Many thanks to the American School Health Association Board of Directors and Awards Committee! I was named a Fellow at ASHA’s Annual School Health Conference on Oct 3, 2019, in Cincinnati, OH.
Imagine my excitement when I received a letter that began with this:
I am delighted to inform you that the Awards Committee and Board of Directors of the American School Health Association (ASHA) have declared you a 2019 Fellow of the Association. This honor recognizes your academic attainments, your support of and participation in the association, and your professional contributions to school health. This award entitles you to add to the notation of your academic degrees the letters “FASHA.”
During my 21-year membership, ASHA has provided me with a professional home and a family of passionate and committed people who are devoted to advancing school health across the nation, and even the world. Through their publications, conferences, and networking opportunities, I have learned much and expanded my vision for what school health can do. I am so grateful to my fellow ASHA members for sharing their expertise and insights.
It has also been my honor to be engaged and contributing to ASHA’s work in a variety of ways:
- Member of the Sexuality and Reproductive Health Council
- ASHA Conference presenter, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
- Board of Directors, 2017-2018
- Chair of the Advocacy and Coalitions Committee, 2017-2018
- Member of the Professional Development Committee, 2019
I’m also grateful to my friend and colleague, Laurie Bechhofer, HIV/STD Education Consultant for the Michigan Department of Education. She is the person who first encouraged me to do conference presentations. We have done many together over the years. Laurie also nominated me for this Fellow award. In her nomination letter, Laurie stated, “Sellers is a relentless advocate for the health and well-being of young people.” This is a goal I take very seriously, and I will continue to work hard for kids.
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If you are engaged in any aspect of school health, I encourage you to join the American School Health Association. It is a great professional home for health educators, physical educators, school nurses, school counselors and social workers, classroom teachers, administrators, professors and students, and anyone who wants to help schools be safe and healthy for all students. Check us out!
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