MetroWest Newsletter

November 07, 2019 - Volume 3

MDPH School Health Unit

MDPH Updates will be highlighted here periodically. Karen Robitaille, MBA, MSN, RN, NCSN, Director of School Health will NOT be sending weekly updates directly to school nurses as was past practice. Any urgent updates and time sensitive notifications will be sent directly to those of you who are on the MDPH distribution list (funded school districts) AND forwarded to anyone on my list who are not on MDPH lists.


Thank you for ALL you do to support the academic achievement and lifelong success of the students of the Commonwealth!


RESOURCES:


New Asthma Toolkit For Healthy Schools


RESPECTfully initiative (a statewide public awareness and prevention campaign to promote healthy relationships among middle and high school students). RESPECTfully Materials.


Did you know MA DPH has their own Youtube channel?: Click here to view.


(Click on Button links at bottom of Newsletter for more Resources)

MetroWest Regional Meeting follow-up:

It was so nice to meet as a region for the first time this school year! I greatly appreciate all of your patience and understanding with the weather related electrical and internet issues we experienced at the beginning of the day! As nurses, we are well aware that how we adapt to change can greatly affect the outcomes for our patients. I want to thank you for your patience and ability to adapt until full electricity and internet were restored!


You should have received an email from BU SHIELD yesterday with instructions for claiming attendance credit. Please let me know if you do not receive the email.


With the onset of November and the Thanksgiving holiday less than few weeks away, gratefulness is a focus of our attention. Gratefulness is a state of being, an acknowledgement of the silver linings even in what might appear to be challenging situations. When we focus on gratefulness, we begin to see more things to be grateful for and begin to wire more positivity into our brain and increase our happiness. To learn more, check out this article from Harvard Health Publishing: Giving Thanks can Make you Happier.

UPCOMING CSHS MEETINGS:

CSHS NURSE LEADER:

  • December 3, 2019 - 8:30AM to 3:00PM


SCHENA:


  • 12/4/2019 - Webinar: 9:00-10:30AM



Please remember to register on the BU SHIELD website for the CSHS Nurse Leader (state-wide) meeting.

QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP

Karen Rufo, Director of School Health Services, Lexington Public Schools, is seeking the following information:


1) Who has a Case Manager on the grant? How it is working and what does it look like in your district?


2) If you have the CSHS grant and use Health Office Anywhere for your EHR please contact Karen to collaborate about measuring grant metrics with the system


Please contact Karen directly at krufo@lexingtonma.org.

REMINDER! IMMUNIZATION SURVEY DUE: DECEMBER 13th!

MIIS Virtual Gateway


MDPH School Immunization Info for School Nurses


2019-2010 Immunization Requirements


For those who would like to learn more about the MIIS system, updates and the Immunization Surveys please watch the pre-recorded webinar here.

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CONFERENCES/TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

Please forward any educational opportunities or other updates that you would like to share in our newsletter to me. If you have an opportunity or information that would be useful to ALL school nurse colleagues in the Commonwealth those can also be sent to me and I will share them with MDPH and the other Regional Consultants for inclusion in their newsletters as well. You can also send information directly to them if they are more time sensitive. All MDPH and Regional Consultant contacts are at the bottom of this newsletter.

DEXCOM TRAINING FOR SCHOOL NURSES MONDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2019 Plymouth South High School (download below flyer for more info)

DEXCOM TRAINING FOR SCHOOL NURSES

MONDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2019 Plymouth South High School


(download below flyer for more info)

WEBINAR: Getting to Know the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model

Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 3:00pm EST


Join us for an introduction to The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ASCD, this model is an evidenced-based model that highlights ten key school health components to ensure students are safe, engaged, supported, challenged and healthy. The model represents a collaborative approach to health and learning and emphasizes the role of the schools, families and communities in supporting student success.


Register Here.

VAPING PUBLIC EMERGENCY

Link to Mass.gov Vaping Public Health Emergency information with links to resources.

MDPH SCHOOL HEALTH UNIT CONTACT INFORMATION:

Karen Robitaille, MBA, MSN, RN, NCSN

Director of School Health

Phone: (617) 624-5427

karen.robitaille2@state.ma.us


Caitlin Pettengill, DNP, RN

Assistant Director of School Health

Phone: (617) 624-6058

caitlin.pettengill@state.ma.us


Juliet Sithole-Berk, MPA, MSCED

Program Coordinator lll

Phone: (617) 624-5447

Juliet.Berk1@State.ma.us


Robert Leibowitz, Ph.D.

Epidemiologist

robert.leibowitz@state.ma.us

Phone: (617) 624-5474

Fax: (617) 624-6062


Evelyn Levenson (interim)

Medication Program Coordinator

Phone: 617) 624-6013

Fax: (617) 624-6062

evelyn.levenson@state.ma.us

METROWEST REGIONAL SCHOOL NURSE MISSION STATEMENT:

The leadership and collaboration of the Metro-West Regional Nurse Leader group advances professional school nursing practice to promote health and academic achievement of students.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Jill Connolly, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN

MetroWest Regional School Nurse Consultant