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!
New Asthma Toolkit For Healthy Schools
Did you know MA DPH has their own Youtube channel?: Click here to view.
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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
- 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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
Caitlin Pettengill, DNP, RN
Assistant Director of School Health
Phone: (617) 624-6058
Juliet Sithole-Berk, MPA, MSCED
Program Coordinator lll
Phone: (617) 624-5447
Robert Leibowitz, Ph.D.
Phone: (617) 624-5474
Fax: (617) 624-6062
Evelyn Levenson (interim)
Medication Program Coordinator
Phone: 617) 624-6013
Fax: (617) 624-6062