219070 Generation With Promise: School and student health transformation an emerging model

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MPH , Office of the Surgeon General, Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, MI
Nate McCaughtry, PhD , Department of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Annie Murphy, PhD, RD , Healthy Kids Evaluation Services, Suttons Bay, MI
Jeffrey Martin, PhD , Department of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Katie Richards-Schuster, PhD , School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Barry Checkoway, PhD , School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Patricia Blake-Smith, MSPH , Office of the Surgeon General, Michigan Department of Community Health, Detroit, MI
Barbara Blum, MSW , Office of the Surgeon General, Michigan Department of Community Health, Detroit, MI
Background: A priority of the Michigan Surgeon General's Prescription for a Healthier Michigan was to arrest childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. Consequently a framework linking the theory-driven Michigan Steps Up healthy-lifestyles initiative with the Governor's Cities of Promise initiative was launched.

Purpose: This first-of-five papers submitted for the Generation With Promise (GWP) Symposium highlights the emerging GWP Model centered on a framework to empower adult-supported youth to drive policy, environmental and student health behavior change in schools.

Significance: Traditionally, the contribution of youth as promising leaders has been underestimated; therefore, addressing youth-driven policy, environmental and behavioral change concurrently through a multifaceted approach is novel. The GWP Model is a potentially effective and sustainable way of reversing youth obesity trends through changed policies & school environments, and education that supports healthy choices.

Methodology: Utilizing the diffusion of innovations theory and involving public/private partners, collaboration occurred across four intervention components (curricular reform, youth leadership development, school health policy evaluation, family education) that empowered students to drive health transformation in their schools.

Findings: The emerging Model (connecting four complimentary theoretical components) was sufficient to engage 17 schools in 5 underserved Michigan communities, impacting 10,000+ students to effect change. The Model was developed based on results, lessons learned, and input from school administrators, staff and student leaders in communities with health disparities.

Conclusions: For childhood obesity to be effectively addressed, we must develop, implement, evaluate and refine comprehensive, multi-component school health models such as GWP that can be replicated within and across states.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1.Identify the intervention components of the Generation With Promise Model for school, student and community health transformation and their supporting theories. 2. Learn the four target areas of student behavior change and how their synergistic relationship contributes to health transformation.

Keywords: Obesity, Adolescent Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: as the Surgeon General for the State of Michigan, I am the director for this grant project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.