School Health Newsletter
June 2023
Partnerships - Education - Advocacy - Resources
Annual Conference November
15 - 17, 2023

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 15 - 17, 2023 at the Marriot Hotel, Downtown Knoxville.

To register, and for more information about hotel accommodations and sponsorship opportunities, click here.
Naloxone Training Webinar
Join RHA and Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist (ROPS) Marissa Valentine for a webinar on Naloxone Training on June 27th from 11am to 12pm CDT.

Topics include: the causes and impacts of the overdose epidemic, the impact of substance misuse on the brain, harm reduction principles, recognizing and responding to an overdose, and how to administer Naloxone. Register here.
Resource Highlights
2023 County Profiles of Child Well-Being in Tennessee
The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) chose three indicators in each of four categories of child well-being for all 95 counties to make up its Index of Child Well-Being. The categories included are: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family & Community. Click here to view individual county rankings and results. is a free online resource from NAMI Tennessee designed to help teens navigate and protect their mental health. The website offers information and resources to combat stigma and encourage teen mental health awareness and empowerment. Discover more here.
Southern Word - Youth Engagement Programs and Events
Southern Word is a national, non-profit leader in spoken word education based on proven spoken word youth development and education strategies and programs. With over 7,500 youth, 40 schools, and 8 Tennessee counties served each year, Southern Word empowers youth and transforms them from passive consumers into active thinkers, creators, and projectors of their own positive identity. Learn more here.
June is Fireworks Safety Month
During Fireworks Safety Month in June, authorities like the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reiterate safety measures when fireworks are set off. Most fireworks injuries are reported between June 16 to July 16. Many fireworks injuries could have been prevented had safety measures been applied. Learn about fireworks safety measures here.
Grant Opportunities
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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