JJSHLP Newsletter

Fall 2015

Welcome to the 2015 Fellows!

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2016 Cohort Applications Now Open

Applications are now being accepted for our next class of Fellows. The 2016 Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Institute will be held July 17-22, 2016 OR July 31-August 5. All team participants (school nurses and community/ administrative partners) are responsible for completing the prerequisite on-line courses and for attending the entire program.


If you are a current or past Fellow, please share with your colleagues and encourage them to apply to the program. Applications will be accepted until November 20, 2015.

Click to apply for 2016 Cohort

Applications are now open for the 2016 Fellowship Cohort. The deadline for applications is November 20, 2015.

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From the article Health Barriers to Learning and the Education Opportunity Gap published by the Education Commission of the States:


"Education is a critical pathway by which children can rise out of the cycle of poverty. Billions of dollars are invested annually in America’s public schools and considerable improvement has been made in academic achievement and educational attainment. However, certain school-aged cohorts — entire communities of youth — have been left behind. An under-appreciated fact is that these same youth are disproportionately affected by a constellation of health problems that subvert their motivation and impair their ability to learn."

Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 5-6pm

This is an online event.

Join us on October 7th at 5:00 PM EST for the first webinar of the 2015 season. There will be monthly session offerings, many of which will be open to our Alumni network. All webinars will be recorded and archived for later viewing. Please check your email a few hours before the Webinar is scheduled to start for a link to participate.


Refer to the schedule on Sakai for the full listing of sessions.


Who: 2015 Cohort

Topics: Stakeholders, Mini-grants, Sakai Info

Presenter: Laura Fenster Rothschild

Additional Fall Webinars

November 4, 2015

5:00 pm EST

(Alumni welcome)

Cultural competency

Presenter: Liz Amaya-Fernandez


November 18, 2015

5:00 pm EST

(Alumni welcome)

Advanced Nursing Education

Presenter: Martha Bergren

Submit a NASN Abstract

Abstract submission are now being accepted for the 2016 NASN Annual Conference to be held in Indianapolis, IN June 30-July 3.

What is Sakai?

Are you an Alumni of the JJSHLP? Do you have an account in Sakai, our online portal that enables you to stay up to date with Alumni activities as well as volunteer and mentor opportunities?


If not, please send an email to jjshlp@rutgers.edu with the following information:


  • Your name and credentials
  • Current place of employment
  • Year you participated in the program


Please encourage fellow alumni from your teams to sign up on Sakai as well.

JJSHLP Alumni: What has your team been up to?

  • Have you or your team given a recent presentation?
  • Have you been published or recognized in some way?
  • What projects are you working on based on what you learned at the Institute?
  • Share your Alumni Success stories and you may be featured in a future newsletter.
  • Send an email to regina.wysocki@rutgers.edu with all the details.
RWJF First Friday Google Hangouts

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation hosts monthly conversations, First Fridays, as a series to inform you about lessons our partners are learning as we all work to build a Culture of Health.

The JJSHLP Fall Conference Schedule

ASHA Conference October 15-17

The Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program will be exhibiting at the American School Health Conference in Orlando October 15-17th. Please stop by our booth in the exhibit hall and say hello!

NJSSNA Fall Conference October 17

Liz Amaya-Fernandez will be presenting at the New Jersey State School Nurses Association Fall Conference at Cumberland County College, NJ on October 17th.

APHA Conference October 31- November 4

Laura Fenster Rothschild, Michael Bzdak, Martha Dewey Bergren, Anne Ray and Tom Griffin will be presenting on the JJSHLP at the American Public Health Association Conference in Chicago this year. The Program will also have a booth with the Center of Alcohol Studies in the Exhibit Hall.

TSNO Conference November 13-15

JJSHLP will have an Exhibit table at the Texas School Nurses Organization Annual Conference in Dallas this year. 2013 Fellows Karen Schwind, Laurie Combe and Yvonne Clarke will be volunteering at the table as well.

About our program

The Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program is a fellowship program designed by Rutgers, Center of Alcohol Studies in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson. This nationally recognized fellowship program includes curriculum and opportunities designed to empower school nurses and their community/administrative partners to become leaders within their community’s educational and health services teams to improve student health practices. All education offered through the program is in partnership with the National Association for School Nurses (NASN). CEUs are awarded through both Rutgers and NASN.