Addressing Rural Health Disparities through a Whole Child Approach
“Whole Child wellness represents a common cause between educators and public health professionals—a shared paradigm embracing the vision that health education not only improves health; it improves education.” – When Are We Going to Teach Health? (Van Dusen, 2020)
CATCH has found that coordinating a campus around a Whole Child approach to wellness provides a foundation upon which all physical and mental well-being programs and initiatives can thrive. It is well documented that healthy kids are better learners and that social and emotional skills lead to better academic and life outcomes. Our model for addressing social determinants of health has three components:
Tools and Support for Rural Schools
CATCH offers a variety of programs, training, and support to help schools in rural communities create environments that encourage, promote, and support healthy choices for life. Through our robust online platform and virtual training & technical support, we are able to bring evidence-based resources to communities in a manner that is both effective and cost-efficient.
Our evidence-based programs are accessed via the CATCH.org platform and provide teachers with all of the tools they need to deliver health lessons in the classroom or gym. CATCH also offers a variety of trainings – delivered virtually or in-person – to orient educators to the materials and provide best practices for program delivery. Our trainings are informative and fun and have been shown to significantly improve overall effectiveness.
Campuses or districts interested in a more hands-on approach can take advantage of our Whole Child Guided Journey, which provides multiple trainings and touch-points throughout the year to help school wellness leaders and teams develop the knowledge, skills, confidence, and ability to effectively lead coordinated whole child programming across the entire school campus using the evidence-based CATCH framework.