2018 School Health Conference

Conference Overview

ASHA’s 2018 School Health conference, taking place at Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana October 4-6,  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 Registration

Registration for the conference is now open and will close on September 20th.

Conference Rates 
* One year ASHA membership included with conference registration. Membership will begin after the conference.
** Non-member students must register via PDF and email/mail with copy of student ID for current academic term in order to receive the discounted rate.
*** Organizational Members must register via PDF to receive member rates.

PDF Registration Form

Conference Details

ASHA’s 2018 Annual Conference offers over 80 oral presentations covering a variety of school health-related content. Between the keynotespre-conference and post-conference sessions, forums, roundtables, and breakouts framed within five educational tracks catered to your needs, you’ll leave our conference with a year’s worth of knowledge, making this conference one of the best deals around.The 2018 Conference Schedule is now available! Click here to view it.


Friday, October 5th

The Road to Gold: Getting Your School Health Program on the Podium

Presented by Dr. Bonnie Edmondson, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the School Health Education Program at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Nationally, Dr. Edmondson has served on expert panels and has been a peer reviewer for numerous publications and journals. In addition, Bonnie is a two-time national champion and former world ranked hammer thrower.

Health Education is critical to support the growth and achievement of the whole child.  School health education provides students with the functional knowledge and essential skills necessary to influence healthy and responsible behaviors.  Data indicate a clear link between student health and achievement, yet, many times school health programs are downsized or eliminated.  What can be done to address this concern? Lessons learned from champions in the field will be shared and characteristics of high functioning teams that support the whole child now and in the future will be discussed. In addition, this keynote will explore findings on the future direction of school health education graduate programs and what content should be considered to teach and advocate for these programs.

Saturday, October 6th

Violence Prevention: Know the Signs to Change the Headline

Presented by Paula Fynboh, Vice President of Field Operations for Sandy Hook Promise, leading their program implementation and sustainability efforts with the goal of bringing Sandy Hook Promise’s no-cost, easy to implement Know the Signs programs to schools and youth serving organizations across the country.

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut, led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating youth and adults to understand the signs of someone who may be thinking of hurting themselves or someone else and mobilizing them to intervene, look out for one another and be Upstanders. The keynote will share information about Sandy Hook Promise’s no-cost Know the Signs violence prevention programs and inspiring stories from schools and students across the action who are changing the culture to prevent violence and save lives.


From 9 am – Noon on Thursday, October 4th, ASHA will be offering three concurrent pre-conference workshops for an additional cost of $55.

Precon A:  Incorporating Engaging Health Education in the Classroom

Presenters: Brian K. Lucas, MS, MCHES and Diana Ruschhaupt, MS, MCHES of Health Ed Pros. LLC

  • The changes and lack of priority given to health education programming in our schools have led to different strategies.  This workshop is designed to provide teachers, school nurses and other school personnel the knowledge and skills they will need to teach hands-on/engaging health education in schools and be a partner in a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child/Coordinated School Health program.  This will primarily focus on skills and knowledge in the areas of puberty, growth and development, decision making and drug prevention/education.  This workshop is designed to align with the Professional Teacher Standards for the Early and Middle Childhood Generalist, such that pre-service teachers of early and middle childhood will know, understand, and be able to use the comprehensive nature of students’ physical, mental, and social well-being to create opportunities for student development and practice of skills that contribute to good health.

Precon B: Everything “SHI” Does is Magic- from Application to Implementation

Presenters: Melissa Fahrenbruch, Trevor Newby, Christopher Kissler, Jyotsna Blackwell and Patricia Patrick of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • CDC has recently updated the School health Index (SHI), an online self-assessment and planning guide for schools, to align with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model, a collaborative approach to learning and health. The purpose of this session is to provide participants with skills and knowledge that will assist them in applying assessment results.  Presenters will introduce strategies identifying the action steps or approaches for addressing the weaknesses in policies and practices. Participants will then dive deeper with using the SHI online tool, practice facilitating a school health council meeting and how to prep for a local school board or community meeting.

Precon C: Understanding Poverty to Enhance Student Success

Presenters: Phyllis Lewis, MSN, RN, School Board Member, MSD Wayne Township; Michelle Stohler, BS, Title I Parent Liaison, MSD Wayne Township, Indianapolis;  Linda Neumann, RN, School Nurse Independent Consultant, St. Louis, Missouri

  • The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) emphasizes personalized learning, advancing equity, protections for America’s disadvantage and high needs students. An overview of the Health Determinants and Adverse Childhood Experiences are part of the Simulation activities. This session will include an interactive poverty simulation with data, research, surveys, case studies, and strategies for working with persons living in poverty. Since 1960 the United States Census Bureau has collected poverty rates in all 50 states and D.C. Data is also available on KIDS COUNT 2018. Participants are encouraged to bring information about their local poverty rates for this session.


From 8am – 5pm on Sunday, October 7th, ASHA will be offering three concurrent post-conference workshops for an additional cost of $110.

Postcon A: Youth Mental Health First Aid

Presenters: Ms. Alexandra Simko, Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Health Educator, Illinois State University; Ms. Sharon Mills, MS, Director, Applied Social Research Unit and Central Illinois Area Health Education Center, Illinois State University

  • Through the eight-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course, people who work with young people can become certified Youth MHFAiders to help those who may be experiencing a mental illness or mental health challenge. Participants are trained to look for signs and symptoms of mental health problems or when a problem may be developing in young people and provide early intervention through a 5-part strategy: ALGEE. This course is evidence-based and targeted for people who may not necessarily be in the mental health field, such as teachers, nurses and other health and human service providers, school staff, police officers, youth program staff, and others. This program helps to build mental health literacy and lessen stigma related to mental illness and mental health concerns.

Postcon B: American Red Cross CPR and AED Training and Certification

  • This course will prepare you to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate for Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED valid for two years.

Postcon C: Untold Stories: LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency

Presenters: Jasmine Clark, Manager of Strengths-Based Case Management and Family Support, Indiana Youth Group (IYG); Graham Brinklow, Manager of Trainings, Indiana Youth Group (IYG); Kaylee Sink, Youth Development Specialist: Thrive Facilitator, Indiana Youth Group (IYG)

  • Youth spend the majority of their young lives in schools. Yet for LGBTQ+ youth, school can be one of the most hostile environments they experience. According to the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), “57.6 percent of LGBTQ students felt unsafe at school due to their sexual orientation, and 43.3 percent because of their gender expression.” As school health professionals and youth workers, we have a duty to promote safe and enriching learning environments for LGBTQ+ youth. This workshop focuses on three crucial areas in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth: the school environment; family, parents, and guardians; and mental health and substance use. Our three interactive workshops will guide school health professionals in challenging their own biases and limitations in regards to working with LGBTQ+ youth. Our presenters take a holistic approach to serving LGBTQ+ youth, focusing on the daily intersections within their lives on the individual, community, and societal level.

Conference Sponsorship & Exhibition

The 2018 Annual American School Health Conference in Indianapolis 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.

Thank you to our generous 2018 Annual Conference Sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting?  Contact info@ashaweb.org


Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel
31 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Check-In: 3:00 PM | Check-Out: 12:00 PM

ASHA has negotiated a special discounted sleeping room rate of $169.00 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees, available for the nights of Wednesday, October 3rd – Sunday, October 7th.

How to Book
You can reserve your room online or call the Sheraton Central Reservations at 1-888-627-8166. Be sure to mention the “American School Health Conference” room block. The special discounted room rate is available until September 7, 2018 at 5:00pm EST, or until the block is filled.

The nearest airport is the Indianapolis International Airport which is 15 miles away from the conference hotel. The Go Green Airport Shuttle offers an express service from the airport to downtown Indianapolis every half hour. The cost of the shuttle is $10.00 one-way and there is a direct stop at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel. Online reservations are preferred.

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