2015 School Health Conference


Thank You!

Thank you to all presenters, sponsors & exhibitors, attendees, and volunteers who made 2015 ASHA  School Health Conference a success! Handouts have been compiled and attendees have received an email with the link access to this exclusive attendee only page. If you did not receive this email or have any other conference related questions – please email Ashley, adowling@ashaweb.org.

Save the Date – 2016 Conference

ASHA will be hosting our 2016 Conference in Baltimore, Maryland from October 6 – 8 at The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.


All information below is related to the 2015 conference



Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-4000

The 2015 Annual School Health Conference will take place at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. ASHA has secured a discounted room rate of $149.00 per night plus tax. Discounted Room Rate available until Monday, September 14, 2015 or until the block is filled.  Please call 1-800-782-4414 and request the ASHA room block. Additionally, you can book your discounted hotel room online! Click here to book your discounted room. This special ASHA rate is available 3 days before and after the conference dates, based on availability. Complimentary WiFi in hotel guest rooms is provided to those in the ASHA room block. Please do not delay in making your reservation!

UPDATE: Wednesday, October 14 night is sold out! Rooms are still available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the ASHA rate of 149.00 plus tax, based on availability. Attendees can still arrive on Thursday and reap all the benefits of the conference. 

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The hotel is conveniently located 17 miles from the Orlando International Airport. Taxis are available and are approximately $55 in each direction. Mears offers shared shuttle transportation to area hotels, drop of to the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, 1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 is approximately $22 each way. Use this coupon to save $4.00 on your round trip booking.

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Conference Details

The ASHA conference will officially begin on Thursday, October 15 at 1 pm with special afternoon sessions focused on advocacy, research and emerging issues, and teaching strategies. However, for travel planning purposes, please note that two engaging and interactive pre-conference sessions titled “A Magical School Health Story to Use and Remember” and “Gender Identity Issues Impact Us All” will be held Thursday morning. Details on those two sessions are provided further below.

Friday morning’s keynote speaker will be Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed., a pediatrician and specialist in adolescent medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Director of Health Services at Covenant House in Philadelphia. Dr. Ginsburg will speak on “Resilience in Action: Preparing Children and Adolescents to Thrive”.

Friday’s schedule includes a variety of workshops, the ASHA Awards Luncheon, and a networking reception sponsored by Indiana University (all included in the registration fee). Exhibits will be open throughout the day on Friday.

Saturday morning will feature Dr. Wayne Giles from CDC speaking on the “Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child” model of coordinated school health. Saturday morning sessions will end at 12:30 giving you plenty of time to explore the local attractions or simply relax by the hotel pool!

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Pre-Conference Sessions

On Thursday morning, October 15 you can participate in one of two great pre-conference sessions. Please note that a separate fee of $55 is required for these workshops and CEUs will be awarded. The three-hour sessions allow for more interaction and activity and focus on two timely topics:

Gender Identity Issues Impact Us All
Presenters: Nora Gelperin, Advocates for Youth; Dan Rice, Answer
This workshop addresses the need for all school health professionals, regardless of grade level, to be educated about and proactive when addressing issues related to gender identity, including transgender students, staff and their families. Gender identity, often confused with sexual orientation, impacts instructional programs, athletics, access to facilities and even comfort among professionals as they struggle to ensure their school reflects the latest recommendations around inclusion. This interactive workshop will engage participants in the latest information about gender identity, share examples of its impact on school health education, and feature best practices and resources for school health professionals and educators at every grade level.

A Magical School Health Story to Use and Remember
Presenters: Jessica Lawrence, Cairn Guidance; Kymm Ballard, SPARK
In this session, attendees will participate in an activity called a “School Health Storyline” that describes one local school’s adventure through the coordinated school health (CSH) process. Tools used within a CSH program will be shared as well as sample agendas, action plans and implementation successes. Attendees will be actively engaged in a variety of activities, brainstorms and sharing opportunities.

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ASHA Forums

This year, as part of your registration fee, ASHA is offering three distinct, 3-hour “forums” on Thursday, October 15 which will focus on the topics of “Advocacy 101: Going the Distance for School Health”; “Research & Emerging Issues”; and “Teaching & Learning”. Check the schedule below or to the top right for the most current listing of topics and speakers.

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Keynote Sessions


Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MSEd, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Friday, October 16, 8:35am-10:20am. Resilience in Action: Preparing Children and Adolescents to Thrive – Participants will learn about the seven C’s of resilience: confidence, competence, connection, character, coping, contribution and control. Dr. Ginsburg will also discuss the effects of adverse childhood experiences such as abuse, neglect and household dysfunction on brain development and behavior. His research over the last two decades has focused on facilitating youth to prioritize and explain their own proposed solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians such as physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors and others how to better serve them.


Wayne Giles, MD, MS, Director, Division of Population Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Saturday, October 17, 8:45am-9:45am. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model: Next Steps to Advance Student Health and Learning – In 2014, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ASCD worked with leaders in both the public health and education fields to develop the next evolution of a foundational framework to improve student health and learning. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach provides new opportunities to support the essential collaboration between health and education.  This presentation will provide an overview of how the WSCC supports a healthy school environment that addresses both health and education outcomes; what trainings, tools, resources and partnership opportunities exist to support the WSCC model; and what practices and infrastructure are essential to effective implementation.

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Conference Workshops

To keep you up-to-date on trends and evidence-based best practices in school health, the conference offers multiple continuing education opportunities for Certified Health Education Specialists (CECH and Adv. CECH), Nurses (CNE) and Registered Dietitians (CPEU). By attending sessions covered by the four key areas below, you’ll leave the conference reinvigorated:

  • 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.

To see the full conference schedule, click here. (PDF, Updated 10.4.2015)

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“Sip and Stroll” Poster Sessions

Thursday, October 15th 5:15 pm to 7:15pm. Stroll the hall and visit with the authors of over 60 diverse posters. New this year: posters will be clustered by topic and easily found with our new poster roadmap tool that will be provided to all attendees. A cash bar will be available. Click here to see all poster presentations. (PDF, Updated 10.7.2015) 

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Networking Dinners – Thursday, October 15

Thursday, October 15th starting at 7:00pm – We know you’ll be hungry after consuming a full day of cutting edge school health content on Thursday so we are making dinner arrangements for attendees who would like to network with others over a nice meal. This is how it will work: We will reserve a dozen or so tables to seat 6 or 8 attendees each, at a few great restaurants in the Downtown Disney area – just a short walk away from the hotel. When you arrive at the conference registration desk, we will provide all the information you need to make your decision on your dinner destination (menus, walking directions, sign-up sheets, etc). Be sure to sign up early to ensure your spot and a fun experience with your school health colleagues!

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CHES/MCHES Certification Testing

The Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) certification testing will take place during the conference on Saturday, October 17 from 8AM-11:30AM.  You must pre-register with the NCHEC office by September 1st at www.nchec.org.

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ASHA Gives Back

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. This year, it seemed fitting to select Covenant House of Florida as the inaugural charity. We are not asking for a monetary donation. The kids at Covenant House need school supplies, personal hygiene items, and clean clothing.  Many of these items you can pack in your suitcase or tote bag. Donation boxes will be available during the conference at the ASHA registration booth. Read a blog post from Linda Morse, ASHA President with more details on how you can donate.

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Disney World Discounts

ASHA has secured special rates for Walt Disney World® Resort available to ASHA conference attendees and friends/family traveling with them. The ticket prices reflect any applicable discounts and include tax.  Partial-day tickets are also available! After – 2 pm and After – 4 pm tickets, which are exclusive to the meetings market and ASHA! Tickets offer pre-arrival savings of 10% on Full-Multi-Day (2 days or longer) Tickets and include a complimentary bonus visit to an additional Disney Experience at any one of the following (additional site details can be found here):

  • WDW Special Ticket Offers (MK_Vertical)Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland or Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Courses (before 4 p.m.)
  • A round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course

These partial-day and multi-day tickets are not available for purchase at the Theme Park Ticket Windows, and must be bought via this website.

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Sponsors & Exhibits

Don’t miss your chance to sponsor the 2015 Annual School Health Conference.  View the ASHA sponsorship prospectus to learn more about these opportunities and email Trish Smith to customize your sponsorship today.

Thank you to our generous 2015 Annual Conference Sponsors


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