Sandy Klarenbeek, instructor of health education at Black Hills State University, was elected president of the Coordinated School Health section (CSH) at the American School Health Association’s (ASHA) 82nd annual conference recently held in Tampa, Fla.

The mission of ASHA is to protect and promote the health of children and youth by supporting coordinated school health programs as a foundation for school success.  The CSH section is the largest and fastest growing section of ASHA. The focus of the organization is to advance the coordinated school health process by every school having a health coordinator who facilitates the process of conducting needs assessment, using data to develop planning initiatives, implementation and evaluation. Professionals both in the United States and internationally are actively involved in support and promotion of Coordinated School Health to improve the health and well-being of children and youth.

Klarenbeek is developing templates which include books, summaries, and discussion questions aligned to health content and health skill standards. Vocabulary, resources, and assessments are also included on the templates. The plan is to provide teachers of all grade levels the teaching materials and reduce the preparation time needed yet, teach reading literacy and health literacy at the same time.

Klarenbeek has also been elected to the leadership role of chair of the steering committee for the Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP), this is part of the Chief Council of State School Officers/ State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (CCSSO/SCASS).

The mission of the project is to develop effective health education assessment resources through a collaborative process, and to increase member’s capacity to align curriculum, instruction, and assessment to improve student health literacy through improved health education instruction.

Klarenbeek has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2001.  She has bachelor’s degree in home economics from Westmar College, and her master’s in home economics from South Dakota State University.