Coordinated School Health
Arkansas has emerged as a leader in Coordinated School Health programs. Across the state, Coordinated School Health is growing, and districts are building school level-health teams. With the help of ACT 1220 of 2003, district and school wellness committees are required to assess themselves using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's School Health Index, completing modules 1-4, 10, and 11, and then use the results to create an improvement plan. The School Health Index results are used to develop their School Health and Wellness Improvement Plan (which is required for accreditation).
Through grant funding from the CDC, free quarterly professional development opportunities are provided for all school personnel based around the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC-pronounced “whisk”) Model. CSH also funds six school districts to implement district-wide changes to improve the health of their students, faculty, and community. These districts were chosen based on their willingness to implement change and a variety of needs such as obesity rates, childhood chronic disease rates, and free and reduced lunch rates.
Coordinated School Health Schools
The 132 districts that participate in Coordinated School Health are innovators in their districts and apply for grants and develop plans to improve school health using the scorecard from their School Health Index. Typically, these schools have a high-functioning wellness committee and a tenacious wellness committee chairperson who attends quarterly CSH meetings regularly. If you work for a district and are ready and willing to implement healthy changes and would like to join us, please email the CSH coordinators to be added to the CSH distribution list. You will receive grant notifications, meeting alerts, webinar alerts, quarterly newsletters, and access to all our partners’ updates and alerts as well. The schools targeted in the current funding cycle are:
- El Dorado
Arkansas Department of Health, CSH Advisor, Ariel Rogers, (501) 280-4148.
Division of Education and Secondary Education, CSH Advisor, Lisa Mundy, (501) 683-3604.
Or visit the Arkansas Coordinated School Health webpage.
Joint Use Agreements (JUA)
The Arkansas Joint Use Agreement (JUA) Grant is a competitive application process made possible and supported by Arkansas’ governor and the Arkansas Tobacco Excise Tax. These funds help schools adopt and implement joint use policy which allows schools to form community partnerships to maximize resources while increasing opportunities for physical activity. Funds are available each fiscal year based on Tobacco Excise Tax appropriations or until funds are expended. Click here for more information.
School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)
School-Based Health Centers are a great way to coordinate campus services to cover the medical and mental health services students need. Each center must provide basic physical and mental health services no matter their ability to pay. Some centers also include dental services on campus or provide campus-linked services to a provider not located on school grounds. This program functions as a collaboration between the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education. The School-Based Health Center funding is a once-a-year competitive grant process where districts can apply for up to $500,000 for a 3-year grant cycle. Former grant cycles lasted 5 years. Click here for more information on School-Based Health Centers.
Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG)
SWAGs are aimed at helping students in 7 - 12th grades learn to advocate for themselves and for healthier campuses. Each year the Arkansas Department of Health funds up to 12 campuses to host SWAGs, providing them with funding, presentations on varying health and advocacy topics, and guidance on advocacy projects in their school, community, or state. For more information about SWAGs click here.
Project Prevent Youth Coalition (PPYC)
Project Prevent is the statewide youth tobacco prevention coalition in Arkansas. For more information on PPYC click here.
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