Funded Projects

Grant Status: Active

Training Category: Healthy Tomorrows

Grant Title: Healthy Tomorrows for Canutillo Independent School District

Project Director(s):

Yok-Fong Paat, PhD
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX
Phone: 915-747-5789
Email: ypaat@utep.edu

Problem:

The lack of access to structured physical activities, nutritious food, preventive health care, and health information can impact health outcomes of school aged children.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Increase students' access to experiential learning and health education. Objectives: Develop a resource sharing system; organize health fairs, community health project day, and health promotion competition; provide planned and structured after school enrichment activities; implement individualized case management and nutrition education curriculum. Goal 2: Improve students' access to service delivery. Objectives: Increase awareness of existing services; identify at risk students to provide referrals; provide one-on-one case management and nutrition education. Goal 3: Increase students' access to sustainable systems/linkages of care through increase of community partnerships, qualified health professionals, and trained community members. Objectives: Increase number of community partnerships established, and numbers of interns, school personnel, and community members trained.

Methodology:

This project has seven important components that target the needs of school aged children: 1) Treasure Chest of Knowledge, 2) Healthy Kids, 3) Family Health Day, 4) Health Promotion Competition, 5) Nutrition Across the Life Span, 6) Individualized Care Management, and 7) Circle of Care.

Coordination:

This project is a coordinated community based initiative of the Canutillo Independent School District, The University of Texas at El Paso, and Project Vida Health Center.

Evaluation:

Project data will be collected periodically to establish baseline, track annually, and ensure efficient/successful implementation of the project. Process and outcome evaluation of the project includes developing 1) survey tools to effectively assess changes (from pre to post) in levels of awareness, knowledge, and satisfaction with the activities, 2) a practical database to track activities, trainings, and events/activities that are offered each year, as well as the numbers and characteristics of participants.