School Health Newsletter
February 2023
Partnerships - Education - Advocacy - Resources
RHA Middle Tennessee Regional Event

Join us at our Middle TN Regional Event at UT Southern in Pulaski from 9am-3pm on March 10th. We are so excited to hear from speakers on the topics of substance use disorder, maternal health, THC and it's ramifications, and Naloxone training. Register for this event here.

This event is free to members. A $25 fee will be charged for non-members. Please email with any questions.

Interested in joining us at an regional event but not from Middle? Find West Tennessee regional event information here, and find East Tennessee regional event information here.
Teen Dating Violence
Awareness Month
Each February, young adults and their loved ones across the nation raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence through Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This annual, month-long effort focuses on advocacy and education to stop dating abuse before it starts. The theme this month is “Be About It”. 

Click here to learn more about OneLove and the education materials available.
Click here to view the Love Is Respect Action Guide.

Resource Highlights
Positive Childhood Experiences Among Tennesseans

The future prosperity of Tennessee depends on its ability to foster the health and well-being of the next generation. Healthy child development is the foundation for economic productivity, responsible citizenship, and lifelong health—all elements of a strong community and healthy economy. Learn more about positive childhood experiences in Tennessee here
The State of the Child 2022

 An annual report released by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, this evaluates the most recent available data on child well-being in economics, education, health, child welfare and youth justice. As with many children across the nation, Tennessee's children saw declines in their mental health and educational outcomes over the last two years. However, Tennessee saw a historic improvement in the number of children living in poverty. Between 2019 and 2021, the percentage of children living in poverty declined by 8 percent. Poverty among those under 5 decreased by 18 percent. Certain counties, particularly rural counties, saw even more significant declines. Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties saw overall child poverty decline by 29 percent and 26 percent respectively. Find the report here.
Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs Help Tennessee’s Students Succeed
Afterschool programs help students do better in school, improve their work habits, and graduate. The programs engage students in enriching experiences that foster leadership, collaboration, and responsibility. In Tennessee, nearly 180,000 children and teens are enrolled in an afterschool program. To learn more about the benefits of the Tennessee Afterschool Network, click here.
2023 Rural Health Day on The Hill

This event is free to RHA of Tennessee members, and lunch will be provided. Join us to discuss important information regarding rural health in Tennessee, as we meet with local and state leaders.

When: March 7th, 2023

Where: Nashville, Tennessee
AimHi TN Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Day

The AIMHi TN team is facilitating a "day of training" for the local workforce. Each county will have its own day. Topics will include: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, Co-Regulation and Self-Care, Emergency Preparedness and Reflective Practice. This learning opportunity is funded by the Thompson Foundation Grant. There are no associated costs and meals (breakfast, lunch, and snacks) will be provided. 
Click the links below to register in your area:
Scott County - February 22, 2023
Anderson County - February 23, 2023
Blount County - February 24, 2023
Grant Opportunities
COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 County Check Find community levels and prevention steps by county. Data updated weekly (CDC).

One Stop Online for COVID Prevention and Treatment in Every County. Visitors to the site can enter their county and map nearby locations for masks, respirators, vaccines, boosters, and all testing and treatment options.

Help Prevent the Spread of Respiratory Viruses
An important step that parents and caregivers can take is to get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 to help keep kids—especially those under 6 months, who can’t yet receive flu or COVID-19 vaccines—safe.
In addition to staying up to date on their flu and COVID-19 vaccines and protecting high-risk infants, people can prevent the spread of respiratory viruses by taking the following everyday actions:
  • Avoid close contact (such as kissing, shaking hands, and sharing cups and eating utensils) with people who are sick
  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve (not your hands)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and mobile devices
Vaccinating against flu and COVID-19 is a primary strategy for preventing illness and reducing severity of illness; this not only protects individuals from potentially serious respiratory disease, but also helps to prevent additional strain on the health care system.
Booster Calculator Use this tool to determine when or if you (or your child) can get one or more COVID-19 boosters. Bookmark other CDC tools below.

NRHA updates Rural Vaccine Confidence Initiative toolkit to help rural leaders communicate vaccine safety and efficacy in their own words at the local level, NRHA has added new and updated materials to our Rural Vaccine Confidence Initiative, including website landing page copy, frequently asked questions, and more. These free and easy-to-use communication tools are developed around three specific audiences: hospitals and senior leadership, business and community partners, and whole communities.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) public education campaign, We Can Do This, recently launched the Pediatricians and Family Physicians Toolkit to help physicians increase confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among their patients and in the communities they serve.

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