* Purdue School of Nursing

June 12, 2007

First national nursing colloquium will be held at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University will be the host site the first National Nursing Coalition for School Health Colloquium on Friday (June 15).

The colloquium will focus on care of school-aged children and teens, said Julie Novak, professor and head of Purdue's School of Nursing and associate dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences.

"Topics for podium and poster presentations will include cultural diversity, disaster preparedness, avian influenza readiness, health and developmental aspects, and the management of chronic conditions of this population," she said.

The colloquium will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Biomedical Engineering Building.

School nurses, public health nurses, pediatric nurses and others who care for school-aged children and teens are invited to attend.

Mary Hill, deputy health commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health, will give the keynote address titled, "School Health Update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

Additional speakers include:

* Julia Muennich Cowell, professor and chair of Community and Mental Health Nursing at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. "Effectiveness of a Linked Home Visiting and After-school Program for Mexican Immigrant Mothers and Their Children."

* Marti Burns, project manager of Purdue's Homeland Security Institute, will present a tabletop simulation exercise for school health disaster preparedness.

A poster session will feature each of the coalition member organizations, faculty, students and other conference participants describing their school health programs and research.

Representatives from each of the eight member nursing organizations are: American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, American School Health Association, Hispanic Nurses Association, National Assembly on School-Based Health Care, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, National Association of School Nurses, National Association of State School Nurse Consultants, National Nursing Coalition for School Health.

For questions and registration information, contact Roxanne Martin at or (765) 494-4003.

Colloquium sponsors include the Purdue School of Nursing, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, and the Purdue Homeland Security Institute.

Writer: Elizabeth Gardner, (765) 494-2081,

Source: Julie Novak, (765) 494-6644,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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