On March 22-24, a Lock Haven University student, two LHU professors and two Williamsport Area High School students presented their research at the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America National Convention and Expo in Nashville Tennessee. Catherine Mohn, junior health science community and public health major; Drs. Jennifer Rudella and Beth McMahon, LHU professors; along with the two WAHS students were in attendance.
The group presented on youth focus group input regarding student attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that promote positive school and community culture in implementing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model developed by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016), suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24. Focus on the development of a positive school culture and climate was an emerging theme reported by participants.
“This conference provided a unique opportunity to network with national leaders in the field of health education, which will help me in my future profession,” Mohn said.
“As a new faculty member at Lock Haven University, presenting with Williamsport High School students alongside a Lock Haven University undergraduate student and faculty mentor was an enriching and liberating experience,” Rudella said.
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