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45th Annual School Health Conference

Friday, July 21, 2023 | 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Children’s Mercy Research Institute
2401 Gillham Road | Kansas City, MO 64018

This annual conference is for school nurses and school health professionals who are providing care for children in the school setting. The focus of the conference this year is on current mental and physical health issues. Attendees can expect interactive presentations, an interactive Expo with educational exhibits and hands-on skills stations with pediatric and community experts, and networking opportunities throughout the conference. The goal is to provide tools and resources to enhance nursing practice in the school setting.

Target audience

School nurses, health aides and other health professionals dedicated to providing care for children in the school setting.

8:00 a.m.
Expo and Continental Breakfast

9:50 a.m.

10:00 a.m.
Collaborating to Care for Children with Medical Complexity
Emily Goodwin, MD and Susan Elmore, APRN, Children's Mercy Kansas City

11:00 a.m.
Mental Health First Aid
Danie Wentzel, DO, Children's Mercy Kansas City

12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Networking

12:45 to 1:30 p.m.
Collaborating Together: 504 and Individual Health Plans
Gayle Domsch, EdD, Jena Dervatius, BS, RDMS, LSSGB, CPST, Sarah Donnelly, LCSW, LSCSW, OSW-C, and Lara Simon, LSCSW, CDCES, Children's Mercy Kansas City

1:30 to 2:50 p.m. 
In Coop's Honor: Fentanyl Awareness and Education
Jenny Ecord, APRN, Children's Mercy Kansas City, and Tiffany Lewis, BSN, RN, Kansas City Kansas Public School District

2:50 to 3:00 p.m.
Closing and NCPD/CNE instructions
Children’s Mercy Parent Advisory Council Panel

Download the conference brochure

Continuing nursing education

This activity has been awarded 5 contact hours.

Children’s Mercy Kansas City is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Successful completion includes:

  • Attend entire conference and expo
  • Participate in conference activities and discussion
  • Complete online post-conference evaluation

No relevant financial relationships were identified for any member of the planning committee or any presenter/author of the program content.


There is no charge for this year's conference.

For more information, email Emily Thorpe, M.Ed., at