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Under the Influence at School

Drug or alcohol addiction continues to be a problem for many teenagers. Students who abuse drugs and alcohol are more likely to drop out of school. Educators may be the first to see signs of addiction in teens and are…

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COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation in Schools

The science and public health conditions surrounding COVID-19 are continually evolving. This Spotlight will help educators and school nurses deal with the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape in their school building. Using public health best practices, viewers will learn how to maximize…

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Impact of Covid-19 on Students and Families

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on children and families. It has disrupted routines, closed (then opened, then closed again) schools, and altered childcare options and recreational activities. For some families, students are faced with a sharp increase…

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Effective Concussion Management in Schools

We now better understand that concussions are both a medical and educational issue. Every concussion is different. Some concussed students may have short to long term difficulty learning when they return to school, while others may need only minor accommodations.…

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Three Tiers for Bullying Prevention

This School Health Spotlight will discuss an overview of bullying prevention and what it is and what it isn’t. Viewers will learn about the three levels or “tiers” of bullying prevention and what their role is in supporting students who…

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Stop the Bleed

This School Health Spotlight will provide an overview of trauma care with a focus on control of bleeding through proper tourniquet technique in the event of a mass casualty event. Objectives: Identify the most common causes of death in mass…

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Vaping and E-Cigarettes

This School Health Spotlight will focus on the medical concerns related to vaping and discuss why it is a problem. Viewers will learn about appropriate school/parent responses to adolescent vaping as well as effective prevention/intervention approaches they can use. Objectives:…

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Lyme and Other Tick Borne Diseases

This School Health Spotlight will review the concerns related to tick borne diseases, the symptoms of Lyme disease, how to best prevent and treat Lyme and other tick related disease. Objectives: Review tickborne diseases found in Pennsylvania Understand clinical presentations…

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Adolescent Mood Disorders and Risk Assessment

Objectives: • Participants will be able to identify elements of normal adolescent development. • Participants will be able to identify characteristics and symptoms of mood disorders in adolescents. • Participants will gain an understanding of evidence based risk assessment in…

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Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Consultation Line

Objectives: • Discuss Purpose of PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line • Review Pennsylvania’s Bullying Prevention History • Review Development and Implementation of BP Consultation Line • Understand Resources and Support Provided to Resolve Chronic Bullying Situations Program Description: This School…

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Healthy Classroom Talk

Objectives: • Understand the importance of healthy dialogue and the stage of youth development where it is most effective. • Discover various strategies for engaging students in deliberation. • Identify several national resources for instructing students in deliberation in and…

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School Climate 101

Objectives: • Identify the differences and similarities in social emotional learning and school climate efforts. • Use language to explain several realms of practice within school climate work. • Have a working knowledge of the PA School Climate Survey. Program…

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Cyberbullying

Objectives: • Identify strategies for schools and families to utilize that will enhance the safety of children online. • Recognize the mechanisms that create an environment for cyberbullying, the research for effective intervention(s) and strategies to help families and students…

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Meaningful Bullying Prevention

Shiryl Barto, M.Ed. Shiryl is the Manager of the Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has spent time as a Classroom Teacher and Home School Liaison, before turning her professional focus…

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Concussions

Overview: The number of Americans diagnosed with concussions is growing, most significantly in adolescents. Almost 20% of U.S. adolescents reported at least 1 diagnosed concussion in their lifetime and 5% reported being diagnosed with more than 1. In this Spotlight,…

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Environmental Safety in Schools

Shiryl Barto, M.Ed. Ms. Barto is the Manager of the Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has spent time as a Classroom Teacher and Home School Liaison, before turning her professional…

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Physical Activity

Allison Messina, MHPE Allison has worked for the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Johnstown, PA for the past 11 years and serves as their Director of Evaluation.She has also worked as an adjunct professor at Saint Francis…

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Smarter Lunchroom

Elizabeth Henry, RDElizabeth is a Registered Dietitian working for the Pittsburgh Public Schools Food Service Department. Her goal is improve the availability and appeal of healthy foods for students while increasing participation in school meal programs. Elizabeth’s mission is to…

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Sexual Health in Adolescents

Diana Schroeder, D.N.P. Diana works as the Director of Bullying Prevention Initiatives for The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Center addresses public health issues facing youth and families in Western and Central Pennsylvania. She is…

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