We are excited to announce that Deer Park’s lead school nurse, Dawn Epler, will be attending the 2014 Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Institute at the Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ.  Mrs. Epler is one of three area school nurses involved in submitting and winning the grant award. The executive sponsor is Becky Linn, an Outreach Coordinator for Spokane Regional Health District.

The Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program is a fellowship program designed to facilitate the empowerment and further development of school nurses as leaders to improve student health practices in their local communities. Each year, the program provides direct education to 40-50 individuals and benefits an anticipated 50,000 students.

Teams awarded the grant are provided with a unique learning experience designed for teams of school nurses and community leaders. All teams represent a defined community and include two to four school nurses and an executive sponsor. The School Health Leadership Program includes:

  • THE INSTITUTE:  The six-day residential institute, located in New Brunswick, NJ, provides an opportunity for community school nursing teams to develop their leadership and project management skills. The annual institute is held in July.
  • ENDURING CHANGE PLANS:  These plans provide a framework and action plan for fellows to engage their communities in sustainable change. Mini-grants are often available to support the developed Enduring Change Plans.
  • ONLINE LEARNING:  These courses provide fellows and other school health personnel state of the art health information. Initial courses are designed to set the foundation for work conducted at the Leadership Institute and online learning continues after the Institute, further empowering fellows.
  • CUSTOMIZED MENTORING, COACHING, AND SUPPORT:  On-site coaching and support will be provided to each community team in the form of site visits and quarterly conference calls. This technical assistance model supports each community team in the implementation of a sustainable, evidence-based initiative which creates structures to support future initiatives in the community.


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