NEA HIN Celebrates 25th Anniversary at the RA
Be sure to visit the Expo this year to help the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) celebrate its 25th Anniversary. You’ll find their booth in the Hall of Health where you can take a spin of the Wheel of Wellness and sign a giant anniversary card for NEA’s health organization.
NEA HIN may be one of our association’s best-kept secrets. The organization works behind the scenes to make our schools healthier, safer places to work and to learn.
It all started at the 1986 RA, after AIDS had emerged as a major health issue. One of the most insidious aspects of the disease was that the cause was unknown, and fear surrounding it and those who contracted it was intense. Ryan White, a 13-year-old public school student, became a symbol of the intolerance and fear. When Ryan, a hemophiliac, contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion, he was banned from school.
That’s when NEA delegates took action.
They passed a New Business Item to educate members and students about HIV/AIDS and established NEA HIN as a 501(C) (3) organization charged with promoting the health of public education employees and students.
After bringing national recognition to NEA for our educational work about HIV/AIDS, NEA HIN began to offer additional programs and services. Over its 25 years of service, it has continually evolved and expanded to meet the changing health and safety needs of our schools and students.
Just this past year, NEA HIN:
- Worked with partners to feed 10,000 students breakfast in 83 schools with high percentages of students on free or reduced lunch via the Breakfast in the Classroom program;
- Partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to create a new food allergy resource for school employees and helped inform new CDC guidelines for pre-K through 12 schools. Once approved, those guidelines will be sent to every school district in the nation;
- Expanded work on indoor environmental quality, providing guidance and training to educators in 22 school districts.
“NEA HIN is proud to have helped improve the well-being of children and hard-working teachers and education support professionals across the nation,” said NEA HIN Executive Director Jerry Newberry. “We are grateful for the support and leadership of our partners, the NEA HIN Board members, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, and most importantly, the members of the NEA across the country. NEA HIN stands ready to meet the most pressing health and safety challenges in schools.”
NEA HIN partners with for-profit, government, and non-profit entities to implement its programs. It also accepts individual donations directly or through making a donation.
2012 NEA Expo Slideshow