2016 School Health Conference

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Save the Date – 2017 Conference

ASHA will be hosting our 2017 Conference in St. Louis, Missouri from October 11-13th!

Thank You!

Thank you to all presenters, sponsors & exhibitors, attendees, and volunteers who made 2016 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.

All information below is related to the 2016 conference


Online registration has closed. Onsite registrations accepted, please download the fillable PDF and bring it with you onsite. Prices are listed on the 2nd page of the PDF. Onsite registrations will be accepted at the regular fee rates.

Conference Details

ASHA’s 2016 School Health conference taking place at Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland from October 6-8 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.

Registration is now open. The detailed schedule can be viewed here. ASHA’s new conference app will replace the onsite program book and ASHA will email registrants when the app is ready to be downloaded (Android & iOS). Condensed program brochures will be provided onsite.


Deborah S. Delisle

We are excited to announce that ASCD’s executive director and CEO, Deborah S. Delisle, will serve as the opening keynote speaker for ASHA’s 2016 Annual Conference. Deb’s 40 year career in education includes service as a teacher, gifted education specialist, curriculum director, elementary school principal, district associate superintendent, superintendent, state superintendent, and university instructor. She was nominated as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education by President Obama in January 2012, confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27, 2012, and served in that position until 2015. As an assistant secretary of education, she played a pivotal role in policy and management issues affecting PreK, elementary, and secondary education for the U.S. Department of Education and oversaw 86 programs with a portfolio of almost 26 billion dollars. Delisle coordinated and recommended policy for programs designed to assist state and local education agencies in improving the achievement of preschool, elementary, and secondary school students.

The Whole Child is Calling

The demands of the 21st century require a new approach to education to fully prepare students for college, career, and citizenship. Research, practice, and common sense confirm that a whole child approach to education will develop and prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow by addressing students’ comprehensive needs through the shared responsibility of students, families, schools, and communities. A focus on the whole child across sectors, across districts and agencies is required to ensure that the needs of each child at the center. It is neither adequate for health services to solely focus on disease intervention just as it is no longer adequate for educators to focus on academics only. The whole child is calling and we must answer that call.

Erin Gruwell

Erin Gruwell

Delisle joins Erin Gruwell as the two featured speakers for the 2016 ASHA Annual Conference. Erin Gruwell will serve as one of our featured speakers for the American School Health Association’s (ASHA) 2016 Annual Conference. Presenting the topic, “Becoming a Catalyst for Change to Transform Schools” on the morning of Saturday, October 8th, Erin has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education. Her impact as a change agent attracted Hollywood’s attention, and in 2007, Paramount Pictures released Freedom Writers, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as Erin. The film is based on The Freedom Writers Diary, the New York Times bestseller that chronicled Erin’s extraordinary journey with her 150 high school students who dubbed themselves the “Freedom Writers” in homage to Civil Rights activists the Freedom Riders.

By fostering an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, she transformed her students’ lives. She encouraged them to re-think rigid beliefs about themselves and others, reconsider their own daily decisions, and ultimately, re-chart their future. With Gruwell’s support, they chose to forego teenage pregnancy, drugs, and violence in order to become aspiring college students, published writers, and citizens for change.

She challenged her students to overcome the seemingly insurmountable problems of poverty, racism, and violence. Encouraging tolerance, respect, and cooperation, Gruwell teaches us all how we can become role models and Catalysts for Change to Transform Schools.

Conference Schedule Overview

Click here to see the current conference schedule.

The ASHA conference will officially begin on Thursday, October 6 at 1pm with special afternoon forums focused on advocacy, research and emerging issues, and teaching strategies. Sip and Stroll Poster sessions will take place on Thursday evening from 5pm-7pm.

However, for travel planning purposes, there are several events taking place earlier. Advocates for Youth’s 2-day training of trainers (TOT) for Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3R’s), a free K-12 sexuality education curriculum fully mapped to the National Sexuality Education Standards will take place from October 5th through 6th. On October 6th from 9am to noon, ASHA is also offering two engaging and interactive pre-conference sessions titled Engaging Parents to Promote Healthy Schools and All About Those Skills: Making the Transition to a Skills-Based Approach to Health Education held on Thursday morning. Details on those three events and their additional fees are provided further below.

Friday’s schedule includes breakfast, a variety of workshops over five tracks throughout the day, a keynote session, 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’s schedule includes breakfast, a keynote session, and breakout sessions over four tracks. The conference will conclude around noon leaving time for you to sightsee and travel.

Pre-Conference Events & Sessions

Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3R’s) Training of Trainers (SOLD OUT)

On Wednesday, October 5 through October 6, Advocates for Youth is offering a 2-day training of trainers (TOT) for Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3R’s), a free K-12 sexuality education curriculum fully mapped to the National Sexuality Education Standards. Read more about this TOT (PDF). Led by Nora Gelperin, MEd, and Elizabeth Schroeder, EdD, MSW, this training is targeted for professionals who facilitate training for school and community based educators who in turn, implement sexual health education.

Pre-approval is required for this training, submit your PDF registration form to info@ashaweb.org to be registered . Thanks to the support from private foundation funding, registration for this training is only $50 and includes lunch and snacks. Hotel sleeping rooms are available at ASHA rates. (SOLD OUT)

ASHA Pre-conference Workshops

On Thursday, October 6th from 9am to noon, ASHA will be offering 2 pre-conference workshops for an additional cost of $55.

Precon A:  Engaging Parents to Promote Healthy Schools – Presented by Shannon Michael, Sarah Lee, Caitlin Merlo, Zanie Leroy, and Sarah Sliwa from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Partnerships between schools and parents can improve the health and learning of students. Parents for Healthy Schools is a set of resources used to motivate and educate parents to help create healthy school environments. Participants will learn how to use these resources to educate parents about school nutrition, physical activity, and chronic health conditions; provide them with practical strategies and actions to improve these areas; and document the progress parents are making in the school. 30% lectured and 70% interactive.

Precon B: All About Those Skills: Making the Transition to a Skills-Based Approach to Health Education – Presented by Holly Alperin, EdM, MCHES and Sarah Benes, EdD, CHES

Health educators can support students in one of the most critical and meaningful ways – by helping them develop the skills they need to be healthy for a lifetime. This workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills they need to implement a skills-based approach to health education in their settings. After this session, participants will be able to transition (or begin to transition) to a skills-based approach to health education which is aligned with best practices and is evidence informed. If you are ready to add skills into your health education program – this session is for you!

Registration for pre-conference workshops will be available through the conference registration.

ASHA Forums

Also on Thursday, October 6, ASHA conference will officially kick off starting at 1 PM through 4 PM with special afternoon forums focused on Advocacy; Research and Emerging Issues; and Teaching and Learning. Your conference registration allows you to attend one of the three forums and you can specify which forum you’re interested in attending.

“Sip and Stroll” Poster Sessions

Thursday, October 6th 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm.  Stroll the hall and visit with the presenters and authors of over 50 diverse posters. Posters will be clustered by topic and easily found with our poster roadmap tool that will be provided to all attendees. A cash bar will be available. Click here to view the poster presentation lineup.

Networking Dinners – Thursday, October 6

Thursday, October 6th 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 that’s a short walk from the conference 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!

Sponsors & Exhibits

Don’t miss your chance to sponsor the 2016 Annual School Health Conference!  View the ASHA sponsorship prospectus to learn more about these opportunities and email Erin Price to customize your sponsorship today.

Thank you to our generous 2016 Annual Conference Sponsors

Awards Luncheon

The American School Health Association annually honors leaders in school health and hosts a luncheon in their honor. Recipients are recognized for outstanding accomplishments in school health or for service to ASHA and their profession. ASHA thanks Wiley for sponsoring 2016’s luncheon.


Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 E Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

The special ASHA sleeping room rate of $189.00 per night is available October 4-8, based on availability. Reserve your room online or call 1-877-212-5752 mentioning American School Health Association before they sell out or close on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ 6:00pm ET.

Transportation: Nearest airport is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) which is 8 miles from the conference hotel. Estimated taxi fare is about $30 (one way). Alternately, you can book a shared Super Shuttle for about $13 (one way). The conference hotel does not offer shuttle service. If driving, the hotel offers on-site parking at $30 per day.