Online Program

Advocacy: Speak out for student health loudly, often, and strategically


Anne Sheetz, MPH, RN, NEA-BC, former Director of School Health Services for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, shares her expertise and encouragement for speaking publicly and effectively about student health issues and the school nurse role.  This presentation was provided at the Northeastern University School Health Academy summer conference in August, 2017 in Hyannis, MA.  The focus is on advocacy efforts generally with examples from Ms.Sheetz’s experience with Massachusetts and several other states.


Cost: Free

Contact Hours 0.0


As a result of participating in this online program, the participant will be able to:
1. identify 2 published research articles that support the value of having a full-time nurse in every school every day.
2. identify 5 strategies for increasing public awareness of student health issues and the school nurse role
3. describe how changes in the Medicaid Free Care Rule might impact payment of school health services
4. commit to 1 interaction with 1 decision maker to advocate for student health and school health services


Anne H. Sheetz, MPH, BSN, RN, NEA-BC

  • 1989-2013 Director of School Health Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health 
  • 1971-1986 Massachusetts General Hospital Chairman of the Pediatric Nursing Service
  • Published author on more than 30 articles in journals including Amercian Academy of Pediatrics, British Journal of School Nursing, Journal of School Health, Journal of School Nursing, Preventive Medicine
  • Regular presenter at national conferences:  American Public Health Association, American School Health Association, National Association of School Nurses, National Association of State School Nurse Consultants

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

The Northeastern University School Health Academy and Ms. Anne Sheetz have no relevant financial relationships to declare and did not receive commercial support for the development, implementation, or evaluation of this online program.

Continuing Education Information:

ANCC Provider Statement

Northeastern University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  

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