A Message from Annie Reed, National Director of Thriving Schools:
It is with great excitement that we, at Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools, are announcing today some exciting developments that will deepen our ability to serve the social and emotional health of school communities.
Health care groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics are strengthening the conversation around education and health by recommending that pediatricians routinely ask parents about their child’s school attendance and how many days they may have missed school in the past month.
McFadden Intermediate School in Santa Ana, California, has been part of a 2-year program focused on building a resilient school environment for students and staff at its campus. RISE — short for Resilience In Schools Environments — implements policies, practices and trainings to help the school students and staff adapt to and deal with challenges, trauma and emotionally charged experiences.
Walking and biking are healthy ways to get to and from school. Check out these helpful resources from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership that work to increase awareness and engagement for parents, school leaders and school administrators.
“Healthy kids are better learners,” said Loel Solomon, vice president of Community Health for Kaiser Permanente. “By expanding our partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation we will help more of our schools make powerful, sustainable changes, resulting in a healthier school staff, and healthier students ready to learn."
Kaiser Permanente health plans around the country: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., in Northern and Southern California and Hawaii • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc., Nine Piedmont Center, 3495 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-364-7000 • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., 2101 E. Jefferson St., Rockville, MD 20852 • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, 500 NE Multnomah St., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington or Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Options, Inc., 601 Union St., Suite 3100, Seattle, WA 98101