Coordinated School Health, Niswonger Children’s Hospital host back-to-school event

8/3/2012


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. –The Johnson City and Washington County Coordinated School Health (CSH) programs and Niswonger Children’s Hospital will host the Back 2 School Bash this Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the MSHA Athletics Center on the campus of East Tennessee State University.

Back 2 School Bash is a fun, family event that provides many of the materials and resources that families need to be ready for the 2012-13 school year. Students and parents are invited to come to the event and find out everything they need to know to make sure that they are ready to start school. In addition to accessing resources such as required immunizations, health screenings and learning about available school programs, kids will have a great time with activities, crafts and inflatables. In addition to school-based information and resources, representatives from Niswonger Children’s Hospital and other community agencies will be available to provide information about health resources and programs offered in the region.

According to Shannon Bishop with the Washington County Department of Education’s CSH program, “Community collaboration is a very big part of what Coordinated School Health is all about. For children to be successful in school it is important that they are able to start their school year off in a positive way.”

Beth Cox, event co-chair and coordinator for the Johnson City School System’s CSH program added, “We tend to think about school supplies at the beginning of the school year, and these are important, but a child’s overall health is a very important factor as well. The 2012 Back 2 School Bash is our first year’s attempt to bring together those in the community who care about these needs and try to make an impact in a big way.”

For more information about the Back 2 School Bash, call the Washington County CSH office at 423-434-4920 or the Johnson City CSH office at 423-794-8005.

About Mountain States Health Alliance

Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit www.msha.com.

About Tennessee Coordinated School Health

Tennessee Coordinated School Health (CSH) is an effective approach designed to connect health (physical, emotional and social) with learning. CSH improves children’s health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities and the schools working together. The Tennessee Department of Education works in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to implement Coordinated School Health in Tennessee.

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