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In-Person Workshops at Region 16

September 21, 2021 | Basic Vision Screening Certification Training | Session 842200

September 22, 2022 | Basic Hearing Screening Certification Training | Session 842201

September 22, 2021 | Unlicensed Diabetic Care Assistant (UDCA) - Annual Update | Session 840336

September 23, 2021 | Spinal Screening Training and Certification | Session 840552

September 30, 2021 | Spinal Screening Training and Certification | Session 840554

September 30, 2021 | Unlicensed Diabetic Care Assistant (UDCA) - Basic Training | Session 840842

October 7, 2021 | Unlicensed Diabetic Care Assistant (UDCA) - Annual Update - Registration coming soon

October 20, 2021 | Basic Vision Screening Certification | Session 836971

October 21, 2021 | Basic Hearing Screening Certification |  Session 836973

October 27, 2021 | Unlicensed Diabetic Care Assistant (UDCA) - Basic Training - Registration coming soon

October 28, 2021 | p.a.p.a (Parenting and Paternity Awareness) Training | Session 837003    

The Friday Beat is a weekly e-newsletter that aligns with the 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. It connects people interested in school health to training, funding sources and resources.

Friday Beat weekly e-newsletter 

A UDCA (Unlicensed Diabetic Care Assistant) is a trained volunteer that helps students with their diabetes management and is supervised by the school principal. A school employee may not be subject to any penalty or disciplinary action for refusing to serve as an UDCA.
The training required under §168.005 must be provided by a healthcare professional with expertise in the care of persons with diabetes or by the school

The training must be provided:
• before the beginning of the school year
• after the enrollment of a student with diabetes at a campus that previously had no students with diabetes
• or, after the diagnosis of diabetes for a student at a campus that previously had no students

Upcoming UDCA Workshops offered at Region 16 will be posted on the "Upcoming Workshops" Tab of this webpage.    


Parenting and Paternity Awareness (p.a.p.a.) is an evidence-based, educational curriculum designed for young adults. It teaches them the benefits of waiting to become a parent until after they have completed their education, started a career, and are in a stable, committed relationship.

The p.a.p.a. program is a way school districts can comply with state law requiring high-school health to include a parenting and paternity awareness curriculum.

The Office of the Attorney General provides this free curriculum and training to teachers, school counselors, school nurses, teen parent program staff, and parent educators in community-based programs. These professionals are then equipped to educate the young adults with whom they work. 

Parenting and Paternity Awareness website 


Texas Department of State Health Services will offer V/H Recerts online through the end of 2021.

Participants must have current certification status.  Participants certified in 2016, whose certifications expire the end of this year, can take the online Recertification.  

V/H Certification and Recertification Contact: Claudia Bourland, 


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