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Iowa BEST: Behavioral, Equitable, Social-Emotional, Trauma-Informed Health in Schools Summit
The Iowa BEST Summit is designed to highlight educators’ collective need to bolster support and care across the educational system, and to build shared capacity to get there. The sessions will deliver resources and practical solutions around social-emotional-behavioral health. #IowaBEST2021

The summit is co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and the University of Iowa College of Education.

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Dr. Stephanie Latham

Dr. Stephanie Latham holds an an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Iowa College of Nursing where she teaches Community and Public Health Nursing with a focus on the veteran population. She received her doctorate in Advanced Public Health Nursing from Rush University, and has completed graduate-level course work at the University of Colorado where she is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Veteran/Military Health Care. Her extensive knowledge of the veteran and military population includes seven years working at the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as personal experience providing support for families of deployed service members as the Family Readiness Group (FRG) Coordinator for Co. F, 106th Aviation, Iowa Army National Guard unit during their first deployment to Iraq in 2003.

She is passionate about suicide prevention and presented at the VA/DoD National Suicide Prevention Conference in May on her work with lethal means safety. Dr. Latham is actively engaged in the development of partnerships at the community-level to enhance knowledge, understanding and support of the veteran/military community; current collaborations include the Iowa City National Guard and nurses in Iowa City Community School district. She is an active member of the QC Veterans Community Engagement Board, QC Behavioral Health Coalition, Recovery in Action, and is participating in state-level planning for the Iowa 988 Coalition. In 2019 she was awarded the Davenport Police Chief’s Commendation for intervening with a suicidal individual on the I-280 overpass.