Connecting Communities and Schools to make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choise

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Connecting Communities and Schools to make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choise

  1. 1. Mary  Emery  South  Dakota  State  University  
  2. 2. BIOLOGY  IS  DESTINY   PEOPLE  AND  PLACE   ¡  It’s  what’s  in  your   ¡  Who  you  hang  out   with  matters   genes  that  counts   ¡  Opportunities  to   ¡  Teaching  people   make  healthy   about  health  will   choices  matter   change  behavior   ¡  Everyday  ways  of     thinking  and  doing   determine  choices    
  3. 3. ¡  Opportunities    ¡  Challenges  
  4. 4. ¡  Unfunded  mandate  ¡  Exist  more  in  form  than  in  fact  ¡  Can  be  place  to  mobilize  community  support   for  healthy  kids  ¡  Requires  capacity  to  be  successful  ¡  Readiness  factors  can  be  key  to  successful   program  implementation  
  5. 5. ¡  Collect  data  from  successful  School  Wellness   Teams   §  What  is  working   §  Why   §  How  might  it  work  better  
  6. 6. ¡  One  positive  experience  with  policy  change  ¡  Institutionalized  the  wellness  team  structure     §  so  that  administrators  participate,     §  a  regular  meeting  time  is  set,     §  the  team  has  a  membership  list  and  plan  of  action  ¡  Has  engaged  in  an  intervention  ¡  Includes  a  diversity  of  participants  
  7. 7. ¡  Select  schools    ¡  Train  staff  to  do  focus  groups  ¡  Analyze  data  for  key  factors  ¡  Develop  the  readiness  tool  ¡  Test  it  
  8. 8. ¡  Support  from     §  administrators:  building  level  and  superintendent   §  Community  leaders   §  Youth   §  Parents  ¡  Effective,  well-­‐organized  meetings  ¡  Time  taken  to  reflect  on  progress/success  ¡  Reflects  diverse  representation  
  9. 9. ¡  Good  use  of  outside  support  ¡  Coaching  from  people  within  community    to   develop  community  change  skills  ¡  Team  members’  personal  interests  connect   with  the  work  of  the  Team  ¡  Clear  focus  or  vision  that  is  shared  ¡  Communicates  regularly  with  the  school   community  
  10. 10. ¡  External  funding    ¡  School  community  understands  that  wellness   is  a  priority  ¡  Feel  comfortable  enough  to  experiment  ¡  Non  team  members  are  comfortable  working   with  the  team  
  11. 11. Addressing  Readiness  opportunities  can  lead  to  the  virtuous  cycle  of  change  
  12. 12. ¡  Wellness  team  readiness   §  Test,  revise  ¡  Use  AI  to  investigate  other  readiness   situations  ¡  Using  AI  in  the  focus  groups  encouraged  the   use  of  AI  principles  across  the  work  
  13. 13. ¡  Mary  Emery  ¡  South  Dakota  State  University  ¡  Mary.emery@sdstate.edu    

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