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The Arizona School Health and Wellness Coalition is dedicated to fostering equitable policies, programs and practices in school health and wellness across the state.

 

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PURPOSE

The Arizona School Health and Wellness Coalition is a collaborative of dedicated school health stakeholders—including state and local organizations, community members, parents, and individuals whose primary role is to assist schools in creating healthy school communities. The Coalition promotes the multi-disciplinary approach outlined in the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Arizona School Health and Wellness Coalition will:

  • Implement the WSCC framework's 10 components centered around the child to focus strategies and activities and to promote holistic wellness: health education; physical education and physical activity; nutrition environment and services; health services; counseling, psychological, and social services; social and emotional climate; physical environment; employee wellness; family engagement; and community involvement.
  • Promote health-related school policies, practices, programs, and environments..
  • Increase public and decision-maker awareness and support of evidence-based strategies that support healthy school environments and communities.
  • Expand adoption of national standards and guidelines related to school-based health education, physical education/physical activity, healthy eating, and management of chronic health conditions and other school health priorities for the state (e.g., social emotional learning, mental health, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use prevention).

 

MISSION

 

The Arizona School Health and Wellness Coalition is a data-informed, multisectoral, and collaborative resource for Arizona communities seeking to create, enhance, and sustain healthy school systems.

 

Vision:

The Arizona School Health and Wellness Coalition is dedicated to creating equitable policies, programs, and practices in school health and wellness across the state.

 

Values:

We value collaborative efforts, data-informed and community-engaged action, and equity in planning, implementation, and evaluation.

 

Coalition Leadership and Structure:

The Coalition structure consists of a leadership team, action teams, and general members. The membership is on a voluntary basis. The leadership team is designed to help focus the work of the coalition to address community needs, leverage community strengths, and elevate community voices. The leadership team has state-level representation, including the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Arizona Department of Education, and includes the team leads from each of the coalition’s action teams. The action teams are designed to move the work of the coalition forward by completing projects decided on by the leadership team. The general members help to disperse updates, best practices, and general information from the field.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Help make Arizona a healthier state for all of our children.  We welcome parents, professionals & others from all backgrounds and language preferences as we seek to reach and support broader communities in Arizona.

 

 

 

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  • Rebecca Astorga, Arizona Department of Education
  • Trisha Bautista-Larson, AZ Health Zone - University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
  • Margine Bawden, AZ Health Zone - University of Arizona Cooperative Extension - Northern Region
  • Michelle Cabanillas, Arizona Department of Education
  • Rachel Callaway, Pima County Health Department
  • Miranda Graves, Arizona Department of Education
  • Elizabeth Holmes, AZ Health Zone - Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Patricia Johnson, Dairy Council of Arizona
  • Theresa Legros, Az Health Zone - University Of Arizona
  • Chris Lineberry, Apache Junction High School
  • Yasmin Lynch, Arizona Department of Education
  • Edward McClelland, Southwest Behavioral and Health Services
  • Caroline Monica, Arizona State University
  • Kim Ruiz, Arizona Department of Education
  • Liliana Ruiz-Fischer, AZ Health Zone - University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension
  • Zach Stover, Arizona Department of Education
  • Betty Thompson, AZ Health Zone - University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension
  • Scott Turner, Healthy Future US
  • Noelle Veilleux, Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Terri Verason, Arizona Dairy Council
  • Constance Washington, Arizona Department of Education
  • Kelli Donley-Williams, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment Systems
  • Darcy McNaughton, Lecroy & Milligan Associates Inc
  • Terri Verason, Dairy Council of Arizona.

 

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