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dc.contributor.authorBryn Austin, S
dc.contributor.authorCohen-Bearak, Adena
dc.contributor.authorWardle, Kacey
dc.contributor.authorFung, Teresa Toiyee
dc.contributor.authorCheung, Lilian Wai-Yin
dc.date.accessioned2010-11-18T19:03:19Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationAustin, S. Bryn, Teresa Fung, Adena Cohen-Bearak, Kacey Wardle, and Lilian W. Y. Cheung. 2006. Facilitating change in school health: a qualitative study of schools’ experiences using the school health index. Preventing Chronic Disease 3(2).en_US
dc.identifier.issn1545-1151en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4582587
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: As school-based efforts increase to address the epidemic of childhood obesity, a priority for health professionals and educators will be to identify effective tools appropriate for use in schools to help guide health promotion programs and policies. This article describes the results of a qualitative research study examining school staff and community members' experiences working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's School Health Index, a self-assessment and planning tool that addresses nutrition and physical activity. Methods: In-depth interviews were carried out with faculty, staff, and community collaborators in nine public schools that were using the School Health Index to develop nutrition and physical activity initiatives for students. Interviews were conducted twice: once after a school had completed the School Health Index and once approximately 1 year later. Transcript data from interviews with 34 participants were analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: Findings indicated that school experiences differed markedly depending on whether they received help from an outside facilitator to work with the School Health Index. Unlike staff in schools working on their own, school staff working with outside facilitators described completing the School Health Index in a collaborative way, creating action plans, and working as a team to implement health promotion initiatives. In addition, the involvement of an outside facilitator supported schools in undertaking more complex tasks with a greater degree of collaboration across the school and local communities in order to achieve goals. Conclusion: Outside facilitators may significantly enhance schools' efforts to work with the School Health Index and influence the organizational strategies they use to implement health promotion initiatives.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCenters for Disease Control and Preventionen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2006/apr/05_0116.htmen_US
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1564114/pdf/en_US
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dc.titleFacilitating Change in School Health: A Qualitative Study of Schools’ Experiences Using the School Health Indexen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionVersion of Recorden_US
dc.relation.journalPreventing Chronic Diseaseen_US
dash.depositing.authorFung, Teresa Toiyee
dc.date.available2010-11-18T19:03:19Z
dash.affiliation.otherSPH^Nutritionen_US
dash.affiliation.otherSPH^Nutritionen_US
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dash.contributor.affiliatedCheung, Lilian
dash.contributor.affiliatedFung, Teresa


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