Hundreds Gather in Long Beach to Network, Learn, and Be Inspired
Nearly 400 school administrators, educators, health care providers, and children’s health advocates converged on The Westin Long Beach for Vision & Voice for Healthy Students March 14 and 15. This year’s conference was the first to offer intensive pre-conference workshops, all three of which were completely sold out!
The conference kicked off on Thursday evening with a welcome reception at the outdoor terrace of The Westin Long Beach. Attendees enjoyed healthy hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary cocktail from CSHC while networking, learning about the latest school health advocacy opportunities, and planning which workshops to attend the next day.
|“Always a highlight of the year. Wonderful learning and networking.”|
On Friday, we were energized and inspired by our two opening plenary speakers: former Youth Board member Bertrand Perdomo-Ucles, who became a California Democratic Party Delegate in 2012, and Dr. Robert K. Ross, President & CEO of The California Endowment.
Bertrand shared the important role his high school health center played in developing the leadership skills that he is using today to lift up his community and the state. Dr. Ross urged attendees to keep in mind the youth most in need of critical care who in many cases are unable to voice their needs.
Workshops ranged from how to integrate comprehensive oral health at school-based health centers to building stronger partnerships with school administrators and how to addressing adolescent relationship abuse. One attendee wrote in an evaluation, “As always, CSHC delivers exceptionally bright, educated, energetic, inspirational information.”
During breaks between workshops and activities, attendees visited with the more than 20 exhibitors representing the health care sector, advocacy organizations, and other companies that serve school health providers.
The day ended with a warm and personal address from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region IX Director Herb K. Schultz, who affirmed the important role school-based health centers are playing in strengthening public health.
Read what former Youth Board member and The California Endowment Health Equity Fellow George Chacon wrote about the conference.
Thank You to Our 2013 Conference Sponsors
Blue Shield of California Foundation
The California Endowment
The California Wellness Foundation
The California HealthCare Foundation
Cedars-Sinai C.O.A.C.H. for Kids
Los Angeles County Education Foundation (LACEF)
The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health
Paradigm HealthCare Services