263467 Collaboration of two state agencies to support health and physical education in schools

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Becky Rodericks, MSPH , Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Jennifer Ryan, MPH , Healthy Hawaii Initiative, State of Hawaii Department of Health, Honolulu, HI
Ann Horiuchi , Healthy Hawaii Initiative, State of Hawaii Department of Education, Honolulu, HI
Stephanie Lee, BS , Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Jay Maddock, PhD , Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Background: Hawaii dedicates a portion of its Tobacco Settlement monies to chronic disease prevention and health promotion. As a result of these funds, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) established the Healthy Hawaii Initiative (HHI) in 2000 to serve as a statewide effort to encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco free lifestyles. One component of HHI is a schools-based initiative where a unique partnership has been developed between two state agencies – the Hawaii State Departments of Health and Education. Their collaboration has strengthened and restructured health and physical education in Hawaii through environmental, policy, and systems changes. Since HHI's inception, health and physical education resource teachers (RTs) have been key players in implementing the HHI schools program. RTs work at the state and district level to provide standards-based professional development, technical assistance and instructional support for teachers and schools. They organize workshops, professional development courses, health and physical education resources, support wellness guidelines, and help mentor model school programs.

Findings and Results: Independent evaluators are responsible for monitoring the number of HHI training events held, the number of teachers trained, school performance data, survey results, and baseline data from the model school programs. Data from the 2010-2011 school year will be presented to help demonstrate the success of the HHI schools program.

Significance: The school setting provides a valuable opportunity to educate and expose students to healthy behaviors. Furthermore, numerous studies have proven that healthy students are better able to learn, which translates to improved student achievement.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
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

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how two state agencies have formed a partnership to promote health in schools 2. List specific examples of how resource teachers in Hawaii have enhanced health and physical education in Hawaii’s public schools 3. Assess data from the most recent school year to determine how many teachers and health professionals are being reached through the implementation of the Healthy Hawaii Initiative schools program

Keywords: School Health, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: For the past six years, my scientific interests have included smoking cessation and promotion of physical activity and nutrition. In my current position as a school health evaluator and junior faculty member, I work in partnership with the local Department of Health and Department of Education as the lead school evaluator. Thus far, I have contributed to four oral presentations at national conferences, including APHA last year, and have also presented two posters.
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.