2019 Arkansas PTA Legislative Conference

Resources on adverse childhood experiences:

Sesame Street in Communities: Age-appropriate resources and tools to help parents and providers work with children on topics such as resilience, grief, trauma, and dealing with divorce and incarceration.

ACEs Too High: Provides information on ACEs, including the latest research

Paper Tigers: A documentary set within and around the campus of Lincoln Alternative High School in the rural community of Walla Walla, Washington, Paper Tigers asks the following questions: What does it mean to be a trauma-informed school? And how do you educate teens whose childhood experiences have left them with a brain and body ill-suited to learn?Type your paragraph here.

Early Child Social-Emotional Problems and Child Obesity: Exploring the Protective Role of a Primary Care-Based General Parenting Intervention

The Arkansas PTA Legislative Day Conference will be held January 25, 2019. Please save the date and check back for registration and all the necessary info. 

Other Events

In an effort to better understand the health and wellness needs of Arkansas students, Arkansas PTA was excited to host a Healthcare Forum...


We hosted guest speakers who work closely in the field of:

  • Priority Area 1 – Physical Education and Physical Activity in Schools / School Nutrition Environment and Services / Out of School Time Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Patty Barker - Hunger Relief Alliance, No Kid Hungry Campaign

Emily S. English MPS, MPH - Arkansas Garden Corps, Arkansas Farm to School

Dr. Brett Stone- Healthy Active Arkansas, Priority 4 Lead  (Physical Activity in Schools: Early Child Care through College)

Lisa Mundy, Coordinated School Health Director

  • Priority Area 2 – Sexual Health / Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted  infections (STI), including HIV infection

Danny Harris - Statewide Outreach and Prevention Coordinator ARcare Special Services
Gretchen Jaco, RN - ARcare Special Services, Creator "Generation NEXT" Youth Program
Theresa Parrish- Arkansas Coalition for Healthy Youth Coalition, Representative of Our Whole Lives (OWL): Lifespan Sexuality Education

  • Priority Area 3 – Immunizations

Jennifer Dillaha, MD - Medical Advisor for Health Literacy and Communication, Arkansas Department of Health
Heather Mercer - Arkansas Immunization Action Coalition

  • Priority Area 4 – Mental Health / Bullying / School Health Services for Managing Chronic Conditions / Counseling, Psychological and Social Services

Betsy Kindall, Ed.D - Arkansas Department of Education, OUR Educational Cooperative
Janie Ginocchio, MPA - Arkansas Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience Workgroup
Cheria Lindsey, BSN, RN - Arkansas School Nurses Association
Alan Mease, MD, Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Health, Arkansas Department of Health


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2018 Arkansas PTA Legislative Conference