School Health Spotlights

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The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, in partnership with the Highmark Foundation, are pleased to present School Health Spotlights! School Heath Spotlights are online continuing education sessions featuring community health professionals. School Health Spotlight topics reflect current school health issues for schools, parents and student-serving professionals. We invite you to register and view as many Spotlights as possible, and to share them as a resource with others. Virtual attendance is free of charge. Each Spotlight is approximately one hour long. Once registered, you will be redirected to the segment selected.

Registration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Receiving Continuing Education Credits

To receive continuing education credits, you must register and watch the selected presentation to its completion. At the end of the presentation, exit from full screen mode and click the enabled ‘Evaluation’ button to complete a required survey. Please note: the ‘Evaluation’ button will remain disabled until the segment has been viewed in its entirety.  Register when you are ready to watch the segment at once.

Spotlight Topics

  • Meaningful Bullying Prevention

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    Meaningful Bullying Prevention

    Shiryl Barto

    Shiryl is the Manager of the Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has spent time as a Classroom Teacher and Home School Liaison, before turning her professional focus to violence prevention and school-based public health. Shiryl’s practice includes functioning as a Technical Assistance Consultant with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, as well as certification process with the National School Climate Center. She consults with public and private agencies, and has been asked to speak to national audiences about bullying, student safety, coordinated school health and school and community-based interventions. She was recently published by the American Public Health Association in A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention. Shiryl lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband Stephen; they have four children.

    Karla Joyce-Good

    Karla is the Director of Community Outreach for the Center of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She oversees the development and facilitation of professional enrichment opportunities and community education events. Karla also serves as a Bullying Prevention Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In this role, she staffs the statewide Bullying Prevention Consultation Line which offers support and resources to students, families, and schools experiencing chronic and ongoing bullying issues. Karla is a Licensed Social Worker and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Concussions

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    Concussions

    Diana Schroeder

    Diana works as the Director of Bullying Prevention Initiatives for The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Center addresses public health issues facing youth and families in Western and Central Pennsylvania. She is a summa cum laude graduate from Franciscan School of Nursing, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She currently holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, honor society for nursing. She is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and is the program coordinator for the BSN nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

    She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer since 2001 and is working with school districts around the state to implement HALT! a bullying prevention program through a partnership with the Highmark Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the state’s advisory committees for bullying prevention and safe schools. She is co-editor of “A Public Health Approach To Bullying Prevention”, 2014, and has published in peer-reviewed journals on bullying prevention and clinical and academic nursing processes.

    Tom Causer

    Mr. Causer began his career in the medical field early, as a paramedic. After gaining his degree in Respiratory Therapy from University of Pittsburgh, he earned his Bachelors in Nursing. His focus for the majority of the past thirty years has been critical care and trauma, having played major roles in securing critical care transport and developing a community-based Level 1 Trauma Center at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. He is currently Injury Prevention and Education Coordinator at Memorial Medical Center and has been researching and evaluating youth sports injury prevention locally since 2009. Tom and his wife Dottie have two children, Kayla 21 and Mitchell 18.

  • Environmental Safety in Schools

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    Environmental Safety in Schools

    Shiryl Barto

    Shiryl is the Manager of the Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has spent time as a Classroom Teacher and Home School Liaison, before turning her professional focus to violence prevention and school-based public health. Shiryl’s practice includes functioning as a Technical Assistance Consultant with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, as well as certification process with the National School Climate Center. She consults with public and private agencies, and has been asked to speak to national audiences about bullying, student safety, coordinated school health and school and community-based interventions. She was recently published by the American Public Health Association in A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention. Shiryl lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband Stephen; they have four children.

    Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis

    Michelle has worked in the non-profit field for nearly 20 years gaining expertise in the fields of non-profit management, strategic planning, fundraising, communications, lobbying and grassroots initiatives. She is the first executive director of Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE). In this role she leads the organization’s strategic activities, focusing on prevention of human health problems linked to environmental risk factors. WHE provides the community access to reliable, scientific information; supplies citizens with the tools necessary to advocate for policy solutions that address environmental issues that impact human health; and informs the region through educational workshops and conferences, community events and speaking engagements.

  • Physical Activity

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    Physical Activity

    Allison Messina

    Allison has worked for the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Johnstown, PA for the past 11 years and serves as their Director of Evaluation.She has also worked as an adjunct professor at Saint Francis University since 2015 in the School of Public Health, with a focus on Program Design and Evaluation. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health in Health Promotion and Education and a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in Biobehavioral Health. Ms. Messina’s research focus centers around school and health care based bullying prevention initiatives. Her other public health experience includes developing and evaluating adult worksite wellness programs, childhood obesity programs, adult and youth tobacco prevention and cessation, and school based health initiatives. She has presented her work at local, state and national conferences and has published several articles related to these projects.

    Dave Byers

    Dave works for the Elizabeth Forward School District in the Health and Physical Education Department. He teaches Competitive Sports, Functional Training for Sports,Fitness Systems Health. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Physical Education K-12, and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. He also holds certificates in Drivers Education, and K-12 Principal.

  • Smarter Lunchroom

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    Smarter Lunchroom

    Elizabeth Henry

    Elizabeth is a Registered Dietitian working for the Pittsburgh Public Schools Food Service Department. Her goal is improve the availability and appeal of healthy foods for students while increasing participation in school meal programs. Elizabeth’s mission is to start more positive conversation surrounding school food service and build partnerships with community organizations that will leverage school lunch and breakfast participation, improve child nutrition, and contribute to overall wellness in schools.

    Diana Schroeder

    Diana works as the Director of Bullying Prevention Initiatives for The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Center addresses public health issues facing youth and families in Western and Central Pennsylvania. She is a summa cum laude graduate from Franciscan School of Nursing, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She currently holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, honor society for nursing. She is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and is the program coordinator for the BSN nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

    She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer since 2001 and is working with school districts around the state to implement HALT! a bullying prevention program through a partnership with the Highmark Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the state’s advisory committees for bullying prevention and safe schools. She is co-editor of “A Public Health Approach To Bullying Prevention”, 2014, and has published in peer-reviewed journals on bullying prevention and clinical and academic nursing processes.

  • Sexual Health in Adolescents

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    Sexual Health in Adolescents

    Diana Schroeder

    Diana works as the Director of Bullying Prevention Initiatives for The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Center addresses public health issues facing youth and families in Western and Central Pennsylvania. She is a summa cum laude graduate from Franciscan School of Nursing, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She currently holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, honor society for nursing. She is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and is the program coordinator for the BSN nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

    She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer since 2001 and is working with school districts around the state to implement HALT! a bullying prevention program through a partnership with the Highmark Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the state’s advisory committees for bullying prevention and safe schools. She is co-editor of “A Public Health Approach To Bullying Prevention”, 2014, and has published in peer-reviewed journals on bullying prevention and clinical and academic nursing processes.

    Mia Malloy

    Mia is a RN working as a Community Health Nurse for the Pennsylvania Department of Health specializing as a Nurse Consultant in sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and AIDS. Her nursing career started in 1992 after attending WCCC. Mia worked in the oncology field for 15 years and was a certified chemo therapy nurse. She spent seven years as a traveling nurse, working at numerous hospitals around the United States specializing in Bone Marrow Transplants. After working in Miami on an HIV/AIDS unit, Mia returned to her home in PA, started working for the Commonwealth in 2010 and found her niche in 2014 in her current position.

  • Mental Health Interventions

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    Mental Health Interventions

    Karla Joyce-Good

    Karla is the Director of Community Outreach for the Center of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She oversees the development and facilitation of professional enrichment opportunities and community education events. Karla also serves as a Bullying Prevention Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In this role, she staffs the statewide Bullying Prevention Consultation Line which offers support and resources to students, families, and schools experiencing chronic and ongoing bullying issues. Karla is a Licensed Social Worker and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Dr. Shannon Nicoloff

    Shannon is a Private Practice Psychologist with an office inside Laurel Pediatric Associates in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She works with children, adolescents and their families. She has a background in health and wellness, education and has worked with children and adolescents since 1996 with her first job as an activities coordinator for the students at the Perpich Center for Art Education in Minnesota followed up by a nutrition education instructor for the University of Minnesota and gained a lot of clinical experience as a therapist at the Domestic Abuse Project and within the Universities Student Counseling Center in Minneapolis Minnesota. She earned her doctorate in 2009 from the APA Accredited University of St. Thomas School of Professional Psychology. She has lived and worked as a psychologist in Johnstown Pennsylvania since the fall of 2007 while initially practicing under the license of Dr. Mary Berge. In December 2013 Dr. Nicoloff became an official licensed psychologist within Pennsylvania and in the spring of 2014 she began the collaboration with Laurel Pediatric Associates. Within the collaborative model of private practice inside a medical clinic Dr. Nicoloff does a wide variety of clinical work. Individual, group and family therapy along with psychological assessment to clarify a diagnosis, psychological evaluations to determine the if the child / adolescent would benefit more from a greater amount of services than individual therapy. Anxiety disorders, depression, school refusal, chronic physical illness, anger and oppositional defiant disorder along with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are among the population within her private practice.
    There are some children and adolescents that seek services due to academic underachievement, grief and loss, peer / sibling conflict, blended family, high conflict divorce, OCD, negative peer influence and/or PTSD.

  • Welcoming Schools: Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Students

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    Welcoming Schools: Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Students

    Karla Joyce-Good

    Karla is the Director of Community Outreach for the Center of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She oversees the development and facilitation of professional enrichment opportunities and community education events. Karla also serves as a Bullying Prevention Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In this role, she staffs the statewide Bullying Prevention Consultation Line which offers support and resources to students, families, and schools experiencing chronic and ongoing bullying issues. Karla is a Licensed Social Worker and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Devin Browne

    Devin Browne is a teacher of French and Russian at Pittsburgh Brashear High School, one of the largest and certainly the most diverse high school in Pittsburgh Public Schools. In addition to teaching, Devin is one of three advisers to the school’s Gender Sexuality Alliance, or GSA. Working in concert with school administrators, GSA advisers, and many activist-oriented students, they were successful at implementing a comprehensive school-wide policy to support transgender and gender non-conforming students. After two years, this group succeeded in pushing this policy district-wide, positioning Pittsburgh as the first school in southwestern Pennsylvania to implement such a policy.