Nursing, Health and Education Organizations
The National Association of School Nurses site provides membership information, resources for school nursing practice, professional development opportunities, and updates on federal legislation impacting school nurses. www.nasn.org
The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) is a membership organization that supports professional practices and standards through advocacy and professional development for nurses. http://www.njsna.org
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses. http://www.nursingworld.org
ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative is dedicated to ensuring that each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. www.wholechildeducation.org
Every Child Stronger, Every Life Longer (http://everychildstronger.org) is an advocacy site sponsored by the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NJAHPERD). The site features information on obesity prevention initiatives, fitness testing, and data about health and PE programs in New Jersey’s public schools. You can also access NJAHPERD’s organizational site at www.njahperd.org
The American School Health Association (ASHA) has more than 2,000 members in 56 countries who are involved with coordinated school health initiatives. Serving health educators, school nurses, school physicians, school health coordinators, and mental health professionals working in schools, ASHA provides continuing education, develops publications, and serves an advocate for school health. http://www.ashaweb.org
The Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education (the “Society”) is a national organization serving national, state, and local school health leaders. It provides professional development, technical assistance, and advocacy. http://www.thesociety.org
State and Federal Government Agencies
This New Jersey Department of Education site, Keeping Our Kids Safe, Healthy, and In School is the source for information on student health and safety. It features FAQs on hot topics, links to school health regulations, and information on New Jersey’s CDC-funded coordinated school health and HIV initiatives. www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety. If you are looking for information on New Jersey’s health education and physical education standards and requirements, go to www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/chpe.
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Family Health Services provides information on children with special needs, and the health of school-age children and youth. You can access the site at www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/index.shtml. The division also houses the Office of Nutrition and Fitness, home to Shaping NJ, a multi-pronged approach to obesity prevention across the lifespan. For more information, go to http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/shapingnj.
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, provides guidance and regulations for communicable disease prevention and control, including immunization requirements and reporting at www.state.nj.us/health/cd/imm.shtml and information on TB testing and control, HIV, and STDs at www.state.nj.us/health/aids/index.shtml.
You can access information on child abuse reporting from the New Jersey Division for Children and Families at www.state.nj.us/dcf/abuse/how.
New Jersey Family Care is a resource for affordable healthcare. Materials are available in multiple languages. http://www.njfamilycare.org
CDC’s School Health Services Resources (SHSR) provides access to fact sheets, guidelines, research, and survey information for school nurses and other school health services personnel. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/shsr/index/htm
CDC’s Healthy Youth site focuses on school health resources including the School Health Index (SHI) and information on health and academic achievement, health disparities, adolescent health, obesity prevention, nutrition, physical activity, and other CDC priorities. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth
Medline Plus: School Health, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Library of Medicine, provides a wealth of information for nurses, parents, and teachers on children’s health issues. It addresses everything from bullying to obesity prevention. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/schoolhealth.html
The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools at the United States Department of Education provides information on emergency planning and school safety, mental health, physical education, and related school health issues. It also offers online workshops for school personnel. http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/edpicks.jhtml?src=ln
The Harvard School of Public Health sponsors this nutrition site that addresses healthy eating and diabetes and even provides recipes. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource
The Schools and Health site focuses on global health issues that impact learning and provides materials in multiple languages. It is sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United States Children’s Fund. http://www.schoolsandhealth.org
The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition (PACNJ) provides resources and information on asthma. Here you can access the asthma treatment plan referenced in state requirements. http://www.pacnj.org
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation provides schools with obesity prevention tools. http://www.healthiergeneration.org
Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) provides resources and information on healthy eating, physical activity, and food insecurity. New Jersey has an AFHK affiliate. You can access information at http://www.actionforhealthykids.org
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses collaborated to develop the Health, Mental Health, and Safety Guidelines for Schools. http://www.nationalguidelines.org
The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) sponsors the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, which includes a health policy database and information on a variety of health issues. http://www.nasbe.org/index/php/shs
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) website, About School Health Programs, features a database of publications, sample policies, and promising practices as well as information on health issues such as flu, asthma, and tobacco use prevention. http://www.nsba.org/MainMenu/SchoolHealth/AboutSchoolHealthPrograms.aspx
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network provides information, programs, and resources for health professionals and parents. http://www.foodallergy.org
The American Diabetes Association provides resources for parents, kids, and school nurses on living with diabetes. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/parents-and-kids/
The Institute for Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the http://resources.iom.edu/widgets/timeline/index.html public focusing on health issues. Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The IOM site features numerous reports and publications. http://www.iom.edu
The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health is a blueprint for the future of nursing. The report was developed by the IOM and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and can be accessed at http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing-Leading-Change-Advancing-Health.aspx.
The mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (http://www.rwjf.org) is to improve the health and health care of all Americans. The Foundation supports obesity prevention initiatives as well as the role of public health and nursing to reduce health disparities and improve access to care. The Foundation published School Nurses: The Hidden System of Care, which examines the important role of school nurses in the future of healthcare. It can be accessed at: http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=67348
The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) is a nonpartisan resource center at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. The site provides information on school health services including mental health, dental health, and school-based health centers. http://www.healthinschools.org
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides professional development and resources to support mental health. http://www.nasponline.org/
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia website provides valuable health information for nurses, students and their families. http://www.chop.edu