Dr. Tamara Gibson-Alonso
Job Title: Health Education Coordinator
Company Name: FDOE
Phone: 850.245.5056
Email Address: tamara.gibson-alonso@fldoe.org
Address: 325 West Gaines St Suite 444 Tallahassee, FL 32308
Website Address: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/healthy-schools
Dr. Tamara Gibson-Alonso is currently the Health Education Coordinator with the Florida Department of Education's Office of Healthy Schools. Since 2005, she has served as a health and science educator and instructional leader in Osceola, Miami-Dade, and Duval counties. She holds a Master's degree in Public Health and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership. Guided by the CDC's Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework, Tamara currently supports school districts with implementing and reporting on the three State Board of Education (SBOE) rules relating to mental and emotional health, substance use and abuse, and child trafficking prevention education. These rules are being implemented in various subject areas in Florida schools, particularly in Social Studies courses. Practicing mindfulness, frequent cycling, and trying new, colorful recipes are a few healthy habits that Tamara enjoys.
Description of Assigned Session:
Given the stress and uncertainty in these unprecedented times, schools are focusing on new ways to ensure the health and wellness of students. For decades, comprehensive health education standards are integrated in various subject areas in Florida. Health education provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to be healthy throughout their lifetime. The intent of a comprehensive health education program is to motivate students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and avoid or reduce health related risk behaviors. In 2019, the Florida SBOE passed three health education rules that are being implemented across subject areas. These rules relate to mental and emotional health, substance use and abuse, and child trafficking prevention. This session will discuss strategies for supporting health education across subject areas, specifically in Social Studies. Further, this session will discuss trends reported by AA public high school students in recent survey data.
Past Clients/Conference Appearances:
*Child Nutrition Directors Consortium *Florida Association of Student Councils *Florida Higher Education Consortium for Substance Use Disorders *Florida School Health Association *Kiwanis International Education Convention *SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) Florida *Student Voices Forum - Florida Students United
Books/Publications Authored:
Gibson-Alonso, Tamara Ianthe, "Processes of Developing Effective Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education: A Content Analysis of Grant Related Documents" (2019). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 867. https://digitalcommons.unf.edu/etd/867
Current Occupation/Position:
 Health Education Coordinator, Office of Healthy Schools, Florida Department of Education
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