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 Presentations and Handouts

You can access conference presentations and handouts here.

Conference Registration

The Registration deadline for the conference has been extended! The deadline to register is October 1st. ASHA will attempt to honor any requests for accommodation, such as special dietary needs; however, accommodation requests received within one month of the event date cannot be guaranteed. PDF Registration Form

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.

ASHA will accept cancellations and provide a refund of 50 percent of the total fee paid up to one-month before the first day of the event. Refunds may not be processed until after the event. No refunds will be provided within one month of the start of the event. This applies to individuals, sponsors, and exhibitors. ASHA is unable to accept telephone or verbal cancellations. All requests for cancellation must be submitted by email sent to the ASHA national office.

Any registered individual who is unable to attend the event may transfer their paid registration to another individual at no additional charge at any time after the registration is received, up to and including transfers occurring onsite. ASHA will attempt to honor any requests for accommodation, such as special dietary needs made by the recipient of the transfer; however, accommodation requests received within one month of the event date cannot be guaranteed.

ASHA Photography Policy
By attending ASHA’s Annual Conference, you acknowledge that photographs and/or videos of you may be taken by our conference staff and/or photographers at any time. Furthermore, you grant the American School Health Association (ASHA) permission to use photographs and/or video of your likeness in any type of media, including websites and print publications, without compensation or reward.

Conference Details

ASHA’s 2018 Annual Conference offers over 80 oral presentations covering a variety of school health-related content. Between the keynotespre-conference, 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.

Continuing Education
ASHA is offering Continuing Education through NCHEC, NAPNAP, and IC&RC.  Click here to print a CE tracking sheet to record your sessions.


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.

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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