You may have heard about Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C), the practice of partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. But were you aware that a rapidly growing number of girls in the U.S., ages 0-15, are at risk of being subjected to FGM/C? The Center for Disease Control estimates that over ½ million girls in the U.S. are at risk of being cut - a number that has more tripled in 25 years. The majority of these girls are located in areas with large populations of immigrants from countries that practice FGM/C: Los Angeles, San Diego; New York City area; Washington D.C. area; Seattle; Detroit; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Atlanta; Dallas/Houston; Miami; Columbus, Ohio, Boston and Chicago.
ASHA is partnering with the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to present a webinar that will tell you what you need to know to spot girls at risk and to keep girls safe from this harmful and illegal practice. The webinar will provide information about the practice of FGM/C, who is most at risk, and how to assess the threat of FGM/C and work with law enforcement to prevent the procedure. Register today!
On April 28, 2016, ASHA began accepting nominations for six available seats on ASHA’s Board of Directors (BOD) for the 2017-2018 term (Jan 1, 2017 through Dec 31, 2018). ASHA’s BOD is a working board and all board members will serve on and/or chair committees. To be considered for nomination, applicants will need to submit resume/CV (3-page limit) and application form by June 1, 2016. Self-nomination is encouraged.
CDC, ASHA, ASCD, and NACDD release new special issue of the Journal of School Health – 10 articles expand the evidence of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model and the link between health and learning.
ASHA 2016 Conference will take in Baltimore, MD from October 6-8 and will feature presenters across the US over four tracks, 1) Administration, Coordination, and Leadership, 2) Programs and Services 3) Research and Emerging Issues and 4) Teaching and Learning. Presenters and attendees will network throughout this 2 and half day event and take back home resources, tools, and information to connect health and learning for preK-12 students and to support new and existing school health efforts.