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Drinking Water Safety and Health in Schools

In this webinar, experts from American Heart Association will talk about the importance of safe drinking water and how the proper policies can build a culture of health in our schools.

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The free webinar below has been brought to you in partnership with the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). Learn more about CHPS’ School Building Science Friday webinar series here.


About the Webinar

In this webinar, experts from American Heart Association will talk about the importance of safe drinking water and how the proper policies can build a culture of health in our schools.

Because children spend so much time at school, having safe and appealing water available to them is critical. When children don’t have enough water to drink, their health and their cognitive performance may suffer. And, when water is not available, children tend to consume more sugary drinks, which are linked to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. All kids should have access to water at no charge in school.


  1. Identify criteria for American Heart Association’s recommended water policies for school districts.
  2. Identify the case for healthy schools and water as the default beverage choice.
  3. Identify how the American Heart Association works with school districts as a cost-free and collaborative consultant to building a culture of health in school district.
  4. Learn about resources available through the AHA to help promote access to safe drinking water in schools.

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Lharissa Jacobs
Vice President of Health Strategies, American Heart Association

Lharissa Jacobs is the Vice President of Health Strategies at the American Heart Association (AHA) in Houston, Texas. She leads local strategies to maximize equitable health and well-being in Houston and has spent the past two decades advocating for healthy communities. Prior to joining the AHA, she pioneered and led a large portfolio of evidence-based health interventions for the YMCA of Greater Houston focused on child nutrition and chronic disease prevention.
Lharissa is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum and alumna of McKinsey & Company Asian Executive Leadership Program. Lharissa is on the Board of Directors for the Houston Tool Bank and is dedicated to using her professional experience and innovative thinking to support sustainable and stronger communities. She has a master’s degree in education and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston and is fluent in Spanish.

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Emily Paul, MHP
Community Impact Director, American Heart Association

Emily Paul, MHP, is a Community Impact Director for the American Heart Association, working to support policy and system change for equitable health impact in the Greater Houston region. Her community health experience in Houston began as an elementary school nutrition educator for a local childhood obesity prevention non-profit. Prior to the AHA, she worked as a program manager with the YMCA of Greater Houston overseeing evidence-based health interventions and community health initiatives addressing chronic disease prevention and health maintenance. Emily holds an MPH from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, as well as a BA in Psychology from Smith College.

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Dave Oberembt
Government Relations Director, American Heart Association

Dave Oberembt is the Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association in Arkansas. He lives in Little Rock with his wonderful wife and two year old daughter. In his free time he likes to spend time with friends and family as well as spend time playing with this 3 legged dog Phil.


Most frequent questions and answers

Does this webinar qualify for CE credit?

CE approval for this webinar is pending.

Will I receive a certificate of completion?

Yes! Certificates of completion will be available upon successful quiz completion.

Will you automatically report my CE credit?

Because the course is not currently approved by GBCI or AIA we are not able to automatically report your credits, however, the details needed to self-report your credits will be shared after successful completion of the quiz.


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