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District Health and Wellness Advisory Council

 School and Community Wheel regarding Health and Physical Education

 A Collaborative Approach to Learning and Health

District Wellness Policy

Overview and Purpose

Overview and Purpose of the District Health and Wellness Advisory Council

Collaborate, in partnership with community members and organizations, to help provide and support health and wellness programs and services to every child, every family, every staff, every day.

  • Community Outreach and Support
  • Policy Review and Development
  • Program Coordination and Curriculum Review

To oversee the programs, activities, and curriculum that affects the health of children that attend public and non-public schools in town of East Hartford.

Topics for discussion can include:

  • Physical activity
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Tobacco use
  • Substance abuse
  • Responsible sexual behavior
  • Mental health
  • Injury and violence
  • Environmental quality
  • Immunization
  • Access to health care

The programs, activities, and curriculum shall include these overarching issues as they pertain to:

  • Physical education, health, substance abuse prevention curricula
  • School health services
  • School counseling, psychological, and social services
  •  School nutrition services
  •  Healthy school environment
  •  School-site health promotion for staff
  •  Family and community involvement in school health

The Council shall:

  • Facilitate communication among schools, school-based parent groups, and community -related organizations and groups in order to maximize resources to more effectively impact students' physical and emotional health.
  • Oversee Wellness Policy by yearly reviewing the policy and regulations and making recommendations to the Superintendent of Schools, as necessary.
  • Provide information/updates on health topics, as necessary.
  • Act as a sounding/review board on health-related matters, as necessary.

The Council is advisory, therefore will make recommendations to the appropriate group for action.

Actions of the Council:

  • The information and questions brought forward will be considered in the light of the purpose and parameters of the council.
  • The review can result in requesting for additional information (clarifying the concern), asking for reconsideration of aspects of the program by the appropriate group, and/or taking a position supporting or not supporting the program as presented. 


Council Member                


Officer BarbozaEHPD, EHMS, SRO
Dave BocchichioEHPS, Norris, Teacher
 Amy BryanEHPS, Family and Community Engagement
 Roberto Burgos Head Start Director
Spencer Clapp EHPS, EHMS, Assistant Principal
 Patty Cohen EHPS, EHHS, Guidance Counselor
 Mike Craig EHPS, EHMS, Teacher
 Vincent Crawford EHPS, Family and Community Engagement
 Jo-Ann Dorn East Hartford Social Services
 Scott Edington EHPS, Supervisor, School Psychologists
 Shelley Farrar EHPS, Nursing Supervisor
 Laura Floyd YMCA, Executive Director
 Amanda Garrity EH Public Health Department
 Diadette Hernandez Intercommunity SBHC
 Officer Hewins EHPD, EHHS, SRO
 Becky Johansen Parent, EHPS
 Jen King East Hartford Youth Services
 Mary Beth Kuzian Family Resource Centers
 Joe LeRoy EHPS, EHHS, Assistant Principal
 Anne Marie Mancini EHPS, Assistant Superintendent
 Matt Martucci EHPS, EHHS, Teacher
 Lisa Merrill EHPS, EHHS, Teacher
 Shelley Monterio EHPS, Synergy, Nurse
 Robert Nagashima EHPS, SPED Supervisor
 Tricia Orozco Intercommunity SBHC
 Dr. Ed Orszulak EHPS, Norris, Principal
 Craig Outhouse EHPS, Synergy, Principal
 Carolyn Pancarowicz Head Start Health and Nutrition Manager
 Joe Pearce EHPS, Interim Assistant Principal
 Elizabeth Peczuh EHPS, Supervisor of World Languages and EL
 Marilyn Pet EHPS, BOE Member
 Jill Piedescalzo EHPS, EHHS, Athletic Director
 Laura Pirsig EHPS, EHHS, Nurse
 Brian Reynolds EHPS, EHHS, Social Worker
Shannon RussellEHPS, EHMS, Social Worker
Melissa SamuelsEHPS, Synergy, Teacher
Shari StaebSodexo, General Manager
Meredith StarrEast Hartford Child Plan
Tracy StefanoEHPS, Supervisor of Health and Physical Education
Officer SullivanEHPD, EHMS, SRO
Kelly WaterhouseEast Hartford Youth Services
Brian VerrastroEHPS, EHHS, Teacher

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

  • Hartford Courant Top Work Places 2011 Award Ribbon
  • Hartford Courant Top Work Places 2012 Award Ribbon
  • Hartford Courant Top Work Places 2013 Award Ribbon
  • Hartford Courant Top Work Places 2016 Award Ribbon
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