Topics: Schools

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A Rural Therapist and School Program Address Teen Mental Health

Carey Meyer (left) and Rebecca Schoenike, adult advisors for Clintonville High School’s Sources of Strength program.


Rural teens face a higher prevalence of behavior problems, anxiety, and suicide rates than their urban peers, but there are fewer behavioral health providers in rural areas to help these teens. A trauma therapist in rural West Virginia and a school program in rural Wisconsin incorporate teenagers’ strengths and interests and connect them with trusted adults in order to improve their mental health.

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January 25, 2023

Out of the Shadows: Reducing the Rural Impact of Epilepsy

Brain and encephalography in epilepsy patient during seizure attack


A common health condition, epilepsy impacts rural populations in many ways, including the ability to drive. Medical and public health experts join an advocacy organization to review the condition’s impact and outline rural management approaches — including seizure first aid.

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October 20, 2021

Drug Education and Cessation Programs Help Teens Avoid or Quit Vaping

e-cigarette


Vaping among teens is on the rise, and rural teenagers have little access to cessation programs. California-based Being Adept and two Tennessee counties are helping their students learn how vaping negatively impacts their health while My Life, My Quit is helping teens in 18 states quit.

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June 3, 2020

The Power of Three: Rural Schools, Healthcare Providers, and a Rural Health Association Collaborate to Expand Primary Care Access Using School-Based Telehealth

student ear exam via telehealth


The Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) is using federal funding to support a project that, to date, has linked 18 rural schools with 10 local provider organizations, delivering school-based telehealth to hundreds of the state’s rural students. “Virtual telehealth librarians” from another federally-funded IRHA project, provided technical assistance.

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May 29, 2019

Together We Can Be Bully Free: CAH and Law Enforcement Address Peer Victimization through School-Based Program

Students listen to a Together We Can Be Bully Free presentation in Farmerville, Louisiana.


The connection between bullying and youth suicide in rural Union Parish, Louisiana, led a Critical Access Hospital to create an anti-bullying program. Together with local law enforcement, they teach students in elementary through high school the negative effects of peer victimization and how to model positive social behavior.

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July 25, 2018

Confronting Adverse Childhood Experiences to Improve Rural Kids’ Lifelong Health

Buncombe County classroom "Calm Spot"


Studies show that the more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) one has, the higher the risk of chronic health conditions, anxiety disorders, low life potential, and even early death. A sense of urgency for early intervention spurred one western North Carolina school district and a Native American tribe in Wisconsin to act. Read more about how their programs confront ACEs and build resiliency to overcome them.

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September 20, 2017

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child through CATCH

CATCH student Brianna Hale with CATCH character


Across the nation, 11,000 sites are using The Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH), the most widespread coordinated school health program in the world. This article focuses on one Illinois region that has engaged 76% of their elementary schools in healthy eating and physical activity through CATCH.

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April 13, 2016