Author Archives: Nirja Shah

December 17, 2023

Championing Healthy Futures

Powerful learning experiences often happen outside of the school day. The Education Development Center (EDC) builds, implements, and evaluates out-of-school and nonformal programs that deliver core civic, educational, and life skills to young people in diverse environments. EDC’s support for out-of-school time (OST) and informal learning leverages children’s and…

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December 16, 2023

E-Cigarettes Infographic for Community Action

In its newest installment of the “What’s Trending?” infographic series, CADCA developed an infographic on e-cigarettes. Use this infographic to equip your team, engage your community members, and inform the broader public about the dynamic landscape of e-cigarette trends. Download the infographic What’s Trending: E-Cigarettes | CADCA.

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December 15, 2023

Build-Your-Own SCD School Binder

Sickle Cell Disease Coalition (SCDC) has released a new toolkit that provides more information and can provide the necessary tools that School Health Services needs. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited, chronic blood disorder that can lead to complex complications for individuals born with the disease. SCD complications often…

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December 9, 2023

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)

The education, public health, and school health sectors have each called for greater alignment that includes integration and collaboration between education leaders and health sectors to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Public health and education serve the same children, often in the same settings. The Whole…

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December 9, 2023

Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools

Schools are prioritizing students’ mental health, and there are many tools and resources to choose from. CDC created this action guide as a place to start. It can help school and district leaders build on what they are already doing to promote students’ mental health and find new strategies to…

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December 8, 2023

Vaccine Rates Remain Down, Exemptions Are Up. What It Means for Schools

CDC released numbers last week showing national rates of certain required vaccinations for kindergartners at around 93 percent, remaining below pre-pandemic levels, and increasing exemptions. In a recent Education Week article, Lynn Nelson, president-elect of NASN, said, “It’s going to impact attendance in schools and set up…

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December 8, 2023

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes

CDC is concerned about this outbreak because the illnesses are severe and people in long-term care facilities and childcare centers have gotten sick. Do not eat pre-cut cantaloupes if you don’t know whether Malichita or Rudy brand cantaloupes were used. Illnesses: 230   (113 new) Hospitalizations: 96   (35 new) Deaths: 3…

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We’ve had such tremendous growth in the building of connections to really support the whole child, getting all aspects of the school district on the same page, and having that common model to support every child.
Amy Ruzicka Bayless Schools Superintendent Discusses Bayless Schools 5-year journey leading to growth in school and staff wellness initiatives, incorporating the WSCC model, and expansion in after-school activities.