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Rural Schools and Health Organizations

Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK)
Nationwide initiative dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity in schools. Provides tools and resources to support healthy schools.
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American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES)
Organization of special educators, general educators, administrators, researchers, and parents who are committed to the enhancement of education and health services to students with disabilities living in rural America.
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American School Health Association (ASHA)
The American School Health Association's mission is to protect and promote the health and well-being of children and youth through coordinated school health programs.
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Center for Schools and Communities
Focuses on education, wellness activities, safety initiatives and bullying prevention by schools, organizations and agencies serving children, youth and families.
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Children's Health Fund
Committed to providing pediatric healthcare, improving healthcare access, supporting public health initiatives, and shaping policy through advocacy efforts that support and serve disadvantaged children in poor rural and urban communities.
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Coalition for Community Schools
Provides resources on the role of community schools to provide education as well as other community resources such as health and human services to collectively improve outcomes for children, youth, families and communities.
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National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Works to strengthen state leadership in educational policymaking and promote excellence in the education of all students. Provides a state health policy database with a comprehensive set of laws from all 50 states on school health topics.
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National Center for Research on Rural Education
Identifies effective practices influencing the academic success and wellness of rural K-12 students and conducts and disseminates research related to rural education.
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National Head Start Association (NHSA)
Provides a school readiness program with comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent education services for low-income children or children with special needs and their families.
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National Indian Education Association (NIEA)
Supports traditional Native American cultures, promotes Native control of educational institutions, and improves educational opportunities and wellness for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.
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National Rural Education Association (NREA)
Serves as a national advocate for rural school administrators, teachers, board members, and researchers who want to improve the rural school system.
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Office of Head Start (OHS)
Oversees agencies providing Head Start services, which promote the school readiness of young children from low-income families. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children from birth to age 5, in centers, child care partner locations, and in their own homes. Services include early learning, health, and family well-being.
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Rural School and Community Trust
Provides training, networking, technical assistance, coaching, mentoring, resources, and research to help rural schools, teachers, and community organizations develop and improve education for rural students.
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School-Based Health Alliance (SBHC)
Encourages collaborations between schools and healthcare services to provide school-based healthcare solutions to students.
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U.S. Department of Education
Works to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence for all students. Provides information about financial aid, school safety, family and community engagement, and support for students living in poverty.
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Last Reviewed: 1/27/2015