Committees and Initiatives

The American School Health Association encourages the teamwork of employees and volunteers so that we may offer the best services possible. Volunteers contribute their unique talents, skills, and knowledge of our community to provide personalized attention to clients, enable the paid staff to concentrate on the work for which they were trained, and educate the public about our organization and its cause.

Committees

Advocacy and Coalitions Committee

Purpose: To build partnerships with national level coalitions and other partners to influence public policy on issues of importance to ASHA’s mission. This committee also works to educate and empower the ASHA membership to act on school health policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.

Leadership and Recognition Committee

Purpose: To help support ASHA’s efforts in build a community to support the whole child, and to activate champions of school health by recognizing leaders in school health, developing their skills, and to support academic pursuits of young school health professionals through scholarships.

Professional Development Committee

Purpose: To work in collaboration with ASHA staff and conference planning contractor to plan and implement year-round professional development opportunities for school health professionals including the annual ASHA conference, monthly webinars, self-studies, and any new opportunities that may emerge.

Research and Publications Committee

Purpose: To solicit, curate, disseminate, and promote research I the field of school health. These activities help the ASHA leadership better understand how to lead change efforts and provided the bases of how best to build communities to support school health.

Initiatives

School Violence Taskforce

Created March 15, 2018 to address school violence and bring forward meaningful solutions to this ongoing epidemic. This taskforce is charged with conceiving of, creating, and proposing strategies to advance a nationwide response to the epidemic of gun violence in schools.

Student Health Advocacy Coalition

ASHA actively participates as a steering committee member of the Student Health Advocacy Coalition (SHAC). SHAC is a coalition of over 35 national organizations that are focused on health and/or education and improving the health and well-being of all PreK-12 students.

Future Leaders Academy

Created in 2006 to identify and train individuals for future leadership roles in the organization. The Future Leaders Academy builds skills and familiarizes emerging professionals with the programs and activities of the Association

ASHA Gives Back

This tradition started back in September of 2015 under then ASHA president, Linda Morse. As described by Linda:

 “ASHA members are caring and dedicated professionals. Each year, we come to a new conference city, stay a few days, and then return to our families, homes, schools, and universities. While at the conference, we learn from each other but what do we learn about the community and the children and youth who live there? This year, we are starting a new ASHA tradition: “ASHA Gives Back”. By donating to a local youth-serving charity, we can leave a small but meaningful impact on the lives of local children and youth who need our help and support to learn and thrive. We have a chance to touch the future and touch a life.”