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Confluence Conference


On Monday November 7, more than 70 stakeholders gathered at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence to begin shaping a priority health research agenda for Seattle Public Schools.

See the conference agenda (pdf).
See the conference presentations and images here.

Participants self-organized into three broad health interest categories:
Access to Health Services
Mental/Behavioral Health

Within these groups, participants explored areas of mutual interest and worked together in smaller clusters to begin identifying specific health research areas and questions.

Groups formed around specific health research topics, and began identifying gaps in knowledge and research needs in the following categories:

  • Active School Communities
  • Contextual Influences on Decision Making Related to Health Behaviors
  • District Level Wellness Committee
  • Effective School-Based Health Service Delivery
  • Engaging Families and Communities in School Health Efforts
  • High Risk Behaviors
  • Impact of Health Programs on Obesity
  • Learning Disabilities/Anxiety/OCD/ADHD
  • Obesity-Related Disparities
  • Physical Activity
  • School Meal Participation
  • Stress and Resilience
  • Violence (bullying, domestic and partner violence, youth suicide)


Next steps include further synthesis of input from work groups, prioritization of research ideas that align with the District's priorities, and pilot tests that integrate existing health related data with outcomes of interest to the District.

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