School Health Matters is a new umbrella for two established conferences, the Head to Toe Conference (since 1994) and the School Health Education Institute (since 2005) as well as several other school health-related events supported by the New Mexico Department of Health, Office of School and Adolescent Health and the New Mexico Public Education Department, School and Family Support Bureau.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8: Intensives (8:30 – 4:00 PM)
This first day offered half and full-day sessions for attendees to engage deeply within a specific subject matter as well as invitation-only sessions for various cohorts. Workshops include a QPR Gatekeeper Instructor Certification Course, Transgender Cultural Fluency Training, a New School Nurse Training, and an introduction to School Behavioral Threat Assessments.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9: School Health Matters (8:30 – 3:00 PM)
We welcomed our opening keynote, Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Expert Advisor for the Center for Children and Youth, Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Founding Director of the Center for Parent and Teen Communication who will provide. Attendees then selected from a variety of workshops including updates on the most current guidelines and efforts at DOH and PED, and breakout sessions focusing specifically on pandemic-related topics such as immunization, testing, school environment, and wellness. We closed with our keynote speaker Chandra McPherson-Gibbs, Chief of Staff at the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, who reminds us that it is OK to “Take the Cape Off.”
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10: School Health Matters (8:30 – 3:30 PM)
This day offered a variety of workshops that will address some of the top challenges facing student health and safety including cyberbullying, safe school plans, youth engagement, Covid Testing, afterschool programs, and behavioral health services. We hosted a keynote presentation that brings together an expert panel to address health equity and inclusion.
2020 Virtual School Health Education Institute SHEI
The keynote addresses and presentations from this year’s 2020 School Health Education Institute are now available on the SHEI 2020 Library. If you attended the conference, the videos will be immediately available. If you did not attend the conference simply register here then follow the directions in the email that will be sent to access the content.
2019 School Health Education Institute (SHEI)
Thank you for all who attended the 2019 SHEI. The commitment to your students was evident as you attended the various sessions regarding the Healthy Schools Grant partners, Expecting and Parenting Teens GRADS, Migrant, Foster Care and Homeless Student and Social and Emotional Learning. Resources from the institute follow:
Office of School and Adolescent Health, DOH