Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
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Harkin on Wellness Symposium

April 3, 2024
9:00-4:45 pm CST
In-Person Olmsted Center, Drake University | 2875 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 50311
Affiliate/Partner Event
Special Event


Gerta Bardhoshi
Gerta Bardhoshi, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Training
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Professor of Counselor Education
University of Iowa College of Education

Event Details

The theme of this year’s Symposium is “Wellbeing in Schools”. The prevalence of mental health issues has increased dramatically in recent years, particularly in the wake of massive social disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This led the nation’s leading child health organizations and the U.S. Surgeon General to declare a national emergency in child and adolescent mental health. As the location where children spend the largest portion of their time outside of the home, we believe the K-12 school system can be a key vehicle for changes that can positively impact children’s wellbeing across the United States.

Join us at the Harkin Wellness Symposium to hear from:

  • Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General | Keynote
  • Dr. Kathy Ethier, Director of CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health | Keynote
  • Dr. Gerta Bardhoshi, Director of Research and Training, Scanlan Center for School Mental Health | Panelist, ‘Whole Health Education in Schools’