2017 School Health Conference

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Registration Now Open!

Attendees can register now online or via PDF to attend the conference! Registration rates can be viewed here or on the 2nd page of the PDF. If you are a non-member student or an ASHA Organizational member, you will need to register via PDF.

Be sure to register before August 24th to take advantage of Early Bird rates! 

Conference Overview

ASHA’s 2017 School Health conference taking place at Hilton St. Louis at the BallPark in St. Louis, Missouri from October 11-13 is a great resource for school health professionals across the US and internationally to learn, meet, and share ideas with like-minded professionals. Attendees represent schools, districts, state, communities, government, and other school health committed entities.  Four interdisciplinary based tracks are offered during the conference for professionals to acquire the knowledge and resources to develop, support, and assess school health tenets while embracing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.

  • The Administration, Coordination & Leadership track features sessions focused on the implementation of PreK-12 coordinated school health programs at the national, state, and local level.
  • The Programs & Services track features sessions focused on the innovative delivery of school health programs and services.
  • The Research & Emerging Issues track features sessions focused on research that impact members of the school health team and that address child and adolescent health issues.
  • The Teaching & Learning track features sessions focused on health education and physical education instruction in PreK-12 school settings or the university-based preparation of individuals for school-based health education and physical education instruction.

Conference Details

This year, ASHA’s conference runs from Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon.

Wednesday, October 11

From 9 am – Noon, ASHA will be offering two concurrent pre-conference workshops for an additional cost of $55.

  • Precon A:  Expanding the Approach: Using CDC School Health Professional Development Tools and Resources in Your Obesity Prevention Efforts
  • Precon B: Walking Man Film Screening & A Look into Suicide Prevention/Mental Health Education
    • If you’re interested in adding a pre-con, you can do so during the registration process, or add it to your existing registration (PreconA, PreconB).

The regular conference kicks off at 1pm with three concurrent forums on the topics of “Advocacy”, “Research and Emerging Issues”, and “Teaching & Learning” – attendees who have registered for either the full conference or the Wednesday/Thursday rate may attend these sessions.

From 4:15 – 5:15pm, if you are a first time attendee – join ASHA at our First Timers Orientation to familiarize yourself with ASHA’s conference proceedings.

From 5:15 – 6:45pm, join ASHA’s Welcome Reception for light refreshments to meet and network with other attendees.

Thursday, October 12th

Throughout the day, attendees may attend any sessions categorized in the following four key areas, as well as a special Thursday-only bonus track:

  • Administration, Coordination & Leadership: focused on the implementation of PreK-12 coordinated school health programs at the national, state, and local level.
  • Programs & Services: focused on the innovative delivery of school health programs and services.
  • Research & Emerging Issues: focused on research that impact members of the school health team and that address child and adolescent health issues.
  • Teaching & Learning: focused on health education and physical education instruction in PreK-12 school settings or the university-based preparation of individuals for school-based health education and physical education instruction.

Other activities to look forward to on Thursday include our opening keynote session, poster presentations, and our Awards luncheon.

Don’t forget to visit our Exhibit Hall from 7:15am – 7:00pm to meet our exhibitors and sponsors. Grab some breakfast and mid-day dessert here as well.

Visit ASHA’s Registration Desk between 7:15am – 6:30pm  to sign up for Networking Dinners taking place from 7:00 pm– 8:30pm – an opportunity to dine around local restaurants in St. Louis within walking distance with your conference colleagues!

Friday, October 13th

Start your day from 7:15 – 8:00am with Get Fit for Healthy Students: HipHop Physical Exercise, an optional engaging light physical activity to learn how to implement Hip Hop with Physical Exercise into your classrooms. Registration is required ($10) with all proceeds benefiting ASHA’s Scholarships and Future Leaders Academy fund. Donations also accepted!

Attendees can look forward to sessions all day in the above mentioned four tracks of learning, our closing keynote speaker, and more poster presentations.

The Exhibit Hall will be open from 7:15am – Noon.

Lunch will be offered from 12:05 – 1:25pm during Roundtable discussions – allowing you to pick up a boxed lunch and join a table to discuss hot and timely topics with other like-minded professionals.

The conference will officially conclude around 4:40pm, after the final round of concurrent sessions.

Call for Abstracts (Closed)

Reviews are underway and submitters will be notified Mid-June.

Pre-Conferences

From 9 am – Noon on Wednesday, October 11th,  ASHA will be offering two concurrent pre-conference workshops for an additional cost of $55.

  • Precon A:  Expanding the Approach: Using CDC School Health Professional Development Tools and Resources in Your Obesity Prevention Efforts 
    • This session will provide an overview of CDC’s School Health eLearning series and professional development tools and resources that are available to schools and districts to strengthen their school health policies, programs and curricula Professional Development (PD) events. Individuals will be able to apply the knowledge learned from this presentation to incorporate and enhance their PD events in initiating health policies and curricula changes in their school or district.
  • Precon B: Walking Man Film Screening & A Look into Suicide Prevention/Mental Health Education
    • Walking Man is an award-winning documentary following mental health advocate, Mark Norwine’s, 200-mile walk across the state of Missouri. It combines the need of awareness and education in our communities while also showing one family’s struggles with mental illness. (Learn more and view the trailer here). Following the film, we will hold a discussion and training on topics surrounding mental health and suicide prevention. Additionally, we will provide insight into Walking Man programs, including a comprehensive mental health and suicide prevention curriculum which provides signs and symptoms, coping skills, stigma reduction, resources and more. Catching mental health issues in the earliest stages can increase the possibility of long term mental health and wellness. Our hope is to provide tools and resources for educators so they can help save and better lives.

If you’re interested in adding a pre-con, you can do so during the registration process, or add it to your existing registration (PreconA, PreconB).

Conference Sponsorship & Exhibition

The 2017 Annual American School Health Conference in St. Louis will attract approximately 500 school health professionals from across the nation to network and discuss current school health issues and trends, research findings and innovative teaching techniques.

Download the Conference Sponsorship Prospectus

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting?  Contact Erin Dlugacz, Senior Manager, Fundraising & Sponsorship, 703-506-7668

ASHA Fundraiser

Join ASHA to Get Fit for Healthy Students: HipHop Physical Exercise, on Friday, October 13 from 7:15am-8:00am, an engaging light physical activity to learn how to integrate Hip Hop with Physical Exercise to implement in your classrooms. Registration is required ($10) with all proceeds benefiting ASHA’s Scholarships and Future Leaders Academy fund. Donations also accepted! If you are not attending the conference and would like to donate, you can do so here. 

Accommodations

Hilton St. Louis at the BallPark
1 South Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
Check-In: 4:00 PM | Check-Out: 11:00 AM

ASHA has negotiated a special discounted sleeping room rate of $155.00 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees, available for the nights of Tuesday, October 10 – Saturday, October 14.

How to Book
You can reserve your room online or call the Hilton at (314) 421-1776 and be sure to mention the “American School Health Conference” room block. The special discounted room rate is available until September 19, 2017, or until the block is filled.

Transportation
The nearest airport is Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) which is 14 miles from the conference hotel. Estimated taxi fare is about $35.00 (one way), and estimated MetroLink fare is about $3.00 (one way). The hotel does not offer shuttle service. If driving, the Hilton offers self-parking for $25.00 per day.

About Town
Check out Explore St. Louis to learn more about this vibrant city and fun things to do while you’re in town. From the iconic Gateway Arch and stunning views of the Mississippi River, to the bustling night-life and historic breweries, St. Louis is the place to be!