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Recap – School Health Expo

| February 14, 2018

First Hand Foundation hosted the second annual School Health Expo on Friday, February 2, 2018. Held at Cerner’s Riverport Campus, the daylong expo was attended by 45 high school health educators and school nurses from throughout the Kansas City area.

The keynote address, “Work-Life Integration,” explored participants’ values and helped them learn how to manage competing priorities. The discussion included developing healthy coping mechanisms to become successful in multiple dimensions of life. Cerner Wellness Coaches Erin Schepmann and Libby Even shared that although school-work-life balance suggests school, work and life are separate entities, the reality is that they are taking place simultaneously.

Health educators participated in a lesson plan and resource sharing session emphasizing mental health and health topics. This popular session was led by Dr. Sheri Beeler of Missouri Southern State University. Health Consultant Danica Harris led the school nurse breakout session entitled “Identifying Trauma and Common Disorders in Students.”

During the Lunch and Learn, participants heard more about Cerner’s community relationships and talent development initiatives. The day ended with a session on mindfulness-based stress management. Attendees enjoyed a day filled with practical information about mental health and well-being.

We look forward to next year’s School Health Expo on Friday, February 1, 2019.

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