2019 School Health Conference

ASHA’s 2019 School Health conference took place at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati, OH October 2-4. Thank you to all who attended, presented, and exhibited! For those who attended, our evaluation is currently open. You may fill out the evaluation here.

Conference Overview & Schedule

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 Schedule
The 2019 Conference Schedule is now available! Click here to view it. The schedule is subject to change. Please refer back to it for current offerings.

Continuing Education
ASHA is offering Continuing Education through NCHEC and NAPNAP. General Contact Hours will also be available.  ASHA members receive free CEs for the conference. Non-members can purchase CEs hereClick here to print a CE tracking sheet to record your sessions.

Mobile App
Download the ASHA Mobile App to get the most out of the 2019 Annual Conference. Don’t want to carry your on-site program all day? No problem! The ASHA Annual Conference materials, schedule, speaker info, floor plans, special events and more are available in the palm of your hand. Check the announcements page for updates and reminders for upcoming events. Create your own schedule and interact with fellow attendees via Twitter.

Two easy ways to get the FREE official conference app:
1. SEARCH ASHA 2019 in the Apple or Google Play Store
2. VISIT http://m.xcdsystem.com/ASHA3 on your Apple or Android
for a download link.

Blackberry and Windows Users:
The Mobile Browser Program allows Blackberry and Windows users to view the event and mobile app content. The event can be viewed in any web or mobile browser using this URL. Access the conference schedule, supplemental materials, and speaker biographies.

Justification Letter
Make the case to attend the School Health Conference! Use this Justification Letter Template to help explain and justify conference attendance to your boss.

ASHA Gives Back!
ASHA Gives Back is a service initiative in the conference host city that was launched by former ASHA President, Linda Morse. In the past, there have been school supply drives for local students and a blood drive. At our 2019 Conference in Cincinnati, ASHA will ask members and sponsors to donate hygiene products to be delivered to students at a local school-based health center. As you pack for Cincinnati, please consider bringing hygiene products such as shampoo, conditioner, soaps, tooth brush, toothpaste, deodorant, and feminine hygiene products to contribute.


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. You may register online or mail in a PDF form to the address at the bottom of the form.Those wishing to register as a non-member student must register via PDF and email/mail proof of enrollment for current academic term in order to receive the discounted rate.

ASHA Event Registration, Cancellation, and Refund Policy

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
151 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45202

ASHA has negotiated a special discounted sleeping room rate of $164.00 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees, available for the nights of Monday, September 30th – Saturday, October 5th for conference attendees at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Cincinnati.

How to Book
To ensure that you are getting the best rate, please reserve your room using the unique online reservation system. The special discounted room rate is available until September 9, 2019, or until the block is filled.

Beware of Hotel Piracy
We have been informed that a company called Elegant Housing LLC is soliciting ASHA members and exhibitors and offering discounted hotel rates at various venues in Cincinnati during our 2019 conference.  Please be aware that this company is not authorized by the ASHA to solicit our members or exhibitors. ASHA does not give out registrant or exhibitor contact lists.

Unfortunately, in the meetings industry there are cases of travel companies that are fraudulent; misleading attendees and exhibitors with false information and rates, and even booking rooms that do not exist. If you are contacted by a company trying to sell hotel rooms, please use caution.

We have negotiated a very good rate at the Hyatt; and staying at the host hotel is really the best option for having a positive conference experience.  The safest way to make your hotel room reservation is to do so through the online reservation system.

Pre-Conference Sessions
Looking for a way to maximize your attendance at ASHA’s 93rd annual school health conference? Consider a pre-conference session! There are a variety of options. Take a look and sign up for the pre-conference session that will put a cherry on top of the conference.
For those of you that may not be able to attend the full conference, a pre-conference session may be right for you. There are affordable options that allow you to dig deeper into a topic, but they’ll only have you out of the office for a half day.

Pre-Conference Sessions require additional registration from the conference. 

Interact for Health Sponsored Field Trip to a Local School-Based Health Center

ASHA is pleased to partner with Interact for Health on this special pre-conference field trip to a local school-based health center. The generous support provided by Interact for Health allows ASHA to waive the registration fee. Transportation and refreshments will also be provided at no-cost to participants. However, registration is required in order to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

A School-Based Health Center (SBHC) is a collaborative relationship between a school or district and a health partner to provide comprehensive primary care and other health services to students. This session will allow attendees to tour one of the newest comprehensive SBHCs in the Cincinnati area.  The Academy of World Languages expanded their SBHC in 2018 to offer medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health services on the school campus to both the school students and their families in the surrounding community.

Interact for Health has been funding, coordinating, and supporting SBHCs for 20 years. After touring the center, the group will review the research-based benefits of school-based health and hear stories of positive outcomes for students and families. This will be followed by an outline of the steps toward planning a school-based health center.


Building Capacity and Strengthening School Health Teams: A Series of Training Modules for States and Districts
A series of training modules were created to support states and districts in facilitating the implementation or enhancement of the School Health Team infrastructure. This series of training modules will focus on building capacity within schools to support student health and learning.

School Health Teams (SHTs) are critical for improving the integration of health and learning at the local level. State Education Agencies (SEAs) and districts will be able to use this module training approach to provide personalized professional development at their school level based on the needs of their schools. These modules will serve as a practical tool for creating an action plan and providing evidence of impact, address some of the gaps in current school health promotion resources, and include recommendations by CDC, ASCD and other health and education experts.

The modules were informed by researchers and practitioners in the education and health fields, and include basic information on why SHTs are important, how to secure buy-in, roles and responsibilities of the SHT coordinator and team, and how to get started. The modules will also explore more advanced strategies such as using the School Health Index and other data sources to inform work; securing school, parent, and community support to improve health programming, policies, and practices; communicating results; engaging youth; and maintaining and sustaining successful SHTs will also be included.


Putting the Evidence in “Evidence-Based”: How to Use the Research to Support and Advocate for School Health
Learn, refresh, and practice skills to find and translate research into practice. This workshop will focus on how to use school health research to convince stakeholders to put into place what we know is important; and to implement practices that will have a positive impact on youth.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. apply the principles of evidence-based practice in selecting and/or designing school health strategies and interventions
  2. feel more comfortable analyzing and synthesizing information found in the literature
  3. identify evidence to justify programs and interventions in school health
  4. create a rationale to gain or maintain support for school health
  5. Use evidence-based findings in policy analysis
Thursday October 3rd

One Mission, One Mile: Innovation in Inclusion and Diversity

Presented by Dr. Bahby Banks, CEO of Pillar Consulting, a global program evaluation research firm. In her role, Dr. Banks partners with non-profit, academic, corporate, and philanthropic organizations to provide consultation on the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of their efforts. A scholar-activist committed to equity and inclusion, Dr. Banks actively engages leaders in strategic thought and action to create and sustain diverse workplaces.  Under Dr. Banks’ leadership, Pillar Consulting has spearheaded efforts funded by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, DuPont Foundation, and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. 

School health professionals are uniquely positioned to change the lives of their students, fellow school health professionals and the broader community.  As the demographics of communities we serve continue to shift, so should our commitment to practices and policies that foster environments where students can succeed and thrive.  Join Dr. Bahby Banks as she offers conference attendees strategies to create diverse and inclusive policies, practices and, of course, people.  Come prepared to elevate and challenge your thinking as you learn five “Cs” to spark action and accountability in our communities.  Don’t miss this exciting keynote session!

Friday October 4th

What’s in your toolkit? Strategies to promote social-emotional health for today’s diverse youth

Presented by Dr. Nekeshia Hammond, the former President of the Florida Psychological Association and the host of BWE Mental Health Moment. Dr. Hammond is a renowned speaker, best-selling author, and psychologist. She is also the owner of Hammond Psychology & Associates, and she has enjoyed traveling the country speaking to groups about mental health issues. As an advocate for mental health services, especially for youth and families, she’s authored the book The Practical Guide to Raising Emotionally Healthy Children and the Amazon International Best Seller: ADHD Explained: What Every Parent Needs to Know.

Social-emotional health is vital for the success of our students in school and into their later adulthood years. Research illustrates increased bullying for peers of diverse backgrounds, contributing to a difficult academic environment for some youth. This presentation will focus on approaches to enhance the social-emotional health of youth, especially with youth of diverse backgrounds.

Conference Sponsorship & Exhibition
The 2019 Annual American School Health Conference in Cincinnati will attract approximately 400 school health professionals from across the nation to network and discuss current school health issues and trends, research findings and innovative teaching techniques.

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Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts has closed. Thank you to all who submitted.