Developing a healthy school is the objective of researchers in St. Louis who will use a $1.1 million grant to develop a school that not only tends to students educational needs, but to their health and well being.
The grant was received by “For the Sake of All”, a Washington University initiative that studies health disparities and inequalities for African-Americans. One of the focuses of the project is to determine how to leverage community health resources while tending to student’s health needs in school.
St. Louis Public Schools has about 70 schools and is one of the area’s largest districts. They receive volunteers, donations, and services from various nonprofits, corporate partners, and churches. However the groups do not work close together, so uneven services are the result. Collaboration is a major empasis in Normandy, in helping the district streamline services.
“This is a unique opportunity to work with our local education partners and their many supporters to develop a healthy schools implementation model that could be replicated in other schools both locally and nationally,” said Jason Purnell, director of For the Sake of All. “So many diverse organizations want to help students be healthy and succeed in school, but often the systems aren’t in place to fully integrate those programs and services.”