Coordinated School Health
Research shows that healthier students are better learners. Health-related problems play a major role in limiting the motivation and ability to learn. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model is an effective strategy for improving the health of students and can encourage long-term wellness and promote academic success.
The school district, in addition the community at large, has a role to play in improving the health and wellbeing of the students. To improve school health and wellness, we must work to make sure that schools’ policies, practices, and programs are sending consistent messages to students and staff to ensure an environment that best promotes health and therefore learning.
To help improve the health of students throughout south central Indiana, IU Health Bloomington is a main partner in the Coordinated School Health initiative. Thanks to a grant from AmeriCorps to the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, 11 AmeriCorps members are working with school districts in south central Indiana to promote health and wellness with a focus on smaller and rural school districts.
The goals of the program include increasing health knowledge, attitudes and skills; increasing positive health behaviors and health outcomes; improving education outcomes; and improving social outcomes.
For more information on the Coordinated School Health program, please contact Lisa Greathouse at Lgreathouse@iuhealth.org or 812.353.5764.
In addition to the AmeriCorps grant, this program is made possible through funding from:
IU Health Bloomington, Bloomington Hospital Foundation, IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, Premier Healthcare, Monroe County Community School Corporation, and the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.