The Healthy Schools Initiative is based on the beliefs that good health is necessary for academic success and schools are an ideal venue for public health interventions.
In August 2010, Sequoia Healthcare District (SHD) launched the Healthy Schools Initiative, investing an average of $3 million dollars per year to support school districts within the SHD geographic boundary region of southern San Mateo County with staff and programs that improve the physical and emotional health of students and families.
Funding has been allocated for the following purposes:
- To provide staff (including credentialed school nurses, counselors, wellness coordinators, physical education coaches and outreach specialists) to implement the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.
- To provide school-based health programs in partnership with our local non-profit service providers.
- To improve the physical fitness of nearly 10,000 elementary students in grades K to 5.
- To consistently evaluate, monitor, and improve the Healthy Schools Initiative’s efforts and outcomes.
Who We Serve:
The Healthy Schools Initiative serves diverse school districts within the Sequoia Healthcare District boundaries and reaches approximately 28,000 students per year.
About Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)
Health and education affect individuals, society, and the economy and, as such, must work together whenever possible.
Meet the Team:
The Healthy Schools Initiative is led by our Director of Grants and Programs. A core team of Wellness Coordinators are employed by each school district to coordinate efforts locally. Sequoia Healthcare District directly supports close to 60 full and part-time positions, including nurses, counselors, and physical education coaches who significantly enhances the health and wellness of their school communities.