Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education 2017 School Health Conference

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The Arkansas Department of Education’s Office of School Health Services will host the 2017 Biennial School Health Conference on July 11-13, at the Benton Event Center located at 17322 I-30 in Benton, Arkansas.  This year’s theme is It Takes A Village: Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child.  This event brings together stakeholders committed to providing quality professional development to school administrators, health and physical education teachers, school nurses and other school/community staff who serve students from early childhood through grade 12.

The Office of School Health Services is pleased to offer two half-day and two full-day pre-conference sessions included in the registration fee in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Medicaid in the Schools (ArMITS), the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension and the ADE School-based Mental Health Program.  The pre-conference session options include safeTALK Suicide Prevention (3 hours), ArMITS: Tools for Navigating Medicaid (6 hours), Engaged & Focused: Incorporating Physical Activity in Schools (6 hours), and the Transformation of Mental Health and Behavioral Health (3 hours).

Plenary sessions include a keynote delivery from Mr. Sean Slade, Senior Director of Global Outreach at ASCD.  Mr. Slade will discuss topics related to promoting a healthy school climate, connectedness, resilience, and a youth development focus for school improvement.  Dr. Alan Mease, MD, the Medical Director for Child Health for the Arkansas Department of Health, will discuss adverse childhood (ACE) experiences and the effects on academic achievement.  This event will also feature a student panel, highlighting student perspectives of supports necessary to ensure academic success.  Concurrent sessions include up-to-date best practice programming and resources, state and national trends in school-based health, funding opportunities for school health, and health- and safety-related professional development sessions, as mandated in teacher licensure requirements.  The conference will conclude with the Whole Child Champion Awards Luncheon. 


Registration fees include pre-conference sessions, and attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the $85 early bird rate offered through May 5, 2017.  The regular registration rate for the full conference is $125.00.  See the attached registration form.


A room block at the Fairfield Inn & Suites is available at the state rate of $91.00, plus tax. Lodging information is listed below:


Location:                         Fairfield Inn & Suites

                                       17320 I-30 North

                                        Benton, Arkansas 72019

Conference Room Rate: $91/night (single or double)

Reservation Line:            1(501)722-6330

Conference Block:          “School Health Conference 2017” (block expires Monday, June 19, 2017)

Reservation Link:         Book your group rate for School Health Conference 2017  


Questions regarding this event should be directed to Arkansas Department of Education Health Program Advisor Audra Walters at 501-683-3604 or


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