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Characteristics of Joint Use Agreements in School Districts in the United States: Findings from the School Health Policies and Practices Study, 2012
Examines a sample of school districts in the U.S. to identify characteristics associated with having a formal joint use agreement for recreational facilities and how the agreement applies to different activities. Includes data for school districts with joint use agreements by percent of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, percent of White students, rural versus urban status, and number of students in the district.
Author(s): Sherry Everett Jones, Arthur M. Wendel
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 12
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
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Rural Adults' Perspectives on School Food in a North Carolina County
Describes parents' and school staff's perceptions of school food in four rural North Carolina elementary schools, and their views about potential changes designed to enhance appeal of school meals containing more fruits and vegetables.
Author(s): Jayne K. Jeffries, Linden M. Thayer, Heidi Hennink-Kaminski, Seth M. Noar
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 12
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
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Harnessing the Power Of Cross-Sector Collaboration: Menominee Indian Tribe, Keshena, Wis.
Describes the Menominee Indian School District (Wisconsin) "Bridges Out of Poverty" trauma informed strategy and training program that recognizes how historical oppression and inequality can influence social determinants that perpetuate poor health outcomes and low academic achievement in students.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Public Health Association
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Overview of Alternative Schools and Education Programs
Analyzes data from 28 alternative education programs, including 16 programs located in rural Montana communities. Defines an alternative education program, from the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI), as a restructured academic program operating within an accredited public school to serve at-risk students. Provides information on student characteristics and alternative school services. Covers three local model programs that work to address the behavioral and mental health, substance abuse treatment, and counseling needs of students.
Additional links: Health Brief
Author(s): Katie Loveland, Aaron Wernham
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Healthcare Foundation
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Disparities Persist in Nutrition Policies and Practices in Minnesota Secondary Schools
Examines school nutrition policies and practices by school characteristics in Minnesota secondary schools between 2008 and 2012. Compares school nutrition policies by rural versus urban/suburban location and across three main areas: the availability of low-nutrient, energy dense (LNED) items, strategies to engage students in healthy eating, and restrictions on advertising LNED products around the school.
Author(s): Caitlin Eicher Caspi, Cynthia Davey, Toben F. Nelson, et al.
Citation: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 115(3), 419–425
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
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Telemedicine for Children with Developmental Disabilities: A More Effective Clinical Process than Office-based Care
Examines the Tele-Health-Kids, a school-based program using asynchronous telemedicine to connect children with developmental disabilities with their primary care physician for the treatment of minor illnesses in rural Ohio. Includes data on the chronic conditions of children with developmental disabilities enrolled in the program and survey responses from parents on the expectations, concerns, and post-visit outcomes for the Tele-Health-Kids program.
Author(s): Diane L. Langkamp, Mark D. McManus, Susan D. Blakemore
Citation: Telemedicine Journal and e-Health, 21(2), 110-114
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
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Needs Assessment of School and Community Physical Activity Opportunities in Rural West Virginia: The McDowell CHOICES Planning Effort
Describes the McDowell Coordinated Health Opportunities Involving Communities, Environments, and Schools (CHOICES) program. McDowell CHOICES is a comprehensive needs-assessment of McDowell County, West Virginia, intended to increase opportunities for physical activity in rural schools and communities throughout the county.
Author(s): Alfgeir L. Kristjansson, Eloise Elliott, Sean Bulger, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 15, 327
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Special Considerations for Mental Health Services in Rural Schools
Discusses the challenges experienced by rural and frontier schools regarding the development, implementation, and the expansion of behavioral health services for students and their families.
Author(s): Susan Wilger
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Many Eligible Children Don't Participate in School Nutrition Programs: Reauthorization Offers Opportunities to Improve
Reports on rates of participation in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, comparing rural, urban, and suburban eligible households. Discusses reauthorization of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 as an opportunity to expand participation in these programs generally and particularly for rural eligible children.
Author(s): Jessica A. Carson
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Rural Communities: Best Practices and Promising Approaches for Safe Routes
Discusses the barriers to safe walking and biking to school in some rural communities. Describes how to successfully implement the Safe Routes to School approach in rural areas, with examples of successful programs.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
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