How do RI community schools (COZs) support student health?

Community schools recognize that students’ health and mental health needs must be met before they can succeed academically. This is why community schools are always seeking ways to integrate health services into their programs. Gateway Healthcare offers an excellent first aid/mental health training program to help teachers and staff identify children in crisis and respond appropriately, and many of our Child Opportunity Zone staff have been trained. The Child Opportunity Zones are working with the RI Department of Health and The Center for Disease Control and Prevention on its implementation of Health Equity Zones, which seek to eliminate health disparities using place-based strategies to promote healthy communities. A working list of COZ involvement in Health Equity Zones is available here: hez-involvement. Child opportunity zones also incorporate physical activity into after school and summer programming, collect food for families in need, provide health information through home visiting programs to expectant parents and parents of young children, offer a variety of health courses for parents, and more. Please stay tuned for a more thorough working list of programs offered at each COZ site. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact RIPCS through this website for more information.

*To learn how New York City’s community schools are incorporating health services, please see the August 6 New York Times article by David Kirp linked on the right.

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September 29, 2016
The 4 traits that put kids at risk for addiction in The New York Times

Fall 2016
Community schools help afterschool flourish in Afterschool Today

August 7, 2016
An effective but exhausting alternative to high school suspensions in The New York Times Magazine

August 22, 2016
Erie set to launch community school pilot program in

August 16, 2016
Community schools partnership works to embrace Milwaukee's children in On Milwaukee

August 9, 2016
NEA publishes article in support of community schools in NEA Today

August 6, 2016
David Kirp on school health services and NY community schools in The New York Times

August 2, 2016
Dallas community schools and politics in The Dallas Observer

July 2016
How marginalized families are pushed out of PTAs in The Atlantic

July 13, 2016
Pittsburgh School Board to vote on 'community schools' approach in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 26, 2016
Kids Count reports RI ranks 27th in child well-being in Providence Business Journal

June 24, 2016
Kids Count reports more RI kids in poverty but fewer uninsured in RI NPR

June 23, 2016
How community schools can beat summer learning loss in SFGate

June 6, 2016
When half of the pupils are homeless, schools serve important role in The New York Times

May 22, 2016
The lifetime benefits of early childhood parental supports and home visits in The New York Times

May 18, 2016
Community schools in NY find creative ways to boost attendance in DNAinfo

May 4, 2016
"Place-based" work helps students in rural Kentucky in HomeRoom: The Official Blog of the US Department of Education

April 29, 2016
Community schools seen as way out for some schools in NY state receivership in

April 13, 2016
Philadelphia officials discuss April’s national community schools conference in Albuquerque: momentum clearly gaining in Philadelphia Public Schools "The Notebook"

April 4, 2016
Albuquerque finds success with its 20 community schools in The Albuquerque Journal

March 23, 2016
Philadelphia mayor plans to establish 25 community schools over next four years in

March 11, 2016
The Director of the Coalition for Community Schools, Martin Blank, comments on the potential impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in The Washington Post

March 10, 2016
The Coalition for Community Schools publishes its latest research paper, “Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools”

March 1, 2016
New York State sets $250 million funding goal for community schools

February 22, 2016
Two superintendents discuss community school successes and lessons

February 11, 2016
David Denby of The New Yorker urges an increase in health and social services to improve student outcomes


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