workshop was formulated out of the presenters’ previous general session presentations at the 2011 School Health Conference, during which Photovoice was described as a method for engaging students and as a catalyst for dialogue and action. Participants in the 2011 sessions asked about the process and rationale for conducting Photovoice. Thus, with the role of ASHA and School Health as a focus, participants in this three-part workshop will explore Photovoice, as a research and teaching method; participate in a Photovoice project; and identify ways to apply Photovoice in their schools or communities. Pre-registration is required so that we might contact participants with instructions to prepare a Photovoice assignment for the workshop. During the workshop, participants will engage in Photovoice-led dialogue and meaning-making as we construct shared knowledge to influence action.

With the role of ASHA and School Health as a focus, in this three-part workshop, participants will explore Photovoice, as a research and teaching method; participate in a Photovoice project; and identify ways to apply Photovoice in their schools or communities.

Fee: Free