The American School Health Association recently honored Black Hills State University assistant health professor Sandy Klarenbeek as a 2012 Fellow of the Association. This honor recognizes her academic achievements, her support of and participation in the association, and her professional contributions to school health.

Klarenbeek received the honor at the association’s conference held earlier this month in San Antonio, Texas. With the award, Klarenbeek now adds “FASHSA” to the notation of her academic degrees.

Klarenbeek has more than 25 years of teaching experience at both the public school level and the higher education level.  She has worked as health educator consultant with the South Dakota Department of Education for more than 15 years. Her past research includes working on the Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Building Community Supports for American Indian People with Diabetes, South Dakota Department of Health Healthy Communities Tobacco Intervention Program.

While attending the conference, Klarenbeek also presented a workshop titled: Literacy Connections:Analyzing Text Complexity of Literature Used to Teach Health Using the Common Core Standards and Tools.

Klarenbeek was installed as the Association’s Advocacy Chair and serves on the board of directors. The American School Health Association is the only school health professional association which encompasses all the professions in the coordinate school health model including school health coordinators, school nurses, mental and social health professionals, physicians, health educators, school administrators, nutrition services, and physical education teachers. The association’s mission is to build the capacity to plan, develop, coordinate, implement, evaluate and advocate for effective school health strategies that contribute to optimal health and academic outcomes for children and youth. The associate advocates for school health legislation at the national and state levels.