The Arkansas Department of Education’s Office of School Health
Services will host the 2017 Biennial School Health Conference on July 11-13, at
the Benton Event Center located at 17322 I-30 in Benton, Arkansas. This year’s
theme is It Takes A Village: Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child. This
event brings together stakeholders committed to providing quality professional
development to school administrators, health and physical education teachers,
school nurses and other school/community staff who serve students from early
childhood through grade 12.
The Office of School Health Services is pleased to offer two
half-day and two full-day pre-conference sessions included in the registration
fee in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Medicaid in
the Schools (ArMITS), the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension and the
ADE School-based Mental Health Program. The pre-conference session options
include safeTALK Suicide Prevention (3 hours), ArMITS: Tools for Navigating
Medicaid (6 hours), Engaged & Focused: Incorporating Physical Activity in
Schools (6 hours), and the Transformation of Mental Health and Behavioral
Health (3 hours).
Plenary sessions include a keynote delivery from Mr. Sean Slade, Senior
Director of Global Outreach at ASCD. Mr. Slade will discuss topics related to
promoting a healthy school climate, connectedness, resilience, and a youth
development focus for school improvement. Dr. Alan Mease, MD, the Medical
Director for Child Health for the Arkansas Department of Health, will discuss
adverse childhood (ACE) experiences and the effects on academic achievement. This event will also feature a student panel, highlighting student perspectives of supports necessary to ensure
academic success. Concurrent sessions include up-to-date best practice
programming and resources, state and national trends in school-based health,
funding opportunities for school health, and health- and safety-related professional
development sessions, as mandated in teacher licensure requirements. The conference will conclude with the Whole Child Champion Awards Luncheon.
Registration fees include pre-conference sessions, and attendees are encouraged to take advantage of
the $85 early bird rate offered through May 5, 2017. The regular registration rate for the full conference is $125.00. See the attached registration form.
A room block at the
Fairfield Inn & Suites is available at the state rate of $91.00, plus tax. Lodging information is listed below:
Fairfield Inn & Suites
17320 I-30 North
Benton, Arkansas 72019
Conference Room Rate: $91/night (single or double)
Reservation Line: 1(501)722-6330
Conference Block: “School Health Conference 2017” (block
expires Monday, June 19, 2017)
Book your group rate for School Health Conference 2017
Questions regarding this event
should be directed to Arkansas Department of Education Health Program Advisor Audra Walters at 501-683-3604 or firstname.lastname@example.org.