Healthy Schools Staff

Scott Clements, State Director

School Health Programs 
Christine Philley, M.Ed., CFCS - School Health Administrator
  • Building and sustaining School Health Councils
  • Development and evaluation of Local School Wellness Policies
  • Health Education Curriculum and Instruction
  • Health Literacy Education
  • School monitoring for Health and Wellness Initiatives
J. Dale Dieckman, ATC, CSCS, Physical Education Specialist
  • Physical Education Curriculum and Instruction
  • Move To Learn Initiative
  • Physical Education Rules and Regulations
Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Program (CDC-Funded)
Matt Dalrymple, MAT, School Health Administrator
  • Prevention of health conditions associated with diabetes, heart disease and obesity among students.
  • School health promotion
School-Based Prevention Education and Surveillance
Shalonda Matthews, MSED, CHES, Division Director
  • Program activities are expected to reinforce efforts to reduce teen pregnancy rates, due to the shared risk factors for, and intervention activities to address, HIV infection, other STD, and teen pregnancy. 
  • Assist with building the capacity of districts and schools to effectively contribute to the reduction of HIV infection and other STD among adolescents.
  • Implement programs and activities that will aid in the reduction of disparities in HIV infection and other STD experienced by specific adolescent sub-populations.
  • Conduct school-based surveillance through YRBS and Profiles implementation.
LaTina Morgan, Contract Worker
  • Coordinate and administer the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). This survey is a youth self reported survey conducted in even numbered years. YRBS monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth.
  • Coordinate and administer the School Health Profiles. This is a school principal and lead health education teacher survey that is conducted biannually and is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states.
  • Assist with School-Based Prevention Education activities.
Health Services
Estelle Watts, RN, MSN - State School Nurse Consultant
  • Manage the state school nurse program and functions
  • Serve as the liaison for student health locally, statewide and nationally
Donna White, M.Ed, Ed.S SBAC Specialist
  • Administer School Based Administrative Claiming program (SBAC)
  • Provide administrative and programmatic assistance for SBAC program
  • Act as liaison between participating SBAC school districts and the Division of Medicaid (DOM0
Kegila Lyles, SBAC Specialist
  • Administer School Based Administrative Claiming program (SBAC)
  • Provide administrative and technical assistance for SBAC program
  • Provide technical assistance to school district nurses for ScreenPlus and Nurse Database applications

Office of Healthy Schools     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-1737     Fax: (601) 576-1417

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