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Resources for Addressing COVID-19

(from a variety of perspectives)

Contributing organizations have shared resources that might be helpful to Society members and their constituency school districts and families. Other state specific resources will be coming soon and can be found in the Members Only section of the Web site.

Afterschool Alliance

Contact: Marisa Paipongna

The Afterschool Alliance has a suite of resources available on the website, ranging from resources for virtual learning, community well-being, supporting essential workers, policy and more! (

Alliance for Healthier Generation

Contact: Kathleen Satterley

Alliance for a Healthier Generation has an extensive database of internally-vetted resources for physical education, physical activity, nutrition, family engagement (

American Academy of Pediatrics

Contact: Stephanie Domain

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Return to In-person Education in Schools (

American Occupational Therapy Association

Contact: Claudette Fette  

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has a state-by-state regulatory landscape resource if that might be helpful ( 

American School Health Association

Contact: Jeanie Alter

The American School Health Association (ASHA) held a free virtual mini-conference devoted to COVID-19 and returning to school. The conference recordings and resources can be accessed free at

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Contact: Ioana Ungureanu

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) has been working on a lot of COVID-19 resources for state health agencies. Some of them have been around ACEs. It also is working on a resource related to protective factors (

CATCH My Breath Student Learning Project

Contact: Abby Rose

The Catch My Breath Student Learning Project provides families with free and easy access to several of CATCH’s evidence-based health, nutrition, physical education, and home education materials. The free health education resources are organized into three sections: physical activities, activity breaks, and family health and nutrition (

Center for School Mental Health

Contact: Nancy Lever

The Center for School Mental Health has compiled resources related to mental health in schools during COVID-19 ( The National Center for School Mental Health and the School Based Health Alliance has hosted webinars with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the Education Development Center on Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention during COVID-19: What School based staff need to know.  

Children’s National Hospital

Contact: Mareesha Walker

Not Available

Children's National Hospital partnered with Everfi and OSSE to develop a mental health curriculum for middle school students. Children’s National Hospital also has COVID-19 resources on their Rise and Shine Blog ( and


Contact: Jamie Sparks, John Henry Ledworth,

ETR shares information about several resources that are beneficial to the HPE community and the Society.

  1. Virtual Vitality: ETR offers a series of free, downloadable resources to help transition from in-person teaching and training to powerful online design and delivery
  1. Posters/Cards: ETR offers a collection of free, downloadable National Health Education Standards posters and cards (
  2. A new landing page is focused on fee-based social and physical distancing materials, which are essential for schools, office spaces, and other public education settings when transitioning to “new norms.” These feature Mirror/Wall Clings, Signs, Posters, and new Floor Signage (

Grants Weekly Newsletter – YOUTH TODAY

Contact: Identified with specific grant information

It would be helpful to each Society member to sign-up for the YOUTH TODAY newsletter. This publication provides information about grants available to state and local groups. Some are specifically related COVID Crises Grants (

Healthy Schools Network

Contact: Susan Goekler

Healthy Schools Network has compiled lists of resources related to preparing now for an eventual return to school ( 


Contact: Michael Dove

The JUST RUN school-based program also has a home school (shelter in place) option for parents. This is a nationally-recognized program through Running USA and also was awarded Best Youth Program Award by the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports ( 

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health issued a news release on January 24, 2022 on “Social connectedness, sleep, and physical activity associated with better mental health among youth during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Longitudinal survey data of more than 3,000 adolescents ages 11-14 recorded before and during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 found that supportive relationships with family and friends and healthy behaviors, like engaging in physical activity and better sleep, appeared to shield against the harmful effects of the pandemic on adolescents' mental health. Get the full news release here.

Puberty: The Wonder Years

Contact: Wendy Sellers

Puberty: The Wonder Years shares free information and resources to individuals on its email list to support adults and families who are teaching puberty education in virtual or home schooling situations. The curriculum includes digital family engagement resources and student worksheets to make it easier to teach via distance learning. The following supports are available for teaching puberty education via distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic:

    Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC)

    The Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC) was formed in 2020 to coordinate and amplify public health messaging on COVID-19 and increase Americans' confidence in guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health officials.

    Society for Public Health Education

    Contact: Jordan Buckley

    The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) held its Annual Conference virtually. It focused on what is going on in the field for health educators. The school health portfolio continues to evolve in an online portfolio, so the webinar series is available on-demand ( 

    U.S. Center for SafeSport

    Contact: Shellie Pfohl

    U.S. Center for SafeSport has prepared a document on “Keeping Your Kids Safe Online During COVID-19” (  

    The Organ Wise Guys

    Contact: Michelle Lombardo 

    The Organ Wise Guys has all of its content up and running with schools using The OrganWise Guys Digital Platform as a part of the hybrid/distance learning. This also includes ‘handwashing’ content. The following link provides free access to the Demo Level of the program.

    Free OrganWise Guys Handwashing Content

    Youth MOVE National

    Contact: Johanna Bergan

    Youth MOVE National is publishing a series of blog posts responding to COVID 19 that may be of interest. Chapter leaders contribute to this open source document of a list of resources that are specific to helping young people stay healthy and well during the pandemic - it is added to everyday and people respond very positively to it: (

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