243955 Evaluation of a Five Year Coordinated School Health Initiative: The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Coordinated School Health Grantees Initiative

Monday, October 31, 2011: 11:10 AM

Jeff A. Jones, PhD , Health Behavior, University Of Kentucky, College of Public Health, Lexington, KY
Joan Buchar, PhD, CHES , Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Louisville, KY
Jay P. Swacker, MSACC , Health Behavior, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, Lexington, KY
This presentation reports on the academic, health, and policy-related effects of the Coordinated School Health (CSH) initiative involving over 17,000 students in 29 primarily rural and small urban Kentucky school districts. Funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the initiative's grants provided districts with two or more years of funding and technical assistance to incorporate components of the CSH model. The initiative's goals focused on identifying and encouraging policies and programs resulting in healthier, more productive students and school staff with a special focus on reducing student obesity and increasing student physical activity. Led by the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, the quantitative evaluation compared student health behaviors, school health policies, standardized academic test scores, daily attendance, and infrastructure investments over five years using surveys (modified Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the California Healthy Kids Survey), staff interviews, and direct fitness measurements. This presentation reports on the outcomes of this evaluation and their implications for similar initiatives in other educational settings.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. List four conditions important to the success of sustainable efforts to improve the health of schools or districts. 2. Identify policies that can be implemented to institutionalize the components of a Coordinated School Health model. 3. Identify challenges to implementing and evaluating a Coordinated School Health model.

Keywords: School Health, Adolescent Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the principal investigator for the evaluation of the program discussed in this presentation.
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.