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The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, in partnership with the Highmark Foundation, is pleased to present School Health Spotlights! School Heath Spotlights are online continuing education sessions featuring community health professionals.  Spotlight topics reflect current school health issues for schools, parents and student-serving professionals.

We invite you to register and view as many Spotlights as possible, and to share them with others. Virtual attendance is free of charge. Each Spotlight is approximately one hour long. Once registered, you will be redirected to the segment selected.

Registration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

*Please note it is best to view the Spotlights using either Chrome or Safari as your browser. Some viewers have difficulty viewing the topics in Internet Explorer.

Receiving Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Act 48 Credits:

To receive CEUs and Act 48 credits, you must register and watch the selected presentation to its completion. At the end of the presentation: exit from full screen mode and click the enabled ‘Evaluation‘ button to complete a required survey. Please note: the ‘Evaluation‘ button will remain disabled until the segment has been viewed in its entirety.  Register when you are ready to watch the segment at once.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • It will take approximately 8 weeks for credits to process. You may choose to receive either Act 48 OR CEUs. You cannot receive both credits for the same Spotlight.
  • For Act 48 credits: Please provide your seven (7) digit PPID number. Please make sure the name you provide at registration is the same one that is associated with your PPID account. (ex. if your maiden name is on your PPID account, you must register using that name)
  • For CEUs: Please provide your RN or LPN license number. Each Spotlight has been approved for one (1) CEU hour by the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Cambria-Somerset Council for Education of Health Professionals.

 

Spotlight Topics

Mental Health Issues in Children and Adolescents-Depression, Anxiety, ADHD and Trauma

This School Health Spotlight will discuss mental health issues impacting children and adolescents and how-to best support at risk children. Participants will learn how to effectively work with a student facing one of these mental health issues, and what resources are available to help impacted children.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain an understanding of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD
    and Trauma and the impact on students experiencing one of these diagnoses.
  2. Participants will learn best practice strategies when working with students experiencing one of these diagnoses.
  3. Participants will gain an understanding of available resources relevant to these mental health diagnoses.

Karla Joyce-Good, L.S.W

Ms. Joyce-Good is a Licensed Social Worker (L.S.W) with a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Good currently serves as a Research Principal/Study Coordinator on the Mobile Assessment for the Prediction of Suicide (MAPS) Research Study at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. This study aims to utilize smartphone technology, to better understand changes in mood and anxiety disorders, as well as suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Ms. Good also works as the Communications Director for the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and provides her bullying prevention expertise to offer support and resources to students, families, and schools experiencing chronic and ongoing bullying issues.

Katelyn Benhardt, M.Ed

Ms. Benhardt has a Master of Education in School Counseling and is a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) and a Member of the American School Counselor’s Association (ASCA). Ms. Benhardt currently works as a school counselor for students in grades k-12 who are in alternative education. She provides students with both individual and small group counselling sessions and also implements Aggression Replacement Therapy for students who struggle with aggression issues. Ms. Behnhardt works closely with parents and school staff to create a positive school environment conducive to learning that maximizes each students’ achievement and success.

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 have been bullied as well as how to deal effectively with students who are bullying.

Objectives:
1. Discuss bullying prevention as part of a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) effort
2. Investigate Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and how schools should address bullying within the MTSS framework
3. Explore Tier I, II and III activities related to bullying prevention, using case studies

Shiryl Barto, M.Ed.

Ms. Barto works for the Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (CHPDP.) 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 to violence prevention and school-based public health. She currently coordinates the local roll-out of a child sexual abuse prevention pilot, the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative, a partnership between Penn State University and the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency. She also serves as a Technical Assistance Consultant with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. She consults with public and private agencies, and frequently speaks to national, state and local audiences about bullying, student safety, coordinated school health and school and community-based interventions. She authored a chapter in the book, A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention, which was published in the American Public Health Association, and has co-authored several peer reviewed journal articles on CHPDP’s research.

Mary Dolan

Ms. Dolan is a Bullying Prevention Consultant with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office for Safe Schools. She comes to this position with experience as a former state-level Safe Schools Coordinator and a public school counselor with training in all facets of school safety, peer mediation, conflict resolution, positive discipline, the school climate improvement process and as a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) Trainer. Ms. Dolan developed and coordinates the PA Bullying Prevention Partnership; a statewide collaborative communicating school climate related information and resources to schools, families and communities. She assisted with the creation and implementation of the PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line and oversees the day to day operations of this needed and helpful resource.

Stacie Molnar-Main, Ed.D.

Stacie Molnar-Main is an educational consultant whose work focuses on strengthening schools and communities through practices that support social-emotional learning, civic learning and school-community partnerships. Her clients include individual schools and school districts, government institutions, nonprofits and foundations that have an interest in addressing the complex issues that affect education and youth development.

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:

  1. Identify the most common causes of death in mass casualty events
  2. Identify strategies to use when confronted with a bleeding patient.
  3. Identify correct tourniquet technique and use in injured patients.

Diana Schroeder, DNP

Dr. Schroeder 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 a summa cum laude graduate from Franciscan School of Nursing, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She currently holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, honor society for nursing. She is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and is the program coordinator for the BSN nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer since 2001 and is working with school districts around the state to implement HALT! a bullying prevention program through a partnership with the Highmark Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the state’s advisory committees for bullying prevention and safe schools. She is co-editor of “A Public Health Approach To Bullying Prevention”, 2014, and has published in peer-reviewed journals on bullying prevention and clinical and academic nursing processes.

Tom Causer

Mr. Causer began his career in the medical field early, as a paramedic. After gaining his degree in Respiratory Therapy from University of Pittsburgh, he earned his Bachelors in Nursing. For most of the past thirty years, his career has focused on critical care and trauma. Mr. Causer has played major roles in securing critical care transport and developing a community-based Level 1 Trauma Center at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. He is currently the Injury Prevention and Education Coordinator with the Conemaugh Health System, of Duke LifePoint Healthcare and has been researching and evaluating youth sports injury prevention locally since 2009.
Russell Dumire, MD
Dr. Dumire is a general surgeon with a sub-specialty in Trauma Surgery & Surgical Critical Care. He is employed by Conemaugh Health System, of Duke LifePoint Healthcare in Johnstown, PA. Dr. Dumire received his medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

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:

  1. Obtain accurate knowledge about pod-based systems and how they are made to work like a cigarette
  2. Learn about the effects that nicotine in pod-based systems have on the adolescent body and brain
  3. Adolescent impressions of E-Cigarette Usage
  4. Identify the safety standards and regulations of electronic cigarettes
  5. Understand the usage of medical marijuana and other inhaled substances.

 

Diana Schroeder, DNP

Dr. Schroeder 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 a summa cum laude graduate from Franciscan School of Nursing, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, honor society for nursing. Dr. Schroeder is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and is the program coordinator for the BSN nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer since 2001 and is working with school districts around the state to implement HALT! a bullying prevention program through a partnership with the Highmark Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the state’s advisory committees for bullying prevention and safe schools. She is co-editor of “A Public Health Approach To Bullying Prevention”, 2014, and has published in peer-reviewed journals on bullying prevention and clinical and academic nursing processes.

 

Rebecca Kishlock

Ms.Kisklock serves as the Director of Tobacco Cessation and Health Education Programs for Breather PA. She is responsible for writing, designing, planning and implementing all programs related to tobacco and nicotine use, cessation, and prevention. She works with school administrators and district judges to increase participation in Breathe PA, a school-based tobacco related awareness and cessation program. She also manages the Smoke Free for Life program within a 13 county service area.

 

Kathryn Hartman

Ms. Hartman is the Regional Tobacco Program Manager for Adagio Health in Pittsburgh, PA. She provides coordination of all tobacco control project activities in a ten-county region. She provides oversight for all tobacco contracts and helps subcontractors meet their program deliverables.

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 and symptoms, diagnostics, and treatments
  • Discuss the endemic and emerging issues
  • Describe the role of providers and the Pennsylvania Department of Health in tickborne disease surveillance, investigation, and management
  • Review tickborne disease prevention recommendations for patients

 

Diana Schroeder, DNP

Dr. Schroeder 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 a summa cum laude graduate from Franciscan School of Nursing, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She currently holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, honor society for nursing. She is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and is the program coordinator for the BSN nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer since 2001 and is working with school districts around the state to implement HALT! a bullying prevention program through a partnership with the Highmark Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the state’s advisory committees for bullying prevention and safe schools. She is co-editor of “A Public Health Approach To Bullying Prevention”, 2014, and has published in peer-reviewed journals on bullying prevention and clinical and academic nursing processes.

Leah Lind, MPH

Ms. Lind works as an Epidemiology Research Associate in the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH). She is the Lyme and other tickborne disease coordinator for PA and is also responsible for infectious disease surveillance and reporting in PA including rabies management and reporting. She also serves as the co-editor of the PADOH’s quarterly newsletter EpiNotes and their annual report.

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Adolescent Mood Disorders and Risk Assessment

Kelly Monk, BSN, RN Clinical Research Coordinator, UPMC

Kelly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from La Roche College. She has specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry during her 30 plus years in the nursing field. Over the last 25 years, she has coordinated multiple federally-funded and industry-sponsored research studies under the direction of Boris Birmaher, MD, a renowned child and adolescent child psychiatrist, at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh. Additionally, she co-facilities the STAR Center’s Survivor of Suicide (SOS) support group.

Kelly serves on several committees at WPIC, including the Ambulatory Safety Committee and the Pastoral Care Committee and is a member of the American Holistic Nurse’s Association (AHNA.) Quarterly, Ms. Monk sponsors the use of a Walking Labyrinth at WPIC, for patients and staff, as a way to promote self-care thru mindfulness meditation.

Karla Joyce-Good, L.S.W.- Director of Community Outreach for the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Karla is the Director of Community Outreach for the Center of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She oversees the development and facilitation of professional enrichment Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In this role, she staffs the statewide Bullying Prevention Consultation Line which offers support and resources to students, families, and schools experiencing chronic and ongoing bullying issues.

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 at risk youth.

Program Description:

This School Health Spotlight will discuss “normal” adolescent psychological development, as well as identifying the symptoms and prevalence of adolescent Mood Disorders. Effective treatment options for these disorders will be presented and the importance of suicide risk assessment will also be addressed.

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Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Consultation Line

Mary Dolan, Bullying Prevention Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Mary currently serves as the Bullying Prevention Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office for Safe Schools. Her professional background includes Pennsylvania school counselor for grades K-12 and Safe Schools Coordinator, Center for Safe Schools. Mary has received training in peer mediation, the PA Student Assistance Program, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) and comprehensive safe schools planning. As a certified OBPP trainer and national Olweus Technical Assistant Consultant, she has rich experience in the implementation and sustainability of research-based, comprehensive bullying prevention frameworks.

In 2012, Mary researched and authored the PA Bullying Prevention Support Plan and leads the PA Bullying Prevention Partnership, a statewide collaborative comprised of key stakeholders in bullying prevention. Current PA BP Partnership efforts include communicating resources to schools and communities, connecting bullying prevention to school climate improvement and engaging youth in these efforts.

In addition to connecting school with bullying prevention resources, Mary helped to create and implement the PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line, which provides information and support to parents, students and community members throughout the Commonwealth.

Karla Joyce-Good, L.S.W- Director of Community Outreach for the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Karla is the Director of Community Outreach for the Center of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She oversees the development and facilitation of professional enrichment Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In this role, she staffs the statewide Bullying Prevention Consultation Line which offers support and resources to students, families, and schools experiencing chronic and ongoing bullying issues.

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 Health Spotlight will discuss the services and resources provided by the Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Consultation Line (PA BPCL). Participants will be provided with a historical timeline of bullying prevention efforts throughout the Commonwealth and the development of the PA BPCL.

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Healthy Classroom Talk

Lorraine McGarry

Lori McGarry currently teaches Social Studies (Grades 9-12) at the Delta Program, a community-focused, democratic school of choice within the State College Area School District. Prior to her work at the high school level, Lori served as an elementary teacher, working with students in Grades 1, 2, and 5 at Park Forest Elementary School in State College. Since 2013, Lori has partnered with the Kettering Foundation, the National Issues Forums Institute, the Centre County Public Issues Forum, and fellow educators to study the impacts of deliberation in the classroom, school, and community.

Donnan Stoicovy

Donnan Stoicovy is a retired public school educator. She retired after 41.5 years in public education after working as a special education van driver, a 6th grade teacher, a teacher of gifted students, a middle school principal (all in Penncrest Area School District) and an elementary principal both in General McLane and State College Area School Districts. Donnan has a B.S. in Education and an M. Ed in Elementary Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and is a current Ph. D. student at the Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Supervision. She continues to be passionate about democracy in schools, student voice, inquiry, deliberation, community building and environmental education/sustainability. In her retirement, she is a Board member with the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) after having served a three year President term. She continues to work with the Kettering Foundation researching the role of deliberation as a process with PDS interns as well as working to on other projects for the Foundation.

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 out of the classroom.

Program Description:

The importance of teaching and empowering students to dialogue respectfully with one another and with adults is paramount. In this Spotlight session, experienced educators discuss the need for healthy classroom talk, as will as strategies to weave this skill into your classroom and broader school environment. Highlighted will be resources that school professionals can draw upon while building this practice in their districts.

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School Climate 101

Stacie Molnar-Main, Ed.D.

Stacie Molnar-Main is an educational consultant whose work focuses on strengthening schools and communities through practices that support social-emotional learning, civic learning and school-community partnerships. Her clients include individual schools and school districts, government institutions, nonprofits and foundations that have an interest in addressing the complex issues that affect education and youth development.

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 to violence prevention and school-based public health. Shiryl’s practice includes functioning as a Technical Assistance Consultant with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, as well as certification process with the National School Climate Center. She consults with public and private agencies, and has been asked to speak to national audiences about bullying, student safety, coordinated school health and school and community-based interventions. She was recently published by the American Public Health Association in A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention. Shiryl lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband Stephen; they have four children.

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 Description:

School Climate is a broad term that can leave teachers and administrators without precise, actionable ideas for improving the pro-social aspect of their schools. This Spotlight focuses on specific strategies for school climate improvement and details current happenings in Pennsylvania that will help lead the way for more effective school climate change.

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Cyberbullying

Tim Hammill

A 1988 graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tim Hammill began his career as a music educator and professional musician. During this time, he developed a love for music technology and began working to integrate technology into the music curriculum. On the heels of this effort, as a teacher in the Greensburg Salem School District, he began assisting educators with the task of integrating technology into other areas of the curriculum. In 2002, Tim became the Technology Integration Specialist for the Greensburg Salem School District. In 2006, Tim moved to the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit as a Curriculum Specialist. Serving 17 school districts in Westmoreland County, this position afforded the opportunity to work with a larger community to support classroom instruction. In 2008, Tim became the Supervisor of Educational Technology at the WIU. Since that time, he has worked with districts on many large-scale programs that include online learning, video streaming technologies, utilization of high-speed wide-area-network resources and most recently STEAM initiatives. Since 2015, Tim has served as Director of Curriculum Services for the IU. He is currently working to coordinate local, state and national resources to provide services that impact the school districts of Westmoreland County, ultimately resulting in educational environments that prepare students for their future while focusing on their safety and well-being. Tim is currently the project lead for STEP UP Westmoreland, an initiative focused on bringing students, therapist, educators, and parents together in an effort to improve the mental wellbeing of all students.

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 a summa cum laude graduate from Franciscan School of Nursing, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She currently holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, honor society for nursing. She is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and is the program coordinator for the BSN nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer since 2001 and is working with school districts around the state to implement HALT! a bullying prevention program through a partnership with the Highmark Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the state’s advisory committees for bullying prevention and safe schools. She is co-editor of “A Public Health Approach To Bullying Prevention”, 2014, and has published in peer-reviewed journals on bullying prevention and clinical and academic nursing processes.

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 manage/respond to cyberbullying as it occurs.

Program Description:

Cyberbullying remains a top concern for parents and schools alike; but how can school leaders be sure they are giving their families tools and knowledge to effectively monitor student technology usage? This Spotlight discusses cyberbullying as a continuing issue, and sheds light on some new strategies that can be used to keep children safe and parents informed.

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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 to violence prevention and school-based public health. Shiryl’s practice includes functioning as a Technical Assistance Consultant with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, as well as certification process with the National School Climate Center. She consults with public and private agencies, and has been asked to speak to national audiences about bullying, student safety, coordinated school health and school and community-based interventions. She was recently published by the American Public Health Association in A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention. Shiryl lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband Stephen; they have four children.

Karla Joyce-Good, M.S.W.

Karla is the Director of Community Outreach for the Center of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She oversees the development and facilitation of professional enrichment opportunities and community education events. Karla also serves as a Bullying Prevention Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In this role, she staffs the statewide Bullying Prevention Consultation Line which offers support and resources to students, families, and schools experiencing chronic and ongoing bullying issues. Karla is a Licensed Social Worker and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Concussions

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 a summa cum laude graduate from Franciscan School of Nursing, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She currently holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, honor society for nursing. She is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and is the program coordinator for the BSN nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer since 2001 and is working with school districts around the state to implement HALT! a bullying prevention program through a partnership with the Highmark Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the state’s advisory committees for bullying prevention and safe schools. She is co-editor of “A Public Health Approach To Bullying Prevention”, 2014, and has published in peer-reviewed journals on bullying prevention and clinical and academic nursing processes.

Tom Causer

Mr. Causer began his career in the medical field early, as a paramedic. After gaining his degree in Respiratory Therapy from University of Pittsburgh, he earned his Bachelors in Nursing. His focus for the majority of the past thirty years has been critical care and trauma, having played major roles in securing critical care transport and developing a community-based Level 1 Trauma Center at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. He is currently Injury Prevention and Education Coordinator at Memorial Medical Center and has been researching and evaluating youth sports injury prevention locally since 2009. Tom and his wife Dottie have two children, Kayla 21 and Mitchell 18.

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Environmental Safety in Schools

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 to violence prevention and school-based public health. Shiryl’s practice includes functioning as a Technical Assistance Consultant with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, as well as certification process with the National School Climate Center. She consults with public and private agencies, and has been asked to speak to national audiences about bullying, student safety, coordinated school health and school and community-based interventions. She was recently published by the American Public Health Association in A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention. Shiryl lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband Stephen; they have four children.

Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis

Michelle has worked in the non-profit field for nearly 20 years gaining expertise in the fields of non-profit management, strategic planning, fundraising, communications, lobbying and grassroots initiatives. She is the first executive director of Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE). In this role she leads the organization’s strategic activities, focusing on prevention of human health problems linked to environmental risk factors. WHE provides the community access to reliable, scientific information; supplies citizens with the tools necessary to advocate for policy solutions that address environmental issues that impact human health; and informs the region through educational workshops and conferences, community events and speaking engagements.

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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 University since 2015 in the School of Public Health, with a focus on Program Design and Evaluation. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health in Health Promotion and Education and a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in Biobehavioral Health. Ms. Messina’s research focus centers around school and health care based bullying prevention initiatives. Her other public health experience includes developing and evaluating adult worksite wellness programs, childhood obesity programs, adult and youth tobacco prevention and cessation, and school based health initiatives. She has presented her work at local, state and national conferences and has published several articles related to these projects.

Dave Byers

Dave works for the Elizabeth Forward School District in the Health and Physical Education Department. He teaches Competitive Sports, Functional Training for Sports,Fitness Systems Health. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Physical Education K-12, and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. He also holds certificates in Drivers Education, and K-12 Principal.

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Smarter Lunchroom

Elizabeth Henry, RD

Elizabeth 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 start more positive conversation surrounding school food service and build partnerships with community organizations that will leverage school lunch and breakfast participation, improve child nutrition, and contribute to overall wellness in schools.

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 a summa cum laude graduate from Franciscan School of Nursing, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She currently holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, honor society for nursing. She is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and is the program coordinator for the BSN nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer since 2001 and is working with school districts around the state to implement HALT! a bullying prevention program through a partnership with the Highmark Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the state’s advisory committees for bullying prevention and safe schools. She is co-editor of “A Public Health Approach To Bullying Prevention”, 2014, and has published in peer-reviewed journals on bullying prevention and clinical and academic nursing processes.

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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 a summa cum laude graduate from Franciscan School of Nursing, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She currently holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, honor society for nursing. She is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and is the program coordinator for the BSN nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer since 2001 and is working with school districts around the state to implement HALT! a bullying prevention program through a partnership with the Highmark Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the state’s advisory committees for bullying prevention and safe schools. She is co-editor of “A Public Health Approach To Bullying Prevention”, 2014, and has published in peer-reviewed journals on bullying prevention and clinical and academic nursing processes.

Mia Malloy, RN

Mia is a RN working as a Community Health Nurse for the Pennsylvania Department of Health specializing as a Nurse Consultant in sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and AIDS. Her nursing career started in 1992 after attending WCCC. Mia worked in the oncology field for 15 years and was a certified chemo therapy nurse. She spent seven years as a traveling nurse, working at numerous hospitals around the United States specializing in Bone Marrow Transplants. After working in Miami on an HIV/AIDS unit, Mia returned to her home in PA, started working for the Commonwealth in 2010 and found her niche in 2014 in her current position.

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Mental Health Interventions

Karla Joyce-Good, M.S.W.

Karla is the Director of Community Outreach for the Center of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She oversees the development and facilitation of professional enrichment opportunities and community education events. Karla also serves as a Bullying Prevention Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In this role, she staffs the statewide Bullying Prevention Consultation Line which offers support and resources to students, families, and schools experiencing chronic and ongoing bullying issues. Karla is a Licensed Social Worker and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Shannon Nicoloff

Shannon is a Private Practice Psychologist with an office inside Laurel Pediatric Associates in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She works with children, adolescents and their families. She has a background in health and wellness, education and has worked with children and adolescents since 1996 with her first job as an activities coordinator for the students at the Perpich Center for Art Education in Minnesota followed up by a nutrition education instructor for the University of Minnesota and gained a lot of clinical experience as a therapist at the Domestic Abuse Project and within the Universities Student Counseling Center in Minneapolis Minnesota. She earned her doctorate in 2009 from the APA Accredited University of St. Thomas School of Professional Psychology. She has lived and worked as a psychologist in Johnstown Pennsylvania since the fall of 2007 while initially practicing under the license of Dr. Mary Berge. In December 2013 Dr. Nicoloff became an official licensed psychologist within Pennsylvania and in the spring of 2014 she began the collaboration with Laurel Pediatric Associates. Within the collaborative model of private practice inside a medical clinic Dr. Nicoloff does a wide variety of clinical work. Individual, group and family therapy along with psychological assessment to clarify a diagnosis, psychological evaluations to determine the if the child / adolescent would benefit more from a greater amount of services than individual therapy. Anxiety disorders, depression, school refusal, chronic physical illness, anger and oppositional defiant disorder along with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are among the population within her private practice.
There are some children and adolescents that seek services due to academic underachievement, grief and loss, peer / sibling conflict, blended family, high conflict divorce, OCD, negative peer influence and/or PTSD.

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Welcoming Schools: Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Students

Karla Joyce-Good, M.S.W.

Karla is the Director of Community Outreach for the Center of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She oversees the development and facilitation of professional enrichment opportunities and community education events. Karla also serves as a Bullying Prevention Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In this role, she staffs the statewide Bullying Prevention Consultation Line which offers support and resources to students, families, and schools experiencing chronic and ongoing bullying issues. Karla is a Licensed Social Worker and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.

Devin Browne

Devin Browne is a teacher of French and Russian at Pittsburgh Brashear High School, one of the largest and certainly the most diverse high school in Pittsburgh Public Schools. In addition to teaching, Devin is one of three advisers to the school’s Gender Sexuality Alliance, or GSA. Working in concert with school administrators, GSA advisers, and many activist-oriented students, they were successful at implementing a comprehensive school-wide policy to support transgender and gender non-conforming students. After two years, this group succeeded in pushing this policy district-wide, positioning Pittsburgh as the first school in southwestern Pennsylvania to implement such a policy.

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