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Coalition Strategies



2018 Safe & Healthy Schools Conference

This two day conference will be held on June 4 & 5 at the Doubletree Hotel Columbus- Worthington. This event will focus on showcasing state and local partnerships/practices that demonstrate a cross systems approach for school safety as well as preventing and addressing behavior health needs in Ohio schools. Learn how school and community stakeholders can build their local capacity to create safe and supportive environments for students in preschool through 12th grade.


Keynote: "No Awareness, No Safety...Know Awareness, Know Safety!"

Jesus Villahermosa, Jr.

Crisis Reality Training, University Place, WA

Jesus Villahermosa is a retired 33-year law enforcement officer out of Washington State and spent 30 of those years serving as the Point Man on the S.W.A.T. Team.  He has spoken nationally and in Canada to hundreds of thousands of professionals regarding various issues related to school safety such as Active Shooter Survival, Use of Force Issues in Education, Breaking Up Fights Safely and Threat Assessment as a tool to mitigate school violence.  Jesus will discuss the 3 R's, Recognition, Rapport and Respect, and why they are critical for all staff to implement in order to mitigate violence in our nation's schools.  

Keynote: “Yes, We Can; Yes, We Must: Using Science to Scaffold Success for Every Student—Academically, Socially, Emotionally and Economically”

Dennis D. Embry, PhD.

President/Senior Scientist, PAXIS Institute, Tucson, AZ

The health and wealth of a nation depends on the health and wealth of its children. It is never been truer, than it is in this country today. While our children’s health and wealth have decayed over the past 20 years, our knowledge about how to make them healthier and wealthier has dramatically increased.

This presentation focuses on what we have achieved: practically, politically and scientifically, and what we can and must to do to close the gaps in our children’s health, academic success and economic wellbeing.

In society we have come to a potential breaking point, unless we move very quickly. It is not about how much money it will cost, it’s about how much money it will save in just a year. And over a decade will impact the entire political and economic landscape for the future. The young people of Ohio, their educators and caregivers are the heroes of this change.


Presentations include:

  • "Engaging, Appreciating and Understanding Families"
  • "Collaborating to Address Mental and Behavioral Health of Students"
  • "Data As a Learning Tool"
  • "Strength-Based Approaches to Creating Safe, Nurturing and Supportive School Environments"
  • "Program Implementation and Evaluation: A Love/Hate Relationship"
  • "The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood- Empowering Fathers"
  • "From Policy to School-wide Practices: Reducing Conflict and Improving Academics"
  • "Helping Children Succeed with Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation"
  • "The Evaluators Have Left the Building- Now What?"


Cost is $100 for two days; $50 for one day. CEU and CHES hours are being applied for. 

Double Tree Hotel Columbus-Worthington (175 Hutchinson Ave., Columbus)

Hotel conference room rate: $119

Register here