Organizations Come Together to Hold Health Conference for West Virginia Children

June 11, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nearly 700 educators and health care providers will get a training “shot in the arm” as part of the statewide “2012 KidStrong: Joining Forces for Healthy Kids” conference on June 13 and 14 at the Charleston Civic Center.

The West Virginia Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Resources, Marshall University School Health Technical Assistance Center and West Virginia Immunization Network have combined various summer conferences and workshops held separately into one event.

KidStrong is the most comprehensive conference in the state dealing with a variety of health and social issues impacting the health and educational success of West Virginia children.  Educators and health care providers will be able to network to best serve the needs of young people and their families through collaborative relationships.

Important session topics addressed in workshops and discussions include immunizations, asthma, diabetes, physical activity, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, suicide prevention, behavioral and mental health issues, traumatic head injury, support for children of military families, school climate, alternative education and childhood and family trauma.  Topics addressed are intertwined issues and require the coordinated efforts of educators and health providers.

Organizers of the conference hope those in attendance gain practical ideas and strategies to improve student health and educational outcomes through teaching and learning, positive school environment and high quality health and mental health services in their own area of responsibilities. 

West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple will speak during open ceremonies at 9 a.m. in the Civic Center’s Little Theater. 

For more information contact the WVDE Office of Communication at 304-558-2699. 

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