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About the Authors of Health Is Academic

Twenty-three authors from the fields of education, health, and community development discuss the components of a coordinated school health program, steps schools can take to create a program, and how universities and state, local and national agencies can support schools.

Howard Adelman, Ph.D.

Howard Adelman, a psychologist, pursues interests in educational reform, with emphasis on improving interventions for students with learning, behavior, and emotional problems. In 1986, with Dr. Linda Taylor, he established the School Mental Health Project at UCLA to focus on school-based programs, which in 1995 became the Center for Mental Health in Schools, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Dr. Adelman is involved with national initiatives to enhance school and community efforts to address barriers to student learning and enhance the healthy development of children, families, and the professionals who serve them. Dr. Adelman has published extensively, including books such as Learning Problems and Learning Disabilities: Moving Forward,and On Understanding Intervention in Psychology and Education,both co-authored with Dr. Linda Taylor.

John P. Allegrante, Ph.D.

John P. Allegrante is professor of health education at Teachers College, Columbia University. As director of the Center for Health Promotion, a multidisciplinary research and development group he helped establish in 1981, he has led the development of the college's program of research in health promotion and education. Dr. Allegrante holds a joint appointment in Columbia's faculty of medicine as a professor of clinical public health in sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health and is an adjunct professor of behavorial science in the Department of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.  He has published numerous articles and scientific papers in leading journals of health education, public health, and medicine.   School-Site Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff: A Key Component of the Coordinated School Health Programappeared recently in the Journal of School Health.   He is past president of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).

Dorothy Caldwell, M.S., R.D.

Dorothy Caldwell is deputy administrator for special nutrition programs at USDA's Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, where she oversees 13 of the 15 nutrition assistance programs administered by the agency.  Prior to that appointment, she served two years as special assistant for nutrition and nutrition education in the Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, USDA.  She is a former director of child nutrition for the Arkansas Department of Education, which she joined in 1988.   Her work focused on promotion of the team approach to child nutrition as part of school health.  During her tenure, school breakfast programs expanded from fewer than 50 percent of the schools in the state to more than 95 percent.  Ms. Caldwell is the author of Nutrition Integrity, a chapter inManaging Child Nutrition Programs:   Leadership for Excellence,by Martin and Conklin, published in 1999.  Ms. Caldwell has served as a member of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Comprehensive School Health Programs, the National Coordinating Committee for School Health, and the Advisory Board of the National Food Service Management Institute.  She is past president of the American School Food Service Association and the School Food Service Foundation.

Pauline Carlyon, M.P.H., M.S.

Pauline Carlyon is retired from Johnson & Johnson Health Management, Inc. in Santa Monica, California, where she provided consultation and administrative services for health education and promotion to Fortune 500 client companies. From 1975 to 1980, Ms. Carlyon directed the Comprehensive School/Community Health Education Project for the National Congress of Parents and Teachers. Earlier, she spent six years as program director for family life education in the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, Michigan Department of Public Health, and eight years on the health education faculty of the State University of New York College at Cortland.

William Carlyon, Ph.D.

William Carlyon is a writer, editor, and health education consultant. He is a former director of the American Medical Association's (AMA) Department of Health Education. While at the AMA, he served as secretary to its committees on school and college health and on exercise and physical fitness. He was also responsible for planning the AMA's biennial conferences on physicians and schools.

Paula Duncan, M.D.

Paula Duncan is principal assistant to the Secretary, Agency for Human Services in Vermont. Prior to that she was maternal and child health (MCH) director for the Vermont Department of Health. Dr. Duncan is a pediatrician with subspecialty fellowship training in adolescent medicine and neonatology. She was on the full-time faculty in pediatrics at Stanford University for five years, and the University of Vermont School of Medicine for three years. She taught adolescent medicine and school health, and her research focused on the healthy development and parenting of young adolescents. At the national level, Dr. Duncan has been chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics School Health Committee and co-chaired the Pediatric Leadership Conference on School Health, as well as the Health Futures 2 Conference.  Her current position focuses on improving youth outcomes through community development and positive youth development.

Joyce V. Fetro, Ph.D., C.H.E.S.

Joyce Fetro is an associate professor in the Department of Health Education and Recreation at Southern Illinois University. Previously she was supervisor of school health programs for the San Francisco Unified School District, responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating the district's comprehensive school health program.   In addition to numerous articles in professional journals, chapters in books, and national presentations, she is author of Step by Step to Health Promoting Schools: A Guide to Implementing Coordinating School Health Programs in Local School Districts,and Personal and Social Skills-Levels I-III,and Personal and Social Competence.

Brenda Z. Greene, M.F.A.

Brenda Z. Greene is Director, School Health Programs at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) in Alexandria, Virginia.  Ms. Greene has been responsible for NSBA's school health initiatives since 1987.  She oversees NSBA's information dissemination, technical assistance, and training related to school policies and programs on such topics as HIV/STDs, teen pregnancy prevention, promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, tobacco use prevention, and coordinated school health programs.   Previously, Ms. Greene served as Manager, Editorial Services, with responsibility for NSBA's school policy publications and services.  Ms. Greene has authored many articles on school health and education policy topics.  Among the many local committees on which Ms. Greene serves is the Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools School Health Advisory Committee.

Alan Henderson, Dr.P.H., C.H.E.S.

Alan Henderson is a professor in the Health Science Department at California State University, Long Beach. He is a founder of California's LEAD in Health Forum for School Health and is a member of the steering committee for the California Department of Education's "Building a Blueprint for Comprehensive School Health."  Dr. Henderson has worked with schools and school districts in the west and midwest to improve health education programs. He authored Healthy Schools, Healthy Futures: The Case for Improving School Environments,and a chapter on healthy school environments in The Comprehensive School Health Challenge.He chairs the California Coalition for Comprehensive School Health Education, an initiative of the California Division of the American Cancer Society. He also has served as a consultant to health services agencies, corporations, and public health departments.

Judith B. Igoe, R.N., M.S., F.A.A.N.

Judith Igoe is an associate professor and the director of the Office of School Health at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Earlier, she directed the school nurse practitioner program, which originated at the university in 1969. Currently, she directs a national school health services resource and technical assistance center partially supported by HRSA, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. With colleagues throughout the country, Ms. Igoe is now working on the development of evidence-based National Guidelines for Health and Safety in Schools. A member of numerous associations active in school health issues, she has served on the Institute of Medicine's School Health Study Committee, the American Academy of Nursing's Expert Panel on Adolescent Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics' School Health Subcommittee on School Health Education.

David K. Lohrmann, Ph.D., C.H.E.S

David Lohrmann is director of the Evaluation Consultation Center at the Academy for Educational Development (AED) in Washington, D.C. Before joining AED in 1993, Dr. Lohrmann was a high school health education teacher and a member of the faculties at Syracuse University and the University of Georgia. Dr. Lohrmann has served in leadership positions with numerous national and state professional organizations. Most recently, he was a member of the Joint Committee on National Health Education Standards, which developed content standards for students and opportunity-to-learn standards for states and school districts.

Eva Marx, M.H.S.M.

Eva Marx is a school health consultant whose clients include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and national organizations such as the American Cancer Society, National Education Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, and American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She was formerly employed by Education Development Center, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts where she directed the CDC-funded project that supported the development of the book Health Is Academic. She also coordinated the development and management of the Comprehensive School Health Education Network, which provided training and technical assistance to all state and territorial education agencies in the United States. Ms. Marx developed and edited the nationally distributed newsletter,School Health Program News. She was responsible for the development of Talking About Health Is Academic, workshop modules for promoting a coordinated approach to school health.  She also co-authored Educating for Health: A Guide for Implementing Comprehensive School Health Education, which discusses how school districts can initiate and maintain school health activities, and Choosing the Tools: A Review of Selected K-12 Health Education Curricula to assist local curriculum decisionmaking.

Her most recent publications are two articles in the March 2000 issue of Educational Leadership, the journal of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.  These articles are "Partnerships to Keep Students Health" with Daphne Northrop, and "Finding the Funds for Health Resources" with Jenny Osorio and Louise Bauer.

Alice R. McCarthy, Ph.D.

Alice R. McCarthy is an educator, researcher, and writer on the area of the family and family health, including human growth over the life span and curriculum development. She has written a curriculum for families, Parents as Partners:  Keeping Kids Healthy,based on nationally distributed health curricula.  She has also prepared a national curriculum in health for students in grades K-6, entitled Health 'n Me!   The third edition of her book Healthy Teens: Facing the Challenges of Young Lives was published in early 2000.  She is the co-chairman of a national panel to set guidelines in Family and Community Involvement in school health, mental health, and safety for the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Nurses Association.  Dr. McCarthy is the executive editor and published of the Health Newsletters, published since 1992, that reach 1.2 million families yearly in six editions.  The newsletters serve parents and caregivers with children in grades preK-3, 4-5, and 6-8.   Dr. McCarthy is conducting several research and evaluation projects related to children's health and health education.

Kristine I. McCoy, M.P.H.

Kristine McCoy is former coordinator of school health programs for the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, a staff office of the U.S. Public Health Service in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.  Ms. McCoy was the primary staff person for the Interagency Committee on School Health and the National Coordinating Committee on School Health, committees co-sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Agriculture.

Floretta Dukes McKenzie, Ed.D.

Floretta Dukes McKenzie is chair and ECO of The McKenzie Group, Inc., a comprehensive education consulting firm to both public and private organizations. Before starting the firm in 1988, Dr. McKenzie served seven years as superintendent for the District of Columbia Public Schools. She was deputy assistant secretary in the Office of School Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, from 1979 to 1981. In this capacity, she administered 15 federal education discretionary programs and initiatives and directed the department’s efforts to improve schools in areas ranging from basic skills instruction to women's educational equity.  Earlier, she was deputy superintendent of the Maryland State Department of Education.

Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Marion Nestle has been professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University since 1988. Her research focuses on factors that influence the development and acceptance of federal dietary guidance policies. She taught nutrition at Brandeis University, and from 1976 to 1986 was associate dean at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, where she directed a nutrition education training program for health professionals. From 1986 to 1988, she was staff director for nutrition policy in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Department of Health and Human Services, and served as managing editor of the 1988 Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health. Her most recent publication is an article with Michael Jacobson on public health approaches to obesity prevention in Public Health Reports, January/February 2000.

Patricia Nichols, M.S., C.H.E.S.

Patricia Nichols is the supervisor for comprehensive programs in health and early childhood at the Michigan Department of Education. In this capacity, Ms. Nichols oversees programs in school health, including comprehensive school health education, physical education, and HIV prevention education. As project manager for the department’s coordinated school health program infrastructure project, she coordinates efforts to build state-level support for school health programs with her counterpart in the state’s public health agency.

Daphne Northrop, B.A.

Daphne Northrop is managing editor for Editing and Design Services at Education Development Center, Inc., (EDC), in Newton, Massachusetts.  Ms. Northrop is co-editor of Health Is Academic and co-editor of School Health Program News, a newsletter about school health issues, resources, and events for school health professionals. She is also co-author of Educating For Health: A Guide to Implementing Comprehensive School Health Education, a manual for school districts, and Education and Health: Partners in School Reform, developed for the BellSouth Foundation as part of the New Partnerships Network. Before joining EDC, Ms. Northrop was director of publications and information at the Harvard School of Public Health. She also has been an editor and reporter for several newspapers.

Julius B. Richmond, M.D.

Julius Richmond is John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy Emeritus in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In 1965, while Dr. Richmond was chair of the Pediatrics Department and dean of the School of Medicine at the State University of New York at Syracuse, he was called to Washington to direct the Head Start Program. He also served as director for Health Affairs, which initiated the Neighborhood Health Centers Program for the Office of Economic Opportunity. He returned to Syracuse in 1967. In 1971 he joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School as Professor of Child Psychiatry and Human Development and became director of the Judge Baker Guidance Center and chief of psychiatry at the Children's Hospital. Dr. Richmond served as Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, and Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service from 1977 to 1981. Under his leadership, the agency published Healthy People: The Surgeon General's Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Werner Rogers, Ed.D.

Werner Rogers is Visiting Professor of Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University and consults with businesses that work in the educational arena.    Previously, he was executive director of Georgia Public Broadcasting and president of the Foundation for Public Broadcasting in Georgia and Georgia’s state school superintendent from 1986 to 1995. Dr. Rogers was a founding partner of The Family Connection, a public-private partnership to ensure children’s academic success through coordination and integration of services and pooling of resources. He served twice as president of the Council of Chief State School Officers. During his tenure, he spearheaded efforts to encourage collaboration among the various services for children and families.

Daryl E. Rowe, Dr.P.H., R.E.H.S.

Daryl Rowe is the biological safety officer and an adjunct professor of environmental health science at the University of Georgia. He teaches courses in environmental health science, including a course on the instructional environment. Dr. Rowe’s interest in school health began early in his public health career and continues as part of his activities in biological safety. He is the author of several articles and book chapters, and speaks frequently on biological safety and environmental health issues. He is a certified/registered professional in biological safety, environmental health and safety management, and a diplomat of the American Academy of Sanitarians.

Vern D. Seefeldt, Ph.D.

Vern Seefeldt is a professor and director emeritus of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University. He taught high school science and elementary school physical education in the Wisconsin public schools before assuming his position as a specialist in motor development at the university in 1966. As chair of the Michigan Governor’s Council on Health, Physical Activity, and Sports, Dr. Seefeldt initiated a longitudinal effort to develop a model for performance-based physical education programs in the state. The focus of his 142 professional publications has been on the importance of motor skill acquisition and physical fitness in programs for all children and youth.   Dr. Seefeldt is the author of Youth Sports In America: An Overview, a chapter in Toward a Better Understanding of Physical Fitness and Activity,by Corbin and Pangrazi, published in 1999.

Donald Ben Sweeney, M.A.

Don Sweeney is manager of the school health unit at the Michigan Department of Community Health, and co-director of the Michigan Comprehensive School Health Infrastructure Project. He has worked extensively in the field of health education since 1972, with a recent focus on school health curriculum development and collaboration. He is one of the originators of the Michigan Model for Comprehensive School Health Education, a nationally recognized collaborative effort that works with seven state agencies and 115 voluntary and professional groups to deliver school health programs.

Susan F. Wooley, Ph.D., C.H.E.S.

Susan Wooley, executive director of the American School Health Association, has consulted in health education for local, state, and national organizations.  As a health education specialist at the CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), Dr. Wooley managed cooperative agreements with state and local education agencies and national organizations. In addition, she reviewed DASH-supported publications and coordinated a project for identifying curricula that favorably impact behaviors that put young people at risk.  Dr. Wooley spent four years on a curriculum development project for elementary schools, Science for Life and Living: Integrating Science, Technology and Health. Her first experience in curriculum development was as editor of a health newsletter that she developed for children in grades K-4 with the Delaware Department of Public Instruction.



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