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History of REACH School Health Incentive Funds 

Coalition
Conference
School Health Incentive Funds Project

Coalition
The REACH (Resources for Excellence to Achieve Coordinated School Health) coalition was developed in 2010 by the Health Department for faculty and staff of schools in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties as a way to inform schools of the new and existing programs and services that are currently available from the Health Department and community partners.

It was a means of information sharing by all members. Currently, the coalition consists of community members, school health personnel and Family and Youth Service Center Coordinators from the Health Department’s four-county district.

In addition to meeting quarterly, the REACH Coalition assisted with the Health Department’s annual REACH conference planning. The purpose of the conference was to provide Northern Kentucky schools with resources to implement evaluated health education curricula or health promotion strategies focusing on one or more of the following identified health education areas:

  • Cardiovascular health (i.e. physical activity, nutrition and staff wellness)
  • Social and emotional health (i.e. bullying prevention, peer mediation, literacy and violence prevention)
  • Tobacco prevention and cessation

 
Conference
For several years, the Health Department hosted an Annual REACH conference to provide Northern Kentucky schools with resources to implement evaluated health education curricula or health promotion strategies focusing on one or more of the following identified health education areas:

  • Cardiovascular health (i.e. physical activity, nutrition and staff wellness)
  • Social and emotional health (i.e. bullying prevention, peer mediation, literacy and violence prevention)
  • Tobacco prevention and control

Since the conference began in 2000, the Health Department has funded more than $183,000 to schools to implement evidence-based programming to improve the health and wellness of students and staff in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton County schools. 

School Health Incentive Funds Project
In 2011, the Health Department changed our method in working with schools to create healthy environments. Currently, the Health Department works with schools in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, tobacco and unintentional injury/violence. Through the newly re-designed REACH school health incentive funds project, schools work with the Health Department to create healthier environments with a focus on policy and environmental changes over a two-year period.

We are currently accepting applications for the next project cycle! All elementary, middle and high schools in Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Grant counties can apply. 


REACH in the Media

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