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The Society utilizes advocacy, partnerships, professional development and resources to build the capacity of school health leaders to implement effective health education and physical education policies and practices that support success in school, work and life.
Topline Message on Children
AAP, AACAP, CHA Declare National Emergency in Children's Mental Health
AAP, AACAP, CHA declare a national emergency in children's mental health. The AAP, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and Children's Hospital Association have declared a national emergency in children's mental health, citing the serious toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on top of existing challenges.
They are urging policymakers to take action swiftly to address the crisis.
"Young people have endured so much throughout this pandemic and while much of the attention is often placed on its physical health consequences, we cannot overlook the escalating mental health crisis facing our patients," AAP President Lee Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP, said in a statement. "Today's declaration is an urgent call to policymakers at all levels of government - we must treat this mental health crisis like the emergency it is."
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December 9, 2022
Two cooperative agreements have been forecast by Grants.gov for release, pending funding:
In this session, Society leaders will share their experiences with these cooperative agreements. We will discuss the value of the funding, successes, challenges, and general grant writing tips. Current and prospective members of the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education members are invited to participate.
New Mental Health Resource Guide. As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, the Public Health Communications Collaborative has developed a new directory of resources to help you communicate about this important public health issue all year. Our guide spotlights resources for public health and health professionals, parents and caregivers, employers and employees, youth, and anyone who is looking for general mental health information and guidance on how to connect with a mental health professional.
As we navigate life’s challenges compounded by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, while processing unspeakable national tragedies such as the Buffalo and Uvalde shootings in the last two weeks, ensuring our communities have access to mental health resources is crucial to their overall health and wellbeing.
Updated Messaging: Children + COVID-19 Booster. On May 19, the CDC announced its recommendation that children ages 5 to 11 should get a Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose at least 5 months after their second shot. The decision was made after analyzing data from a clinical study released in April that showed a third vaccine dose increased immunity against COVID-19 for this age group. As COVID-19 cases are rising across the country, getting both vaccinated and boosted is our best line of defense to protect all people, including children ages 5 and older, from getting severely ill with COVID-19.
In light of the CDC’s recommendation, visit our updated Talking Points on pediatric vaccines, as well as our Answers to Tough Questions. For additional resources including sample social graphics and posts, use our Booster Dose Toolkit.
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