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.
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 building 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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
The American School Health Association (ASHA) aspires to LEAD, EDUCATE, and ACTIVATE multidisciplinary school health professionals and other champions as they work in their communities across the country to implement our mission to transform all schools into places where every student learns and thrives. At our core is a belief that the involvement of individuals with diverse perspectives, lived experiences, and professional lenses creates a stronger, healthier school community. As such, ASHA encourages the recognition of school health professionals and champions from different backgrounds and with different perspectives. We invite nominations in the spirit of inclusivity where all forms of diversity are seen as valuable.
William A. Howe Award
Distinguished Service Award
Outstanding School Health Researcher Award
School Health Professional of the Year Award
Legislator of the Year Award
Past Legislator Award Recipients
Dr. Robert Synovitz Emerging Professional Award
ASHA Fellow Award
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Award
recognize a setting/organization or interest group, either in the school or community that has applied the philosophy associated with the WSCC model, specifically in the alignment, integration, and collaboration between education and health in order to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Award candidates/nominees may include: School Health Advisory Committees, DHHS, School Health/Wellness Teams, Education Agency departments in school health.