Research shows that healthier students are better learners and health-related problems play a major role in limiting the motivation and ability to learn.
Using the CDC-approved Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model as an effective strategy for improving the health of students and encouraging long-term wellness and academic success, the school district and community at large each have roles to play. Schools’ policies, practices and programs must send 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 Hospital 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.
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.