School Health Newsletter
January 2023
Partnerships - Education - Advocacy - Resources
RHA School Health Committee
We welcome you to join the School Health Committee! We will have our kickoff meeting on January 25th from 9-10 a.m. CT/10-11 a.m. ET.

About the Committee:

  • Collaboration statewide
  • Build out resources
  • Increase Support
  • Have input in Training Provided
  • Provide Recommendation

If you are interested, please email Shayla Wilson,
Leadership Academy:
Dare to Lead

Date: February 8-10, 2023

The Courtyard- Cool Springs
2001 Meridian Blvd. Franklin, TN

Cost: $150 Registration Fee
(Lunch will be provided)

Included: Journey of Hope Curriculum and Training valued at $600 per participant.
National Blood Donor Month
This January marks the 53rd Annual National Blood Donor Month. The month of January is usually a period of critical blood shortages. People stop donating blood during the holidays and when they get sick during cold and flu season. This is a time to recognize the importance of giving blood and platelets while celebrating the lifesaving impact of those who help patients in need.

General Guidelines for Blood Donation:
  • Be in good general health and feeling well.
  •  Be at least 17 years old in most states (16 years old with parental consent in some states).
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds. Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors.
  • Have not donated blood in the last 56 days.

Click here for more information from the American Red Cross.

Click here for a 2022-23 health observance month calendar.
Resource Highlights
Healthy People 2030
Healthy People 2030 sets data-driven national objectives to improve health and well-being over the next decade.

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Social determinants of health leave a major impact on people’s health and well-being. To learn more and explore related research, click here.

To browse objectives by health condition topic, click here
NOISH Worker Well-Bring Questionnaire

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Worker Well-Bring Questionnaire provides an integrated assessment of worker well-being across multiple spheres, including individuals’ quality of working life, circumstances outside of work, and physical and mental health status. The questionnaire measures “worker” well-being as a holistic construct rather than simply “workplace” or “work-related” well-being.
To learn more about completing or administering this questionnaire, click here
PE/PA Best Practices Guide
The PE/PA Best Practices Guide has been composed to help foster new ideas and provide a list of programs, projects, partnerships, and resources you can utilize to best serve students in your district. 

Tennessee Rural Community Opioid Response Program (TN-RCORP)
In September 2022, RHA of TN was awarded a HRSA funded R-CORP Implementation grant aimed at building a Tennessee Rural Community Opioid Response (TN-RCORP) consortium dedicated to reducing SUD by 5% over the next 3 years. 

To become a consortium partner and receive monthly newsletters to support activities aimed at reducing SUD in rural Tennessee, please sign the pledge linked below.

To learn more, visit our website for additional resources and information about RCORP including a prescription drug take-back toolkit.
Student Check-In
As we approach the new year and a new semester, take a pulse of your classrooms to see how students are doing with the transition into the first “normal” school year since the pandemic started. How are they feeling, what is impacting their day, what is taking up space in their head, and how are they coping with a new normal at both school and home.
Pose the statement: “I wish my teacher knew”

Encourage your teachers to put a collection box/basket at the front of the room. Have index cards beside it with instructions for students to complete the cards and turn them in.

This allows your teachers to understand the “unknowns” of the classroom and allows them to find out what the students are dealing with outside of their academic day.
Resource provided by Tara Brown- SCALI Conference 2022
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.

School Health Manager

Contact: Shayla Wilson

Mailing Address:
PO Box 656,
Decaturville, TN 38329
This service was supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, under GR-21-73441.The contents of this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of or endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.