Oral Session: CDC Resources: School Health

March 20, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

1.0 Advanced

Moderator: Danielle Brittain, PhD 

What Everyone Ought to Know About CDC's School Health Index
Chris Kissler, MPH

Tell Me More:  What Is the CDC’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

Speaker: Melissa Fahrenbruch, MEd

Learning Objectives: 

1) Understand the structure and use of the HECAT and identify how the components are related to the tool. 

2) Describe how to use HECAT with teacher preparation programs in local school districts. 

3) Identify what is the School Health Index and how it aligns with the WSCC Model as well as how it brings member of your school community together to promote health and positively influence student outcomes. 

4) Understand the importance and

Chris Kissler, MPH

Project Officer, School Health Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chris serves as a Project Officer within CDC’s School Health Branch overseeing grants focusing on physical education/physical activity, school nutrition, management of chronic health conditions, and out of school time.  He has over 27 years of experience working in public health programs at the local, state, and federal levels. Chris earned a bachelor's degree in Community Health Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree in Public Health Practice from the University of South Florida.

Danielle Brittain, PhD (Moderator)

Melissa Fahrenbruch BS, MEd

Program and Professional Development Team Lead

Melissa Fahrenbruch BS, MEd is the Program and Professional Development Team Lead in the Division of Population Health’s School Health Branch, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Melissa earned a BS in Education from the University of Nebraska, and a master’s in educational leadership from Doane College.  She has over 25 years of experience in the education field as a teacher, coach and as a high school principal. Her school health expertise led her to Kansas and was the Director of CDC’s Coordinated School Health Program in the early 2000s. She then moved to Atlanta to serve as a Project Officer of that program which led her to her current position as team lead.  Melissa currently oversees two school health cooperative agreements for states and national organizations and is the lead for internal and external professional development events for CDC staff and funded partners. 

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