Healthy schools, healthy kids

I am running for school board to bring my experience as a primary care provider and healthcare leader to Bend-La Pine Public Schools. I will support all members of the school staff so they have the resources needed to keep students healthy and safe. And as a mother of two young children, I will be a fierce champion for parents who demand the very best education for their kids.

In my work as a family nurse practitioner providing primary care to people across the lifespan, I see how closely health and education are linked. When kids have plenty of food, sleep, and emotional support, they do better in school. And when kids do well at school, they are more likely to grow into healthy, independent adults.

Our schools already play an enormous role in the health and wellness of our kids, from nutritious meals to nursing care, but we can do more. We can provide more training and resources to our teachers. We can bring in more nurses and counselors. And we can empower every employee to speak out about safety lapses in our kids’ schools. To do this well, we need a diverse school board with members from a variety of professional backgrounds, including healthcare.

In addition to being a family nurse practitioner, I am also a member of the St. Charles Medical Group Board of Directors, where I work with representatives from specialties across the system to improve our delivery of care. I chair the SCMG Wellness Committee, spearheading initiatives to improve mental health among our providers. And I am a member of the Bend-La Pine Schools Budget Committee. I have the necessary experience to help our school leaders navigate difficult choices to keep our kids healthy and our schools safe.

On May 21, please vote Amy Tatom for Bend-La Pine School Board.