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Interdisciplinary Health Education and Human Services Advisory Council

This Council is advisory to the Commissioner and Board of Education in the areas of legislation, regulations, and guidelines related to instituting comprehensive health education and services in the public schools for all students and their families. The council is made up of health professionals, concerned representatives of the public and the public schools, and representatives of other state agencies, as described in the Education Reform Act.

Council Statement

We have a large Advisory Council with extraordinary expertise from Early Childhood to Higher Education, with nurses, health educators, physical educators, school psychologists and counselors, other health specialists, and representation from other state agencies. A major project in the past was the development of "A Guide to Implementing Your District's Wellness Policy," Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document a brochure outlining steps that schools and communities can take in support of the wellness policy that all districts were required to develop under Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. During the 2011-2012 school year, the focus of the Council will be on making recommendations for the revision of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework and for strengthening school wellness policies to align with new Massachusetts and federal legislation. Additionally, the Council provides feedback and advice to ESE staff on several aspects of the Coordinated School Health Program workplan.

FY2014-2015 Meeting Schedule

February 19, 20159:30 AM - 12:30 PM Worcester Public Library, Banx Room, 3 Salem St, Worcester, MA 01608

FY2014-2015 Council Members

Jennifer Davis CareyExecutive Director, Worcester Education Collaborative
Patricia DandreaHealth and PE Department Head, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School
Deborah Del DottoAssistant Director of Special Education, Waltham Public Schools
Mary Ann GapinskiDepartment of Public Health Representative, Director of School Health Services
Christine KenneyDepartment of Youth Services Representative
Janet SchwartzChair, Department of Consumer Sciences, Framingham State University
Christine Scirica, MD.Instructor & Pediatrician, Harvard Medical School
Pediatric Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Cystic Fibrosis
Arlene TierneyAdjunct Professor, American International College
Cynthia TomlinSchool Nurse, Ditson Elementary School, Billerica

Contact Information

Holly Alperin

Last Updated: February 13, 2015
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