National Consensus on School Health Education Update

October 7, 2021 – Atlanta – Led by the American School Health Association, Eta Sigma Gamma national health education honorary society, Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Society for Public Health Education, and Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, the National Consensus on School Health Education is pleased to share the progress of its nationwide effort to develop resources for educators interested in quality school health education as a component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.

New National Partner

We are pleased to welcome the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) as a Management Group partner. As a national partner, NCHEC has representation in each group of the initiative.

New Technical Advisor

Dr. Leigh Szucs, health scientist, CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health, agreed to serve as a technical advisor and ex-officio member of the Expert Review Group. We welcome Dr. Szucs and look forward to her contributions.

Initiative Updates

The Management Group, with representatives (presidents and executive directors) from each of the six organizations, shares collaborative decision making on all aspects of the initiative. The Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education serves as the convening organization.

The Development Group (see the June 14 release) comprises a diverse group of experts in school health education. This group has met twice to move forward with their process to draft products that focus on what students and out-of-school youth need to know and be able to do to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle and to succeed in school. Products of the initiative will be open access to the field.

New members:

  • Felipe Beltran, health education teacher, Albuquerque Public Schools (New Mexico)
  • Bridget Cross, teacher, Iberville Parish Schools, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (representing NCHEC)
  • Dr. Emily Frank, director of Health Education Partnerships, Oakland Center for Science, Education, and Outreach and Health Teacher, Life Academy Oakland, California and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health

The Expert Review Group (see the July 2 release), which currently includes over 45 members with expertise in school health education and related fields. Members include classroom teachers, local school district- and state-level health education directors, curriculum developers, teacher educators, and researchers and additional experts in the field. These experts will provide comments to the Development Group as their work progresses and may also consult occasionally with the group.

New members:

  • Dr. Melissa Boguslawski, manager, Project Healthy Schools, University of Michigan
  • Charley Daniel, school health manager, Tulsa, Oklahoma Health Department
  • Jordan Fuhrmeister, associate project director, Society for Public Health Education
  • Radha Pennotti, policy and strategy senior associate, PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Duncan Van Dusen, CEO, CATCH Global Foundation, Texas
  • Katherine Wilbur, national health education and policy manager, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
  • Jamie Williams, teaching instructor, Department of Health Education and Promotion, East Carolina University, North Carolina; representing NCHEC

Additional review processes include a comment period for a variety of experts in the fields of education, health, and related professions and a period for public comment.

All work is accomplished under the Code of Ethics for the Health Education Profession.

The National Consensus on School Health Education is designed to be collaborative and inclusive. Organizations and individuals with a role in health education are invited to participate. For more information, please contact Dr. William Potts-Datema, FAHE President, at pottsdatema@gmail.com or Dr. Keely Rees, Eta Sigma Gamma President, at krees@uwlax.edu.

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