CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the West Virginia Immunization Network and Marshall University’s School Health Technical Assistance Center have again joined forces to promote student health and wellness statewide. The two-day KidStrong Conference, in conjunction with the Immunization Summit, will wrap up this afternoon at the Charleston Civic Center.
As the largest school health professional development event in West Virginia, the conference provides professional development in community schools, school health services, immunizations, school climate, mental health, early education, physical education, physical activity for classroom teachers and administrators, health education, special programs as well as speech and language pathology, and oral health. As many as 900 education and health professionals are participating in the event.
As part of the KidStrong Conference, the Immunization Summit Program will provide innovative strategies for developing immunization programs and tools to promote vaccinations across the state. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department is hosting an onsite adult vaccination clinic as well.
"The annual KidStrong Conference is a place where school personnel can share ideas around health and wellness and learn how to foster students who are healthy and ready to learn," said State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Martirano. "When we talk about academic achievement and college and career readiness, school nurses, school counselors, health and physical educators, educational support services, and community partners have to be at the table."
Dr. Martirano gave the opening remarks followed by keynote speaker, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Dr. John J. Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in neuropsychiatry is the keynote speaker for today’s session. In addition, the two-day conference boasts expert speakers presenting in over 84 breakout sessions.
For more information, contact the WVDE Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.