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School Health Advisory Board

The School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) for Richmond Public Schools was formed to advise the School Board on issues related to student health.

Data is clear that healthier students are better learners. The SHAB will take a holistic view of health that encompasses the many factors that influence students’ ability to be healthy, to learn, and to succeed. True to its goal of incorporating a wide range of perspectives, the SHAB is comprised of RPS parents, students, and teachers, as well as content experts in nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and child wellness. 

In alignment with Dreams4RPS, the district’s strategic plan, the SHAB is poised to address issues such as the nutritional content of school meals, the incorporation of trauma-informed and trauma-resilient practices, and the provision of mental health and social support through activities such as conducting outreach to school staff and families, researching evidenced-based practices, reviewing the school wellness policy, and making recommendations to the school board on an annual basis.

The RPS SHAB is rooted in CDC’s Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community Framework, an evidenced-based strategy for supporting student wellness. The framework calls for greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between health and education to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. Other SHABs are active in school districts throughout the state including AlexandriaArlingtonCharlottesville, and Chesterfield, and can provide useful models for structuring work in Richmond. 

Upcoming Meetings

All meetings are open to the public and will be held from 5:30 - 7:00 pm on the last Wednesday of each month. Meetings will alternate between virtual and in-person. In-person meetings will be held at VCU Health Hub, 1330 N. 25th St, Suite A. Additional meeting dates will be added as they are determined. Please check back periodically for updates.

  • January 31 – In-person at VCU Health Hub

  • February 28 – In-person at VCU Health Hub

  • March 27 – Virtual via Zoom 

  • April 24 – In-person at VCU Health Hub

  • May 29 – Virtual via Zoom

Rev Your Bev!

With so many proven benefits, drinking water should be an important part of every student’s day, both at home and at school.  Parents and school staff can work together to facilitate and encourage water consumption among youth. Take a look at Rev Your Bev's Toolkit to learn about the strategies that teachers and staff can use to promote water in schools!

SHAB Members

  • Kevin Starlings, Chair
  • Kai Banks, Vice Chair
  • Justine Blincoe, Secretary
  • Candice Bourne
  • Sara Cariano
  • Abigail Conley
  • Shannon Ebron
  • Tisha Erby
  • Marlene Gooding
  • Syreeta Holton
  • Nicole Jones, School Board Representative
  • Sarah Kolbe
  • Shenee McCray
  • Ruth Morrison
  • Dr. Stefanie Ramsey
  • Chelsea Rock Haynes
  • Jasmine Thomas
  • Na-Keisha White
  • Asia Wilson