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With just two weeks before our annual school health conference in partnership with the American School Health Association (ASHA), we are busy finalizing session and event details designed to highlight the amazing work happening in Oregon's school-based health field. Be sure to register by October 1 - we hope to see you there!

Register for the Statewide Youth Action Council's Pre-Conference Workshop!

Thursday, October 9, 1-4 pm

Eye to Eye-Discussing Sensitive Topics with Youth: Our Youth Action Council (YAC) members will discuss strategies to becoming an adult ally to youth with health concerns. Based on the highly effective Adolescent Health Care Communication Project, this training features two components. Part A is a hands-on session that gives participants an opportunity to practice their interpersonal skills as youth trainers role-play a teen "character" presenting issues common to their peers. After performing their characters, the youth trainers offer feedback to the providers on the questions asked, body language, listening skills, information provided, and confidentiality, along with other important forms of communication. For Part B, youth discuss the importance of confidentiality, a non-judgmental attitude, and body language and speech that resonate with teens. Read more and register!

Just for SBHC Staff

We reviewed the agenda for you and pulled out some highlights. We've got great sessions scheduled for Friday, October 10:

Linking Adolescents to Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare: The Project Connect Model 

Effective School-Based Partnerships for Mental Health Promotion and Intervention (presented by the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance)  

Local School Wellness Policy 2.0 - Ready, Set, Implement! 

CDC School Health Program Update Health Self-Advocates: A Health Literacy Approach to Empowering our Youth   

Bridging the Development of Health-Related Skills and Behavior Change of Students in the Classroom   

School and Community Partnerships that Work: The Integrated Community Engagement Intervention (ICE)

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Keynote Highlights Milwaukie High School

Friday's keynote session will feature Milwaukie High School's Principal Mark Pinder and Assistant Principal Michael Ralls sharing their success improving achievement and graduation rates through a coordinated school health model. Milwaukie High School was ASCD's 2013 Vision in Action Award Winner.

CORE Grantees - We've got you covered!

Since 2007, OSBHA’s CORE grant program has helped SBHCs begin or increase activities related to social health, healthy relationships, and/or sexual health among adolescents. Through grant funding, technical assistance and training, and fostering collaborative partnerships with agencies addressing adolescent social and sexual health initiatives at the state level, OSBHA provides the support needed for SBHCs to accomplish this goal. OSBHA’s annual conference helps facilitate networking and professional development among CORE grantees.

The following workshops are highly recommended for SBHCs interested in beginning/increasing activities related to adolescent social and sexual health:

Linking Adolescents to Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare: The Project Connect Model 

Area-Specific Self-Esteem and Adolescent Sexual Behavior

Qualitative Analysis of's Hookup Text Messages and Blogs

Adolescent Cultural and Gender Differences Related to Condom Use and Partner Perceptions

Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Curricula: Inclusion of National Health Education Standards

Engaging and Meeting the Needs of Teen Moms

Procedures versus Policy: Small Steps for Smarter Sex Education in Schools

Graduating Sexperts: The New National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education

School-Based Services for Young Men Who Have Sex with Men

Promoting Safe Schools and Mental Health Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning (LGBQ) Youth

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Legislator of the Year

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR, 1st District)
Presented by ASHA's Advocacy Committee, the Legislator of the Year Award recognizes a state or federal legislator who has a record of supporting issues related to school health and/or take an important stand on school health issues during a particular legislative session. The award will be presented on Saturday, October 11 during the conference luncheon.

Great reasons to stay at the Hilton!

  • The discounted room rate is $145 (compared to $219)!
  • Convenience! Just take the elevator to conference sessions and events.
  • Complimentary internet in your room.
  • It makes networking easy - most attendees will be staying in the room block.
  • The Hilton is in the heart of downtown Portland! Don't wait... the room block closes Wednesday, September 24. Book your room today!

Registration Fees

Full Conference Single Day
Members: $395 Members: $210
Nonmembers: $545 Nonmembers: $315
Nonmember Student: $155  Nonmember Student: $80

Review the complete fee schedule

Registration tips: OSBHA members will receive the ASHA member rate for the conference. Identify OSBHA as your member organization when completing the registration form!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Review the complete sponsor and exhibitor list. Some sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are still available!  For information contact Rafael Otto, community affairs director, 503.719.4515.