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School health programs and school nurses collaboratively promote the connection between health and academic achievement. Practitioners incorporate health education as a learning support to engage in the comprehensive school improvement plan by addressing identified student needs, cultural needs, resources, professional development, and occupational needs of school personnel to address a safe school environment. Professional development and resources are available for school nurses and school personnel to utilize throughout the school year.
Interactive Adolescent Health Tool and Webinars
In September 2015, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) launched a webinar series for school nurses for the 2015-2016 school calendar year. An interactive tool was created that focuses on 12 "upstream" indicators related to adolescent health that can positively affect health outcomes later in life called the "Life Course Application." The tool provides Iowa data as it compares to the national average, talking points that can help a school nurse engage in conversation with a student and provide supplemental information such as current trends and links to resources for more detailed information. Please read the directions and helpful tips for use on the main page prior to using the tool.
To supplement the interactive tool, IDPH partnered with the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa School Nurse Organization (ISNO) to offer a monthly webinar to provide Iowa specific data and resources for adolescent health topics and to discuss the implications and strategies for school nurses to address these issues. Each topic provides a closer in-depth look at the corresponding indicators included on the interactive tool. Continuing Education Units were offered for each webinar opportunity through a co-partnership with ISNO. All the webinars were recorded and are available for viewing below. **NOTE: CEUs are NOT offered for those watching the recorded webinars.
Childhood Screening and HPV Immunization
The first webinar was held on September 29, 2015 and focused on childhood screening, more specifically adolescent well visits, and information and trends regarding HPV immunizations in adolescents and young adults. Presenters: Analisa Pearson [IDPH], Kelli Smith [IDPH], and Melissa Walker [IDOE]
Bullying and Depression
The second webinar was held on October 20, 2015 and focused on bullying and depression, including information and resources for adolescents. Presenters: Alan Heisterkamp [UNI], Melissa Walker [IDOE]
The third webinar was held on November 17, 2015 and focused on tobacco use, including information and resources for adolescents, and discussed popular tobacco products marketed to the adolescent population. Presenters: Robbyn Duchow [IDPH], Melissa Walker [IDOE]
The fourth webinar was held on December 15, 2015 and focused on oral health and included resources and information specific to nurses working with adolescents. Presenters: Stephanie Chickering [IDPH], Melissa Walker [IDOE]
Illicit Drug Use
The fifth webinar was held on January 19, 2016 and focused on the latest data on emerging drug abuse trends among adolescents. Presenters: Linda Kalin, RN, BS, CSPI [Iowa Poison Control Center], Melissa Walker, RN [IDOE]
Violence and Abuse
The sixth webinar was held February 16, 2016 and focused on resources and the latest data regarding violence and abuse with adolescents. Presenters: Binnie LeHew [IDPH], Melissa Walker [IDOE]
Physical Activity and Obesity
The seventh webinar was held March 15, 2016 focusing on resources and the latest data on physical activity and obesity with adolescents. Presenters: Carrie Scheidel [IDOE], Patti Delger [IDOE] and Melissa Walker [IDOE] The seventh webinar was held March 15, 2016 focusing on resources and the latest data on physical activity and obesity with adolescents.
The eighth webinar was held April 25, 2016 and focused on resources and the latest data regarding alcohol use with adolescents. Presenters: Julie Hibbin [IDPH], Melissa Walker [IDOE]
Health Students, Promising Futures: The Unites States Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services released a letter and toolkit to renew their commitment to support quality healthcare and education for every child. The toolkit provides state and local action steps for practices and resources to improve school health utilizing 5 high impact opportunities.
The department provides examples of age-appropriate and research-based materials and resources which schools and school districts may utilize their human growth and development curricula regarding sexual exploitation by means of the Internet, health and wellness literacy, sexually transmitted diseases (including HPV), and human sexuality as part of the health literacy (21st century skills) in Iowa Core . The list of examples is not intended to represent an exhaustive list and will be reviewed/updated on an annual basis. The list addresses Iowa Code section 279.50, Iowa Code section 256.11, and Iowa Code section 256.9 to develop and make available to school districts, resource-based materials and resources.
The purpose of the Healthy Kids Act is to establish physical activity requirements for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and to establish nutritional content standards for food and beverages sold on or provided on school grounds during the school day.
Provides resources and contacts from the department to develop, support and guide cross-agency implementation of a state-level, comprehensive and integrated system for families, schools and communities to support all learners and students.
Healthy kids learn better. Physical activity can help students be healthier but more and more research is showing that physical activity may also impact academic achievement.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] synthesized research and best practices to promote healthy eating and physical activity in schools, culminating in 9 guidelines. The guidelines serve as a foundation for developing, implementing, and evaluating school based healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices for students. The “Home and School Connection” Newsletters can be disseminated to students, staff, and parents as a resource tool to improve health and wellness within the school, home, and community.
School Health Guidelines Newsletters:
- School Health Guidelines Introduction Letter
- August School and Home Connection Letters
- September School and Home Connection Letters
- October School and Home Connection Letters
- November School and Home Connection Letters
- December School and Home Connection Letters
- January School and Home Connection Letters
- February School and Home Connection Letters
- March School and Home Connection Newsletters
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires each local educational agency participating in the National School Lunch Program or other federal Child Nutrition programs to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools under its jurisdiction. Each local education agency must designate one or more local education agency officials or school officials to ensure that each school complies with the local wellness policy.