Healthy Readers

Archived Healthy Readers Webinars

In August, this webinar series was called Building Bigger Tents & Stronger Bridges. The name was changed to Constituency Engagement in September. Regardless of the name, this webinar series is focused on helping you connect to other initiatives and efforts. The August webinar turned to the issue of children's health. As you may recall from the Communities Network Conference in Denver, Ralph challenged all charter members to consider how children's health impacts and relates to the three pillars of the campaign: school attendance, school readiness, and summer learning. 

Listen to the recordingreview the slide deck, and read the Growing Healthy Readers Starter Kit.

This webinar, the second in a series on linking children’s health and learning in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, presented an introduction to the importance of Children Born Healthy.  Presenters highlighted the successful work of the B'More for Healthy Babies initiative in Baltimore, offered models for linking Sponsoring Coalitions and health partners and identified data sources for tracking health status at this developmental stage.

Listen to the recording and review the slide deck.

This webinar, the third in a series on linking children’s health and learning in the  Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, presented an introduction to the importance of Children Thriving Three. Developmental screening is a simple and effective way to contribute to children's healthy development at this stage by identifying those who have issues with learning, development and behavior that could benefit from early intervention.  The webinar featured presenters from Iowa’s nationally recognized 1st Five model, and shared lessons learned from one urban demonstration site.  Iowa, over 90 percent of children ages birth to 5 are seen by a primary provider. This high frequency of family contact gives health providers the unique opportunity to play a key role in early identification and follow-up for children’s developmental concerns. 

Listen to the recording and review the slide deck. Also, see this 12 month Well Child Questionnaire which assesses extracted parent stress, caregiver depression, and social-emotional milestones from the Child Health & Development Record (CHDR), as well as this referral form from 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative in Iowa.


Ready at Five: Healthy Homes for Healthy Learners--Reducing Asthma and Lead Poisoning

This webinar, the fourth in a series on linking children’s health and learning in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, presented an introduction to the importance of Children Ready at Five. Presenter highlighted community models for promoting healthy home environments and reducing the risk of lead poisoning and asthma triggers.  Small children are particularly susceptible to lead exposure because of their rapidly developing brains, and lead poisoning can have detrimental effects on their ability to grow and learn. Environmental triggers for asthma increase the likelihood that children will lose valuable learning time. The webinar offered effective models and suggestions for key local and state partners to address these issues.

Links to resources:

Review the slide deck. Unfortunately, there was a technical error and a recording is not available for this webinar. 


Present and Engaged in the Early Grades: Improving Health to Increase School Attendance 

This webinar, the fifth in the series on Growing Healthy Readers, focused on the connection between health and school attendance. Co-produced by the Healthy Readers Team of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Attendance Works, it highlighted strategies for reducing absenteeism due to preventable health issues. Jessica Tovar, Project Manager for the Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma, described how LBACA works with schools and community partners to reduce school absenteeism and hospitalizations due to asthma.  Dr. Jill Kerr, family nurse practitioner, described her research demonstrating that outreach by school nurses to parents of chronically absent students in the early grades can significantly improve school attendance. Check out these valuable strategies, approaches, partnerships, and resources for improving health and learning: Download the slide deck for this webinar or View the recording.

Additional Resources and Tools You Can Use:

Asthma Management:
•  Long Beach (CA) Alliance for Children with Asthma:
•  Managing Asthma in the School Environment, EPA, 2010:
•  IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Tools for Schools Action Kit, EPA, 2010:
•  Asthma: (Resource Page for) Schools and Childcare Providers, Centers for Disease Control:

•  State of the Air 2012, American Lung Association:

School Nurses:

•Does Contact by a Family Nurse Practitioner Decrease Early School Absence? -Article by Jill Kerr, Marva Price, Jonathan Kotch, Stephanie Willis, Michael Fisher and Susan Silva, The Journal of School Nursing published online 14 September 2011


Growing Healthy Readers Starter Kit


Healthy Readers Team Biographies.pdf