Originally aired: Monday, September 12, 2011, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
CHES Credits: 1
In this free webinar, ASHA explores the Future of School Health with three of the nation's leading advocates for health in schools, who lend their expertise to the discussion and answer your questions. Presenters include Charles Basch, PhD, Richard March Hoe Professor of Health Education at Columbia University Teachers College; Howell Wechsler, EdD, MPH, Director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Ginny Ehrlich, MPH, MS, Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
Explain the impact of at least two significant health disparities that impact academic performance.
Provide examples of at least two models of effective coordinated school health programs.
Describe local implementation for health programs in schools.
Charles Basch, PhD
Richard March Hoe Professor of Health Education at Columbia University Teachers College
Dr. Basch will present an overview of the current state of school health and will summarize the seven most prominent health disparities preventing inner-city minority youth from succeeding in school. Dr. Basch attended ASHA’s invitation-only Future of School Health Summit in May, and his review of the research on health disparities will be published in the October issue of the Journal of School Health. The special issue is sponsored by the Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Howell Wechsler, EdD, MPH
Director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Wechsler will bring school health data to life through examples of positive developments in school health at the national and state levels. As the director of the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), Dr. Wechsler supervises the management of DASH's three surveillance systems – Youth Risk Behavior System, School Health Policies and Programs Study, and School Health Profiles. His expertise is critical to this webinar discussion, just as it was at ASHA’s invitation-only Future of School Health Summit in May.
Ginny Ehrlich, MPH, MS
Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Ms. Ehrlich will share what her organization has learned through the nationwide implementation of the Healthy Schools Program. She’ll also explain why sound policy is needed at state and local levels in order for meaningful change to happen in schools. Under Ms. Ehrlich’s guidance since 2006, the Alliance has helped more than 12,000 schools in all 50 states to transform their environments into places where physical activity and healthier foods are more readily available to over 7.5 million students before, during and after school.