It’s been another busy week meeting with school nurses at regional meetings in the Northeast, Southeast and Western Regions! Thank you for your attendance and participation at these essential programs. And thank you to our Regional Consultants for always providing the most current updates and information needed by school health staff at these programs! (We look forward to meeting with school nurses in the Central Region next week!) And please know that the Regional Consultation Program will continue as part of the Comprehensive School Health Services (CSHS) program and we hope all of you – in both public and non-public schools – will continue to participate in this opportunity for networking, consultation and technical assistance in order to improve our school nursing practice and develop our leadership potential!
Please see the updates below on a variety of conferences and seminars of interest to school health personnel. Please also note the invitation from the MCAAP to their May 8th (School Nurses Day!) Conference on Speaking Up For Kids: Pediatric Advocacy in Massachusetts. School Nurses are encouraged to attend this workshop on how to leverage their child health expertise to advocate for the children we serve. Also please note that the MDPH 2018-2019 Pediatric Asthma & Diabetes Survey for school nurses in grades K-8 is now available. See the information in the email below as well as the attached documents.
Thank you for all you do….every day!
Mary Ann and the School Health Team
“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” — Maya Angelou, American writer
SCHOOL NURSES IN THE NEWS!
While information can’t be fully divulged due to confidentially concerns, congratulations to the Lowell School Nurses and their vision team for referring a student in need of immediate care in order to save his sight following a vision screening! All you do, every day, makes a difference in the lives of our children!
SAVE THE DATE FROM THE MDPH YOUTH DEVELOPMENT TEAM:
FINAL TWO WORKSHOPS – MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION IN SCHOOLS: WHAT SCHOOL NURSE MANAGERS NEED TO KNOW
The final two workshops for the Medication Administration in Schools: What School Nurse Managers Need to Know for this school year are now open for registration on the BU SHIELD website at: https://www.bucme.org/node/1168
Please note: if you have not attended a program in the past five years an you plan to register as the manager of your school or district’s medication administration program, you must take both the online program available at: https://www.bucme.org/node/1167 as well as the in-person workshop for managers.
MDPH 2018-2019 PEDIATRIC ASTHMA & DIABETES SURVEY
To all school nurses working in Massachusetts schools grade K – 8 grade: Thank you for completing the 2018-2019 pediatric asthma & diabetes survey. Please see the attached survey with instructions. Note that the survey can be printed, completed, and submitted by email to DPH-BEH-Asthma@state.ma.us or by fax to 617-624-5560.
As in past years, please return one survey per school per town of child’s residence. In other words, complete the survey separately for each school and if you have students with asthma/diabetes from multiple cities or towns, please submit one page per town. Do not include any pre-K students or students in grades 9-12. We apologize in advance if you receive more than one email request or if a paper survey arrives via the US mail. Paper surveys are being mailed to schools that did not specifically request email delivery. Again, we apologize if you receive duplicates. However, ONLY ONE survey per school should be returned and please keep a copy for your records.
Thank you for your assistance and continued commitment to helping us better track the prevalence of asthma and diabetes in Massachusetts. For any questions, please contact the Pediatric Asthma/Diabetes Surveillance program at MDPH Bureau of Environmental Health at 617-624-5757 or send an email to DPH-BEH-Asthma@state.ma.us. Asthma prevalence data for your specific community is available at http://www.mass.gov/dph/matracking.
BOSTON CHILDRENS 16TH ANNUAL SPORT-RELATED CONCUSSION CONFERENCE FOCUSING ON THE FEMALE ATHLETE
The Sport-Related Concussion Conference at Boston Children’s Hospital will return for its 16th consecutive year on May 9-10, 2019. This year’s course will focus on the basic science and clinical management of sport-related concussion (SRC), highlighting the female athlete.
The interactive format of this course will engage participants and help to increase knowledge and skills needed to diagnose, treat and manage SRC through lectures, panel presentations, and Q&A sessions. There will be an additional, optional practical applications seminar on Friday morning to address relevant evaluation and management of SRC specifically for clinicians, nurses, athletic trainers, coaches, and school personnel who work with brain injured patients in any capacity.
We are excited to be partnering with PINK Concussions, a non-profit organization with a highly personal and urgent mission to improve the pre-injury education and post-injury medical care for women and girls challenged by brain injury including concussion incurred from sport, violence, accidents or military service. The PINK panel will feature women and girls who have experienced persistent concussion symptoms. These young women will share stories of their lived experiences, challenges, and impart advice providers can use when caring for young athletes affected by brain injuries.
Topics for 2019 include initial clinical evaluation, biomechanics of injury, acute and chronic treatment, as well as relevant research regarding evaluation and treatment differences of head injuries in females.
REGISTER FOR THE MDPH ANNUAL SUICIDE PREVENTION CONFERENCE!
MIAA SOCIAL MEDIA SAFETY AND BULLYING PREVENTION WORKSHOP
|Who Should Attend? School Administrators, Wellness Coordinators, Athletic Directors, Teachers, Club Advisors, Guidance Counselors, Nurses, Coaches and anyone interested in learning more about effective model programs and best practices in wellness|
|Monday, May 13, 2019 at the MIAA Office, Franklin, MA
Workshop Time: 8:30am–1:30pm
Fee: $40 per person includes light breakfast,
lunch and materials
Social Media Land Mines for Teens
What Happens Online Doesn’t Stay Online: Social Media & Bullying in School
The Impact of Social Media on Adolescent Behavior & Adolescent Depression
|There is a 72-hour cancellation policy for this program.
Please direct all billing questions to the MIAA accounting department.
VAPING: ADDICTION & THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN
Join us for this timely educational forum on the latest research, messaging and best practices will be shared around vaping diversion and cessation: The Public Health Issue Wreaking Havoc on Teens Across the State
Nicholas Chadi, MD, MPH, Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program, BCH
Panel Discussion: Diversion, Cessation, Access
• A Model School Intervention Program, Genesis Counseling Services, Inc.
• Nicotine Cessation in Schools
• Policies and Practices to Prevent Youth Access, The Massachusetts Association of Health Boards
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
9:30 am – 2:30 pm
$50 | Lunch included
MCAAP PEDIATRIC ADVOCACY IN MASSACHUSETTS;
Speaking Up For Kids: Pediatric Advocacy in Massachusetts
May 8, 2019 – 9:30 am – 4:00 pm at the
Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham, MA
Overall Program Objectives:
Mark Del Monte, JD, CEO/Executive Vice President (Interim) of the American Academy of Pediatrics
“Advocacy and the Pediatrician: Optimal Health for All Children”
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For more information, contact Cathleen Haggerty at email@example.com.
“OPERATIONS PREVENTION” WEBINAR
In response to the national opioid epidemic, the DEA and Discovery Education have joined forces to create Operation Prevention, a free, standards-aligned program that uses education to combat and prevent prescription opioid misuse and heroin use. Help students make informed decisions by understanding the science behind what happens to the brain and body when prescription opioids are misused and the social, economic, and human impact of the opioid epidemic.
The webinar will be hosted on Thursday, April 4th at 7:00p.m. ET/4:00p.m. PT to learn about:
- The free, standards-aligned digital curriculum resources for grades 3-12 available now
- Strategies for integration into the classroom
- New updates to the Operation Prevention curriculum
- Resources to kick-start lifesaving discussions at home
To register for the webinar, please click here.
UNDERSTANDING MAT FOR ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS WITH OPIOID USE DISORDER
You are invited to the Understanding MAT for Adolescents and Young Adults with Opioid Use Disorder (507) scheduled on Friday, May 10, 2019.
Understanding MAT for Adolescents (16 & 17) and Young Adults (18-24) with Opioid Use Disorder is intended for behavioral health providers, social workers, case managers, or other clinical support staff working with youth or young adults struggling with substance use disorder and specifically opioid use disorder. Using a case-based approach, this training will equip providers with the information and knowledge that they need to care for adolescents and young adults with opioid or other substance use disorder. There will be a specific focus on using pharmacotherapy to treat opioid use disorder and best practices on integrating medication treatment with behavioral health care for this population.
Dr. Sarah Bagley
Dr. Scott Hadland
Below are the details pertaining to this training:
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Registration: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Training: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Beechwood Hotel
363 Plantation St., Worcester, Massachusetts 01605
Registration Fee: $25 payable to AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.
Mail payment to: 5 Northampton Street, Worcester, MA 01605
**If you are paying with a personal check or company check, please include a copy of your registration confirmation email with the payment.
Continuing Education Credits: 3.00
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5th ANNUAL MIAA AND MSAA MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT
Keynote Speaker: Congressman Joe Kennedy III
Friday, April 26, 2019
Doubletree Hotel, Westborough, MA
General Session: 8:15am–8:50am
Concurrent Sessions: 9:00am–11:50am
Afternoon Keynote/Luncheon: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Fee: $55 per person
Includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Materials
5 PD Hours
Content Area: Safe and Supportive
Learning Environments contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Conference will feature three concurrent workshop sessions on:
- Coping With Stress & Teen Depression: Young Adult Speakers
- The Emotional Impact of ADHD and Effective Strategies for Instruction
- Anxiety Disorders in Students
- Meditation & Social/Emotional Awareness For Educators
- Mind Over Media: The Fight for Mental Health
- Student-Athletes & Mental Health
- Teen Empowerment, Mindfulness & Resiliency
- When Grief & Loss Affect a School Community
- How to Cultivate Happiness
- The Brain, Trauma & Teens
- The Role of the SRO & Student Mental Health Concerns
- Bullying Prevention
There will also be an Exhibit Area with over 20+ wellness exhibitors
There is a 72-hour cancellation policy for this program.
Please direct all billing questions to the MSAA accounting department.
JOB POSTING FOR BRYT PROGRAM:
The Brookline Mental Health Center is looking to hire a Junior Program Specialist. The description and application info are at the link below:
Feel free to contact Paul Hyry-Dermith, Ed.D, Director of BRYT for the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health at Paul_Hyry-Dermith@BrooklineCenter.org for more information.
REGIONAL CONSULTANT CONTACT INFORMATION:
Mary Ann Gapinski, MSN, RN, NCSN
Director of School Health Services
MA Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street – 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108