The WholeHealthED Journey Begins at the Inaugural Symposium: June 15, 2018
Our goal of providing students a competency in health during their years of formal education took an important first step June 15 at Georgetown University, at WholeHealthED 2018, our inaugural symposium for leaders in school wellness programs and healthcare services and programs devoted to improving kids’ health.
This gathering was the first opportunity for wellness program developers, advocates and school coordinators to meet and consider the complementary goals and outcomes that their work has been delivering in U.S. elementary and secondary schools, some for many years. Very few have ever had the occasion to meet before.
In the words of David Sobel of Antioch University New England, and a long-time leader in nature education for young children: “It was a great opportunity for me to talk to folks outside of the fields I normally operate in.”
The symposium agenda was designed in large part to make these introductions. This unprecedented mash-up (as it was called) of wellness program leaders with school-based healthcare professionals and pediatricians created a new kind of conversation among fields that are commitment to improving children’s health.
The symposium was made possible by a generous grant from the Marino Health Foundation of Cambridge, MA which also played an important role in the 2000’s developing integrative medicine and health clinical capabilities that are advancing whole person healthcare in medicine.