School Health Newsletter
July 2023
Partnerships - Education - Advocacy - Resources

Join us on August 4th at 11:00 am CDT to learn about the benefits of membership. Meet our staff and hear about ongoing programs, committees and more. If you are a new member, this is a great opportunity to learn more about your membership! Not a member yet? Come to this webinar to learn more! Mark your calendars and register for this virtual meeting here. Find all upcoming events on our calendar here.

Enjoy networking, learning from industry experts, attending engaging sessions, and being part of shaping the future of rural health care in Tennessee by registering for our 29th Annual Conference, "Shining a Light on Rural Health: Advocating for a Brighter Future" November 15th - 17th, 2023 at the Marriot Hotel, Downtown Knoxville. To register, and for more information about hotel accommodations and sponsorship opportunities, click here.
Resource Highlights

Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth's Advocates for Tennessee's Children Leadership Academy is a highly competitive, intensive, and dynamic experience designed for emerging and established leaders in child-serving organizations across Tennessee. TCCY is providing tuition for the Leadership Academy, which includes all course materials, required books, and assessments. The deadline to apply is July 21st, 2023. You can access the application here.

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to attend this summit to discuss substance misuse, and teachers and school staff members are also invited to learn about emerging drug trends and how you can help. The event is July 25th from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT and by registration only. It takes place at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga with an option to attend virtually. Professional development points will be awarded. Reserve your spot here.

Learn how to prevent childhood sexual abuse in our homes, communities, and youth serving programs. As part of the new Stewards of Children rollout, many steps have been taken to ensure that participants are trauma informed. Training is live, August 9th from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT at the Nashville Public Library Madison Branch. If you have taken this free training, it is well worth taking again in this new format. Supplies can be purchased when you register. Registration is required here.

Our checklist covers the key steps for planning a School Run/5K including registration, sponsor recruitment, volunteer and community engagement, and securing a date and location. It also provides detailed action items to take every month leading up to your event. Download the resource here.
Grant and Support Resources
COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 County Check Find community levels and prevention steps by county. Data updated weekly (CDC).

One Stop Online for COVID Prevention and Treatment in Every County. Visitors to the site can enter their county and map nearby locations for masks, respirators, vaccines, boosters, and all testing and treatment options.

Help Prevent the Spread of Respiratory Viruses
An important step that parents and caregivers can take is to get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 to help keep kids—especially those under 6 months, who can’t yet receive flu or COVID-19 vaccines—safe.

In addition to staying up to date on their flu and COVID-19 vaccines and protecting high-risk infants, people can prevent the spread of respiratory viruses by taking the following everyday actions:
  • Avoid close contact (such as kissing, shaking hands, and sharing cups and eating utensils) with people who are sick
  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve (not your hands)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and mobile devices
Vaccinating against flu and COVID-19 is a primary strategy for preventing illness and reducing severity of illness; this not only protects individuals from potentially serious respiratory disease, but also helps to prevent additional strain on the health care system.

Booster Calculator Use this tool to determine when or if you (or your child) can get one or more COVID-19 boosters. Bookmark other CDC tools below.

NRHA updates Rural Vaccine Confidence Initiative toolkit To help rural leaders communicate vaccine safety and efficacy in their own words at the local level, NRHA has added new and updated materials to our Rural Vaccine Confidence Initiative, including website landing page copy, frequently asked questions, and more. These free and easy-to-use communication tools are developed around three specific audiences: hospitals and senior leadership, business and community partners, and whole communities. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) public education campaign, We Can Do This, recently launched the Pediatricians and Family Physicians Toolkit to help physicians increase confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among their patients and in the communities they serve.

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