Building a Healthy School:
One Student, One School &
At a Time
The Lodge of Four Seasons
315 Four Seasons Drive
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
February 22-24, 2023
Missouri Coordinated School Health Coalition would like to welcome you to the 30th Annual Conference, “Building a Healthy School: One Student, One School & One Community at a Time,” where we anticipate over 200 participants, ranging in backgrounds from health teachers, school nurses, wellness coordinators, food service staff and public health partners to counselors, social workers, physical educators and school administrators. Join MCSHC and showcase your organization all while networking with the people working tirelessly behind the scenes to make Missouri schools healthier!
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
9:00 am Registration Opens
10:00 am – 12 noon PRE-CONFERENCE Sessions
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education | Dr. Ashley Krause –
Part I: Welcome to a Day of WSCC! What is it? How Do I Implement it in My School?
Participants will focus on the overview of the WSCC model, the strengths, intentional purposes and foundational pieces that will strengthen any district or school, regardless of prior practice in WSCC usage. Time will be spent exploring, discussing and digging deeper into the organization of teaming within the WSCC model. Participants will have time to analyze their specific strengths, identify weaknesses and set goals for forward planning. Participants will learn how to engage in ready to use frameworks, resource and assessment materials to effectively structure and implement WSCC practices in their district or campus. After working directly with a variety of resources, materials and assessments, participants will be better prepared to dig deeper into the available state and national tools. Participants will work to create an individualized plan to meet the needs of their particular district or school. Using state and national toolbox items as well as a blend of boots on the ground “real” experiences, participants will leave with a guiding plan to initiate, continue or revitalize the movement of WSCC in their district or campus.
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Education | Andra Jungmeyer, Adolescent Health Coordinator, MODHSS; Megan Moore, Adolescent Health Educator, MODHSS
Foundations is a standardized national model to train teachers, health educators and others, on how to implement sexual health education with quality. This training is not on a specific curriculum or lesson plan, but helps to improve the quality of sex education regardless of what material an agency is choosing to implement.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Break
1:00 – 5:30 pm PRE-CONFERENCE Sessions
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Continued)
Part II: Welcome to a Day of WSCC! What is it? How Do I Implement it in My School?
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (Continued)
Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Education
Missouri Association of School Nurses | Teri Hansen, Health Services Coordinator, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District; Natalie Botkin, Health
Services Coordinator, Republic RIII School District
Building Healthy Schools, One by One: Improve Your School Nurse Practice Through Active Learning, Communicating, and Proactive Engaging with School Staff
In this presentation, the School Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice will be highlighted as an essential component to the School Nurses’ daily practice. As an integral part of the daily practice, this guiding document will be used to enhance our professional school nurse skills including communication. Ongoing, positive and open communication between the school nurse, and district administrators will help achieve any district’s CSIP.
MODHSS School Health Team
MO KIDS TEAMS (Invitation Only) | Ben Pringer, MODHSS School Health Team
The Missouri Keeping Infectious Diseases out of Schools through Training, Education, Assistance, Mentorship, and Support (MO KIDS TEAMS) project helps keep students and staff healthy, safe, and in school by increasing the capacity of school districts to build an infrastructure for infection prevention and control (IPC) and implement effective strategies to reduce contagious illnesses. Participating districts form a 5-member team consisting of a nurse, administrator, and facilities manager from the district; a public health agency representative; and a local medical provider or pediatrician. In this pre-conference session, Cohort 3 participants will work with project staff in order to gain a deeper understanding of the TEAMS project framework, their responsibilities as a team leader, the timeline of expectations, and begin to work on identifying and prioritizing issues.
MODHSS School Health Team
The Whole-Student Wellness Workshop (Invitation Only) | Sarah Parrish and Marjorie Cole, MODHSS School Health Team
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services School Health Team is piloting a program to help schools address the overall health and well-being needs of students in order to promote academic success. One of the primary objectives of this program is to facilitate a collaborative relationship between School Health personnel and School Social Work or Counseling personnel. This workshop provides opportunity for Student Wellness teams to brainstorm and trouble-shoot issues specific to your school/district. Presentations will be given on various topics addressing common stumbling blocks and barriers to student learning. Barriers might include planning for student re-entry following mental health hospitalization, Crisis Response Teams, Student Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Anxiety and IHPs to address student anxiety and Engaging with Caregivers. Teams will then be given the opportunity to collaborate with DHSS School Health Team staff and other attending districts to create plans that work to meet their districts’ unique needs within these topics.
4:00 – 5:00 pm Exhibitor Set-Up
5:30 – 7:30 pm Exhibitor Meet and Greet
Thursday, February 23, 2023
7:00 am Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome
8:15 am – 9:15 am OPENING SESSION
Resilience . Readiness . Relaxed: The 3 New R’s | Eric S. Armbrecht, PhD, MS, Professor and Associate Provost, Saint Louis University
This presentation will explore what has changed (and is changing) about youth…and how schools are compelled to respond. Dr. Armbrecht will explore how educational systems and people are adapting to the strengths of today’s children…and why they are a source of hope and inspiration.
9:15 am – 9:30 am Break with Exhibitors
9:30 am – 10:30 am GENERAL SESSION
Legal Marijuana in the Schools | Kelli Hopkins, Missouri School Boards’ Association
Missouri voters, who previously legalized marijuana for medical use, have now decriminalized the possession, distribution and use of marijuana for anyone. However, marijuana is still a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. Many schools have seen an increase in requests for use of medical marijuana and school. This session will address questions such as do schools have to allow students or employees to use marijuana at school, can schools discipline students for possession, use or being under the influence of marijuana and what does under the influence mean?
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 am Break with Exhibitors
10:45 .M. – 11:35 am CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Walk, Listen, and Learn with the Walking Classroom | Terry Atteberry, The Walking Classroom/Alliance for Healthier Generations
The Walking Classroom is a national award-winning education program that provides students and educators with an innovative way to get exercise without sacrificing instructional time. The programs’ “Walk, Listen, and Learn” methodology capitalizes on the favorable link between exercise and cognitive function. Students take brisk 20–minute walks while listening to custom-written, kid-friendly podcasts that begin with a brief health literacy message and transition to topics on science, social studies, and English language arts. Topics are appropriate for students in grades 3-8 and are often incorporated across grade levels. Students return to the classroom in better moods, more focused , and more likely to engage in post-walk discussions. A 2018 research study conducted by UNC Chapel Hill confirms that after implementing The Walking Classroom, students learn the information better, retrain the information longer, and students report feeling happy, smart, healthy, educated, and energized.
Hope Squad: Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention | Dr. Janelle Porter, LCSW, North Kansas City School District; Dr. Sherri Miller, Tri-County Mental Health
Hope squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program that reduces youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention. Hope squad members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors. Squad members strive to create a safe school environment, promote connectedness, support anti-bullying, encourage mental wellness, reduce mental health stigma and prevent substance abuse. This session seeks to give participants information on lessons learned when implementing Hope Squad, how to build sustainable Hope Squads for the purpose of suicide prevention, and how to begin the process of bringing Hope Squad to their community.
Implementation of Stop the Bleed for Schools | Glen Moore, Education Safety Coordinator, Missouri School Boards’ Association Center for Education
The audience will participate in components of the Stop the Bleed curriculum to show a training method for delivery to a large audience, such as at a school professional development training. Other perishable skills and scenarios can be included in such trainings, and some of these examples will be included during the hands on demonstration.
Eating Disorders in Adolescents: Recognition, Prevention and Treatment | Dr. Denise Wilfley, Washington University School of Medicine, Vice Chairman, Missouri Eating Disorders Council; Annie Seal, Founder, Missouri Eating Disorders Council
Eating disorders (EDs) are serious mental illnesses with several health and psychiatric comorbidities. About 500,000 people in Missouri suffer from an ED yet only 20% receive treatment. EDs affect people of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, body sizes, and socio-economic status. With its mission to provide better access to treatment for EDs, the Missouri Eating Disorders Council (MOEDC) has to date screened over 11,000 adults, age 18+ for an eating disorder and referred them to an appropriate online program, and provided eating disorders treatment training to over 500 healthcare providers throughout Missouri. In 2023, the MOEDC, in conjunction with Washington University of St. Louis, will be fielding a new program targeted to adolescents, the most vulnerable population, in Missouri high schools and middle schools. This presentation will provide an introduction to this program that will provide support for school nurses, coaches, wellness coordinators, administrators and counselors, all of whom may be first to recognize a student who may be suffering from an eating disorder. The MOEDC’s online program is evidence-based and has been proven to be highly effective in driving early.
11:35 Am – 1 pm Luncheon with Exhibitors
1 pm – 1:50 pm CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Suicide Care in Schools | Lauren Moyer, LSCSW, LCSW, Compass Health Network
This session will review the current scope of suicide rate at national and State level, explore Dr. Thomas Joiner’s Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicidal Behavior, identify risk and protective factors, and provide a model for developing a suicide care path within primary care. It will highlight the resources that can be utilized by school-based staff including the new crisis lifeline, 988. Missouri’s 988 Task Force has developed a 988 plan and is continuing to explore long-term funding options. Lauren Moyer, Chair of the 988 Task Force, will provide an overview on the current and future 988 implementation plans for Missouri.
Migraine in Schools | Dr. Cynthia Morris, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis
Migraine is one of the most common childhood illnesses, experience by 10% of elementary school children and around 23% of adolescent females. However, it can be challenging to identify, and even more challenging to provide appropriate support in a school setting. In this talk we will discuss common features of migraine and other headache disorders, discuss common migraine treatments (especially acute treatments), and discuss some helpful school accommodations for children with migraine.
Trauma Stewardship | Amberlee Miller, Carl Junction R-1 Schools
Children in school across America are exposed to or living in traumatic experiences. School employees are entrusted to care for children in schools and hear about their stories of suffering, therefore, becoming stewards of trauma. Based on the book Trauma Stewardship: An everyday Guide to Care for
Self While Caring for Others by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky and my own experiences of self-discovery and healing, this presentation will guide the learner through understanding why trauma stewardship isimport, how to recognize the effects of primary or secondary trauma exposure in their own lives, and identify ways to care for themselves while they continue to care for others.
School Health Advisory Councils | Laura Beckmann, DESE, Missouri Healthy Schools Consultant
This session will help school district personnel and interested community members who are seeking information and direction on the development and operation of the school health advisory council. Those attending will delve into the Missouri School Health Advisory Council Guide resource to discuss the role and function of the School Health Advisory Councils and its membership criteria and create some actions to get started on developing their own. A complimentary hard copy of the Missouri School Health Advisory Council Guide will be provided to those who attend.
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Seizure! Identification, Classification and Emergency Management | Kelly Murphy Schober, RN, MSN, CPNP-PC, APRN, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Department of Pediatric Neurology
The presentation focus is to learn more about seizure types that may be seen within a student population. This education can help recognize what type of seizure the student may be having. Will also address the typical features that can be seen various types of seizures and help guide interventions. Will also review the rescue medications currently available and how they are used among children with epilepsy.
Behavioral Risk Assessment | Glen Moore, Education Safety Coordinator, Missouri School Boards’ Association Center for Education
This session will provide attendees with an overview about the key findings of school violence and the importance of recognizing concerning behaviors and circumstances. The participants will learn how the multidisciplinary team assesses reports of concerning behaviors and resources for supporting victims
IAQ 101 – What is a Healthy School Environment | Luke Gard, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City
The presentation will discuss how asthma is the number one cause of absenteeism in schools, and with proper environmental management, reductions in absenteeism and additional funding from the State are possible. A discussion of common environmental concerns and simple steps to address these concerns will occur with some great images to illustrate the common issues. Finally, since bed bugs have become more and more of a problem in Missouri schools, a discussion of bed bugs will focus on identification, habitats, life-cycle information, and safer and healthier treatment options will be provided.
Drug Trends and School-Based Prevention Programs | Staci Zellin, Community Education Coordinator, PreventEd
The session will highlight current drug trends, including alcohol, cannabis concentrates, vaping/edevices, heroin/opioids, and stimulants. Then, we will discuss school-based substance use prevention programs, and other resources to assist youth and families experiencing mental health and substance use challenges.
2:50 – 3:20 am Break with Exhibitors
3:20 – 4:10 pm CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Approach to Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES) | Dr. Cynthia Morris, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis
Functional neurological disorders (including psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) can be baffling and at times challenging to manage, both for children with the diagnosis and the people involved in their day-to-day life. In this talk we will discuss what a diagnosis of PNES or other functional neurological disorders mean (including differences between epileptic and non-epileptic seizures), describe some common features and findings in these disorders, and discuss developing school action plans to best support these children.
Able and Ready to Learn – Strengthening Vulnerable Families | Dr. Bradd Anderson, ParentLink
Healthy schools foster thriving students and staff. By supporting the health of parents and children, ParentLink helps students arrive ready and able to learn when they interface with educational systems. This session will detail ways ParentLink supports adults and the children in their care, helping Missouri families navigate barriers and connect with evidence-based information, vetted resources, and supports. Implications for school professionals will be discussed, along with research-based strategies for helping orient students towards lifelong thriving trajectories.
Growing Ideas for Healthy Habits! | Lisa Lauer, MSEd, Senior Nutritionist, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services; Lexi Jose,
Farm to Table Coordinator, Missouri Grown Team, Missouri Department of Agriculture
Studies show that kids with healthy eating and physical activity patterns perform better in class and are ready to learn. This interactive session will provide an overview of opportunities for the whole school community to work together to make healthier foods a priority. Some of the topics on the menu include hosting tasting activities, integrating nutrition activities into the classroom, and family engagement resources.
Dental Health Review Regarding School Aged Children & Missouri’s Free Children’s Oral Health Program | Ann Hoffman, BSDH, RDH, MODHSS-Office of Dental Health; Jeffrey Bellamy, BS, RDH, MODHSS-Office of Dental Health
Oral health is the window to total body health. Did you know, in the early stages of tooth decay, the decay process can be reversed? Fluoride varnish is one of the key factors to help prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay is preventable! Information regarding good oral health habits for children will be discussed as well as information on dental injuries and nutrition. Participants will learn the benefits of participating in the states free children’s oral health program and know how to implement the Prevention Services Program (PSP) in their school. School nurses can help to prevent tooth decay with children at their schools.
4:20 – 5:10 pm CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Be SMART About Asthma Treatments | Elizabeth Sissom, Missouri Department of Social Services, MOHealthNet
Single Maintenance And Reliever Therapy (SMART) utilizes the combination of inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and formoterol as a patient’s maintenance and rescue inhaler. This is a divergence from traditional asthma care that relied heavily on the use of albuterol as a rescue agent during asthma exacerbations. These new recommendation are part of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program update from 2020, and are in line with the Global Initiative for Asthma. MO HealthNet is educating its participants, prescribers, and pharmacies on the advantages of using SMART for those with asthma, and has made adjustments in its medication coverage to align with this new research. School nurses are in a prime role to help reinforce this education to allow patients to better manage their asthma and have more exacerbation-free days.
“NEW” Missouri WSCC Implementation Guide | Laura Beckmann, DESE, Missouri Healthy Schools Consultant
Participants will be introduced to the newly developed “Missouri WSCC Implementation Guide” developed by multiple partners throughout the state. Time will be devoted to reviewing the purpose and contents of the “New” Missouri guide followed by discussion on how the guide benefits Missouri schools in building a systems approach that aligns Missouri health efforts, is strategic and will create change.
Overdose Prevention | Staci Zellin, Community Education Coordinator, PreventEd
This session is geared toward professionals and anyone else working with individuals who are at risk of experiencing or witnessing a heroin/opioid overdose. Topics include a discussion of opioid use disorder (OUD) as a brain Disease, the landscape of the opioid epidemic, risk factors and harm reduction strategies, and how to respond to an overdose, including the administration of Narcan/naloxone.
DESE Food and Nutrition Services Open Topic Forum | Barbara Shaw, Coordinator of Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri State Director, US Department of Agriculture School Nutrition
Missouri school nutrition offers an opportunity for students to fuel their brains with nutritious foods. How much do you know about DESE, FNS? During this open forum session Barbara Shaw will answer your questions related to Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Program (FFVP), Accommodating disabilities related to food allergies and more, Triennial Assessment requirements, Local School Wellness Policy requirements, and more!
5:10 pm Adjourn for the Day – Enjoy your Evening!
Friday, February 24, 2023
7:00 am Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:00 am – 9:30 am OPENING SESSION – Sponsored by Healthy Blue
Be Their Hero: Trauma Informed Care | Josh Varner, Josh Varner Consulting
Two out of every three students in the United States are impacted by a traumatic event. When students experience trauma or an extremely stressful situation, it’s normal and natural for them to have a hard time coping afterwards. I’m passionate about teaching educators how to support individuals impacted by trauma. I specialize in inspiring teachers that they can support these students and be the hero in their life journey.
9:30 – 9:45 pm
Public Health Emergency | Ed Williams, Healthy Blue
10:00 – 10:50 am CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Vaping in Schools: Trends, Curriculum, and Prevention Strategies | Brad Brummel, Health and Physical Education Coordinator, Springfield Public Schools
Let’s fight youth vaping together. This session will share new trends discovered with the youth vaping epidemic. The Greene County Tobacco and Vape Prevention Coalition will share the three pillars utilized in Springfield to help reduce vaping use in youth. During the session, curriculum resources, school
prevention strategies, and cessation support will be shared.
Building Communities of Practice to Support Students on the Autism Spectrum Through ECHO Autism Communities | Alicia Brewer Curran, Director of Strategic Initiatives, ECHO Autism Communities-University of Missouri Extension
The number of students who qualify for special education services under the disability category of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, making the disability category one of the fastest growing in the United States public schools. To ensure the health, well-being, and educational success of students on the spectrum, it is essential to build capacity of professionals who have advanced knowledge about autism spectrum disorders, increased self-efficacy in the delivery of autism best practice care, and recognize the value of interdisciplinary collaboration. This presentation will illustrate how the University of Missouri ECHO Autism Communities has leveraged video-conferencing technology to implement a learning model that has proven to develop robust professional communities of practice who are well-equipped to support children with autism and their families.
Building School Environments that Prevent Child Sexual Abuse | Jenny Dodson-Weihl, Missouri KidsFirst
Schools play a vital role in preventing child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is a significant, but preventable public health issue that impacts thousands of children each year. By preventing harm from ever happening to a child, adults can improve overall health and wellbeing outcomes for children. This
presentation will empower school professionals to understand the facts surrounding this issue, how to prevent it, how to create a school climate that centers child safety and wellbeing. Participants can expect to leave with tools and resources to enact change in their schools and communities to prevent child sexual abuse.
Engagement and Development In & Out of Physical Education | Dr. Sally Schulte, Rockwood School District
Come learn how the brain relates to motor development and why we have an increase in underdeveloped students. You will leave with information, activities, and strategies to shrink the developmental gaps, help all students learn how to self-regulate, and achieve movement and academic success in and out of your gym. Easily implement these ideas into your program, share with classroom teachers, your school, and your district. This works and it’s powerful; come see for yourself!
11:00 – 11:50 pm CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Getting Ahead of Head Lice | Margaret Bultas, Associate Professor, Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing, Saint Louis University
This session will provide an overview of the current best evidence on the treatment and management of pediculosis (head lice). Epidemiology, transmission, manifestations and identification of pediculosis will be included. Opportunities to develop strategies for troubleshooting common challenging situations
including treatment, communication with families, and school policy will be explored. Last, resources for management will be provided to the audience.
Active Classrooms | Brad Brummel, Health and Physical Education Coordinator, Springfield Public Schools
Active classrooms uses purposeful movement to maximize learning and support physical and mental health. This fun active session will provide why an active classroom is important to you and your students, what are the four components of an active classroom model and how to use active classroom
Breaking Down Silos to Address Overall Student Wellness | Dr. Sally Schulte, Rockwood School District; Dr. Kim Goforth, Columbia School District
This session is geared toward working SMARTER and not HARDER. Through state legislation and shared initiatives, we all want the same thing. Happy, Healthy Students! Let’s break down our silos and look at what is being done around the state when teachers, nurses, and counselors come together. Be ready to listen, collaborate, and leave with some great ideas for your school, community and district.
You’re Safe Here: Creating Felt Safety in the School Environment | Sarah Parrish, School Health Team, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Knowing that you are safe is the concept of “felt safety”. Experiences of trauma can interfere with these feelings of safety and make it difficult for individuals to function in day-to-day environments and interactions. Children and adolescents are no exception. Students that have experiences trauma may struggle to feel safe in common environments, including school. While school personnel take steps to ensure a safe environment for their students that may not always translate to a sense of felt safety for all students. Research tells us that a brain that is experiencing fear is less able to retain information, make reasonable decisions, and learn. This session will review the existing literature to inform the need for creating a sense of felt safety for students. Then, with that understanding of the impacts of trauma on learning, this session will examine strategies for creating felt safety in the school environment.
11:50 am Adjourn – Safe Travels!
The 30th Annual Conference of MCSHC will be held at The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO. A special hotel rate of
$119.00+ for a single/double room occupancy in the main lodge is available until January 22, 2023. A $8.00 discounted resort
fee will be added to all reservations. For reservations, call 888-265-5500 or go to http://reservations.travelclick.com/17336?groupID=3740490, and mention “Missouri Coordinated School Health Coalition” to ensure the best rate. All exhibitors, sponsors
and attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. For all conference related inquiries please contact Julie
Lueckenhoff at email@example.com.
Missouri Coordinated School Health Coalition
722 E. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65101