National school health conference coming to Louisville Oct. 12-15

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The 85th American School Health Conference will be held at the Galt House in Louisville next month. This year’s conference theme, “Limitless Possibilities: School Health in the New Decade,” will highlight ways to work with a variety of individuals and groups to improve health outcomes and learning success among children and youth.

The American School Health Association’s 2011 conference will address ways to develop collaborations with multidisciplinary groups within the various components of coordinated school health. More than 400 school health professionals are expected for the four-day conference, Oct. 12-15, which includes educational sessions and two days of exhibits.

ASHA is pleased to have Gene Wilhoit, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers and former Kentucky education commissioner, as the keynote speaker of the conference Oct. 13 His understanding of the coordinated school health model and his visionary leadership to the future of education makes him the perfect person to share thoughts on school health and education in the next decade.

Continuing education units will be available for school nurses, and administrators will receive 6 ELIA credits for attending the conference. For more information and registration about the conference, please go to http://www.ashaweb.org/.

The American School Health Association is a nonprofit, school health organization whose aim is to serve those who work with students in all educational settings. Founded in 1927, the mission of the association is to protect and promote the health of children and youth by supporting coordinated school health programs as a foundation for school success and academic achievement. ASHA membership includes (among many professions) school and government administrators, health educators, nutritionists, physical educators, school nurses, physicians, social workers, safe and drug-free school coordinators and school counselors.

If you would like additional information please contact Barbara Donica, chair for the Local Planning Committee at www.donica_us@yahoo.com.

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