Speakers

Daniel Påhlsson

Licensensed psychologist, MSc Psych, board member of Psifos (the Swedish Psychological Association’s National Association for Preschool and School Psychologists)
Bollnäs municipality
Sweden

Presentation title: The daily work of a school psychologist

While psychologists have been a part of the Swedish school system since the 1950’s, the role of the school psychologist has only been mandated by law for less than ten years. Working as a school psychologist has since become an attractive option for many Swedish psychologists, but most of us have no former training in educational psychology, creating an unnecessary strain. As I break down the daily work of a school psychologist, I will also address how Psifos is working to bridge the gap between psychologists new to the job and the demands of the Swedish school system.   

Emmy Rastin

School Counselor
Västerås municipality
Sweden

Presentation title: The daily work of a school counselor

Emmy will talk about how she works with her colleagues in the student health team. She will briefly describe her role as a school counselor on the organizational, group and individual level. In addition, she will highlight the importance of cooperation with the students’ guardians and, most importantly, the students themselves.

Erin D. Maughan

PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, FNASN, FAAN
Adjunct Associate Professor, Georgetown University 
Director of Research, National Association of School Nurses
USA

Presentation title: Report from International School Nurse Research Consortium

To our knowledge, up to this time no international forum for school nursing research exists.  Erin will share the proceedings of the first International School Nurse Research Consortium that was held July 22, 2019 before School Nurse International began. The purpose of the gathering was fill a gap and to bring school nurse researchers from across the globe together to network and begin work on a shared research project that will help advance the profession of school nursing.

Hanne Nissen Bjørnsen

RN, MS, MPH, PhD. Assistant Professor and School Nurse.
Norwegian University of Technology and Science 
Trondheim Municipality, Children and Family Services
Norway

Presentation title: Promoting Adolescent Health: Mental Health Literacy and Evidence-Based School Health Services

This talk will be on mental health literacy as a concept and working strategy for school health services in promoting adolescent mental health. Research conducted in close collaboration with Norwegian school health services will be presented focusing on the relationship between positive mental health literacy and mental-wellbeing. 

Helka Widengren

School physician, Solna Municipality
Secretary of Research, Swedish Association of School Physicians
Sweden

Presentation title: The daily work of a school physician

In my everyday work I meet students from the age 6-18 and their guardians. I will talk about the contributions a school physician can make to improve health and help students reach the standardised goals in school. I will also give a brief history of the work of school physicians in Sweden.

Ing-Marie Littmann

Special education teacher
Acade Media
Sweden

Presentation title: The daily work and necessity of special education

As a primary teacher and later special education teacher I have been teaching pupils from the age of 7 to the age of 16. I have also served at the Swedish School Inspection, lead the central student health of AcadeMedia’s elementary schools and been compliance manager of AcadeMedia’s pre- and elementary schools. My lecture is about what special education teachers do and why we need special education teachers in both elementary and secondary schools.

Julia Muennich Cowell

PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, FAAN
Professor Emerita, Rush University College of Nursing
Executive Editor, The Journal of School Nursing
USA

Presentation title: Strategies for Scientific Publishing

The presentation will include the why, what and where to publish as well as steps in preparing manuscripts for publication. Participants will be guided in making clear problem statements as well as importance of using the literature to illuminate the significance of the problem. Once the problem and significance are clear, identifying the target audience guides the choice of journal. Careful use of a journal’s submission guidelines enhances the quality of the manuscript. The presentation will include use of reviewers’ critique for revision or re-working. Examples will be provided from adapted submissions to The Journal of School Nursing.

Karen F. Farrell

RN-BC BSN, MEd., CSN
School Nurses International
USA

Presentation title: SNI-History and Future

As the new leader of School Nurses International, I will welcome all the attendees of SNI 2019 and offer a brief history of School Nurses International, and talk about what the future may hold for us.

Kerstin Isaxon

Advisory manager, sexuality education
The Swedish Association for sexuality education (RFSU)
Sweden

Presentation title: “I felt shy, happy and curious” – meeting young people’s needs concerning sexuality and relationships

What are the common questions among youth concerning sexuality, their bodies and relationships? And how do you best answer them?

The Swedish Association (RFSU) has worked with sexuality education for both youth and adults since 1933. During this presentation I will share importans perspectives to bring into conversations about sexuality, bodies and relationships as well as provide concrete tools for both individual and group-conversations. 

Martha Dewey Bergren

Director, Advanced Population Health, Health Systems Leadership & Informatics
University of Illinois – Chicago
USA

Presentation title: Facilitating the exchange of evidence and data for school nursing to maximize child health and education 

School nurse scholars and practice leaders are passionate to improve child health and learning. After decades of struggling to breach the vacuum of data and evidence to advise practice and policy, progress has been made toward creating the infrastructure and tools necessary to move the science forward. It is essential to leverage this momentum and accelerate the transformation of data into information, information into knowledge and knowledge into quality school nurse practice.  

Pernilla Garmy

Senior Lecturer, School Nurse, RN, MSN, PhD
Kristianstad University / Lund University
Sweden

Presentation title: In search of the future school nurse

Health promotion and illness prevention are core concepts for school nurses globally. This lecture will focus on challenges and opportunities for school nurses to provide effective care in the future.

Petra Löfstedt

Public Health officer
Public Health Agency
Sweden

Presentation title: Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC), results from Sweden of the 2017/18 WHO study

The “Health Behaviour in School-aged Children” (HBSC) study is a collaborative World Health Organization (WHO) project. The first HBSC study was conducted in 1983/84. Sweden has been participating since 1985. It takes place every four years. The aim of the study is to gain new insights into young people’s lives and well-being, understand the social determinants of health, follow trends, and cross-country comparison. This seminar presents the latest results collected from 11, 13, and 15 year olds in November and December 2017 in Sweden. It includes data on self-reported health and well-being, social environments and health behaviours.

Susanne Ragnarsson

PhD student and School Nurse
Department of Epidemiology and Global Health
Umeå University
Sweden

Presentation title: Recurrent pain and children’s success in school

Recurrent pain is a prevalent health problem among school-age children that is associated with problems keeping up with schoolwork as well as a common reason for children to visit the school nurse. This seminar will give new insight in how recurrent pain may affect academic achievement among school-age children and how to use this knowledge to manage and prioritize the work within the school health service in regard to this group of children.

Valentina Baltag

Scientist, Adolescent Health
Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
World Health Organization
Switzerland

Presentation title: The global perspective on adolescent health, and the role of school health

The global population of adolescents has never been larger than it is now. The 1.2 billion adolescents in the world today represent more than one sixth (18%) of the global population. Most of them go to school. Globally, over 90% of children in the primary school age, and over 80% of children in the lower secondary school age are enrolled in school. This presentation will bring the global picture of adolescent health and development and will present the latest updates from the World Health Organization on strengthening the role of school health to make adolescents thrive. 

Presentation title: Making every school a health promoting school: a new initiative to promote adolescent health

WHO and UNESCO are launching a new initiative “Making Every School a Health Promoting School” through the development and promotion of Global Standards for Health Promoting Schools. The initiative will serve over 2.3 billion school-age children. A standards-driven approach towards the implementation of this recommendation, and strengthening the role of school health services, will accelerate global progress. In this presentation participants will learn about the objectives and the expected outputs of the initiative including a guideline for school health services, and will understand the key milestones for which their inputs will be sought to inform the initiative.