We do not plan to cancel our conference, The Power of Partnership: Healthy & Safe Schools. We understand that much of the state is predicted to have some type of winter precipitation, the amounts vary and currently the lake area is expecting one-two inches of snow Thursday night. We know this may not be true for your area and that attending may present a safety concern for you. Should you decide not to attend, please email, text or call Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-216-4281. While we will not offer a registration refund, we will apply your registration fee to next year's conference registration. In the event you have a colleague willing to travel, you may send someone in your place. Again, please alert Janet to the change.
Additionally, we will accept registrations for the pre-conference sessions on Thursday if you want to come in earlier while the roads are dry and catch an additional workshop. There is a $50 charge for half-day or $75 for the full day.
In the event you decide not to come, please call the Lodge of the Four Seasons at 1-888-265-5500 or 573-365-3000 to cancel your room reservation. Please be aware the cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to check in date to avoid a one night charge.
The Power of Partnership: Healthy & Safe Schools
Pre-Conference December 5, 2013 • Conference December 6 & 7
Lodge of Four Seasons Resort
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The Missouri Coordinated School Health Coalition will host a conference and hold a conversation on what’s hurting our kids and what we can do about it. Come learn with national experts about suicide prevention, chronic diseases, dating violence, bullying, distracted driving and much more. Get to know more about local resources such as the Missouri Safe Kids Coalition, and the Center for Education Safety. Plan to attend the viewing of the nationally acclaimed movie “Bully” on Thursday evening.
What’s Hurting Our Kids: An Overview of the Health of Missouri Youth
Janet Wilson, Med, MPA, is employed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Epidemiology where she manages surveys including the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and previously the Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS). Additionally, she assists the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) with reporting results from the School Health Profile survey of secondary school health policies and practices. Prior to moving into surveillance and evaluation work, Janet spent over 20 years in prevention education. She was the Chief of the DHSS Health Promotion Bureau where she directed the state’s tobacco and obesity prevention and control programs. She was previously the HIV prevention education supervisor for DESE, and the health and physical education program consultant for the Kansas State Board of Education.
Harnessing the Power of Prevention: Confronting Childhood injury with Collaboration, Culture, and Data
Nancy L. Weaver, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education at the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University. She is currently leading several injury prevention projects, including developing empirical models for disseminating evidence-based injury prevention programs in U.S. children’s hospitals, and also to integrate these programs with home visitation efforts. Dr. Weaver is an investigator with the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she serves as co-director of the education team and principal investigator of Rise Up, a program that delivers tailored communications to parents of young children to promote positive parenting behaviors. Dr. Weaver has extensive expertise combining qualitative and quantitative methods, developing measurement tools and providing technical and training assistance to public health practitioners. Her work is largely multidisciplinary and involves partnerships with state and national agencies, community organizations and various academic disciplines. Dr. Weaver teaches in the areas of research methods and evaluation, biostatistics, health education, health communication and public health approaches to pediatric injury and violence.
Why School-Based Youth Suicide Prevention is More Important than Ever
Maureen Underwood is a licensed clinical social worker, certified group psychotherapist and a nationally recognized expert on youth suicide prevention, with focus on schools and best-practice programs that enhance overall student outcomes. She is co-developer of LIFELINES: A Suicide Prevention Program, LIFELINES Postvention and LIFELINES Intervention, all published by Hazelden publications. Since 1987 Underwood has been engaged in addressing cluster suicide among youth populations. In this work she has applied the latest research on youth suicide contagion, along with containment recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop practical protocols, policies and programs that are grounded in best practice, yet fully relevant to implementing in school settings. Underwood has more than 30 years experience in mental health and crisis intervention. She has developed numerous programs and published extensively on these and other related topics. Underwood has initiated collaborative relationships between mental health and educational systems during her tenure from 1985 to 2000 as coordinator of a state adolescent suicide prevention project. She authored the National Association of Social Work’s policy statement on adolescent suicide, and was a charter member of her state’s Governor’s Council on Youth Suicide Prevention.
HEALTHY SNACKS…Beyond the cafeteria
Jill R. Turley, MS, RD/LD, SNS is a National Nutrition Advisor for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. She provides strategic input and direction in the area of nutrition across the organization’s various initiatives, including the Healthy Schools Program and Healthy Out-of-School Time initiative. She provides technical assistance to out-of-school time sites in the area of healthy eating, as well as to schools participating in the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program in the areas of School Meals and Competitive Foods and Beverages. Jill previously served as the Program Manager in Oklahoma, where she helped guide both school and district level staff in creating healthier school environments. She provided hands-on technical assistance to schools to help them achieve their nutrition and physical activity goals for their campuses. Prior to joining the Alliance, Jill was the dietitian for the education sales channel at AdvancePierre Foods, where she assisted in the development of programs and products to help school foodservice directors meet the demand for better options for school meals. She also co-developed two employee weight loss programs while at AdvancePierre.
Karen Cooper, Program Manager for Missouri with the The Healthy Schools Program works to create healthier environments for students and staff. The Healthy Schools Program is a part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization that focuses on reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity. As the Program Manager for Missouri, Karen Cooper guides schools through a process that includes assessing their campus and creating a plan to achieve their school’s wellness goals. As a result, the school will have access to amazing supports and resources to get students and staff eating better and moving more.
Welcome to MCSHC
The Missouri Coordinated School Health Coalition (MCSHC) is a collaborative of organizations and individuals whose primary responsibility is to assist schools in their student health and wellness initiatives. The coalition does this by promoting the use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coordinated school health model. This model focuses on improving students’ health and their capacity to learn through families, schools, and communities working together. The model consists of eight interactive components that develop and emphasize health-related knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors. Schools work within the family and community structure to ensure optimal health and wellness for children.