Online Program

Strengthening Policy Collaboration between Health and Education Sectors for Healthy Youth

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 11:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Susan Goekler, PhD, MCHES, Directors of Health Promotion and Education, Washington, DC
M. Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES, Society for Public Health Education, Washington, DC
Incorporating health in all policies will require more deliberate collaboration between diverse sectors.  In 2000, several national organizations with an interest in school health joined forces with education groups to create an advocacy group called the Friends of School Health that supported a Congressional caucus lead by Reps. Lois Capps RN (CA-D) and Connie Morella (MD-R).  FOSH was a non-partisan coalition that helped educate opinion leaders and decision-makers about the nature and value of various school health policies and programs.  In 2012, this partnership evolved into the Student Health Advocacy Coalition (SHAC).  Now more than 30 national organizations (NGOs) cooperate to sponsor Congressional briefings, news conferences, and other education events that help opinion leaders and decision makers understand the nature and value of various coordinated school health programs for our nation’s children and youth.  SHAC’s education and health NGO representatives also regularly educate legislators and other policymakers about key school health issues through individual visits to Congressional and administrative (such as OMB) offices.  SHAC members often include the executive director, government relations staff, or legislative staff of participating NGOs.  SHAC thus serves as a vital education and health partnership to improve both education and health outcomes in our democratic society. This session will provide information and perspectives about some current federal legislative opportunities related to school health, share learnings about the legislative process, describe a recent congressional briefing introducing the whole child model, and describe lessons learned in improving the collaboration between education and health sectors.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify a range of organizational types to include in a school health advocacy coalition, Identify advocacy issues related to school health, and Describe national school health advocacy opportunities for 2015.

Keyword(s): Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was a founding member of the Friends of School Health, have been with SHAC since its inception, and have been actively engaged in school health advocacy work for over a decade. Currently I serve as the SHES representative to APHA's Action Board and serve on its Advocacy Committee.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.