Record Turnout Builds School Health Momentum
More than 500 school health care providers, educators, and children’s health advocates joined us for Advancing School Health in a Time of Reform at the downtown Oakland Marriott City Center from March 6-7, helping us mark our largest turnout ever for a statewide annual school health conference.
The conference kicked off on Thursday evening with a welcome reception — graciously underwritten by the California Association of Health Plans — at the rooftop Skyline Room that offered breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay Area. Attendees enjoyed healthy hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary cocktail while learning about best practices from the school health care field.
On Friday, we learned about the role of school-based health care in preventative medicine from our opening plenary speaker: Dr. Rishi Manchanda, author and founder of HealthBegins.
Dr. Manchanda urged attendees to look at health challenges with a wider lens that takes into account the broader causes of symptoms, including from social and economic factors.
During our halfway point, attendees took time out to celebrate three advocates as part of our first-ever annual School Health Champion Awards. California Congresswoman Lois Capps, Kerman Unified School District Superintendent Robert Frausto, and El Cerrito High School’s the James Morehouse Project Director Jenn Rader were celebrated for their contributions as a legislative champion, school district leader, and outstanding practitioner, respectively.
During breaks between workshops and activities, attendees visited with the more than 25 exhibitors representing health insurance outreach organizations, advocacy groups, and leading companies that serve health care providers.
The day ended with an educator’s perspective on school-based health care from longtime San Francisco School Board member Jill Wynns.
Thank You to Our 2014 Conference Sponsors