Held on Saturday, June 7, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas the getHIP conference welcomed 121 school librarians, school nurses, teachers, school administrators, health educators, health sciences librarians and others to promote a coordinated approach to school health.
At the conference, in addition to keynote and panel presentations, an “experience fair” allowed attendees to exchange ideas with colleagues from a variety of schools, libraries and other organizations engaged in schools and public health. Attendees also worked together in small group exercises to generate specific ideas for collaborating across professional lines to promote a team approach to school health, following the CDC’s “coordinated school health program” model.
- Discuss best practices relevant to school health and identify specific information resources;
- Explore strategies for disseminating current information about school health issues and health careers; and
- Identify specific opportunities for collaboration among school librarians, school nurses, teachers, school administrators, health educators, and health sciences librarians resulting in a team approach to school heath issues.
6 hours of continuing education credit were provided for nurses, school librarians and teachers.
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3505 with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.