Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

American Cancer Society National School Health Coordinator Leadership Institute: Review and Results of the Pilot Study

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

American Cancer Society National School Health Coordinator Leadership Institute: Review and Results of the Pilot Study

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Larry K. Olsen, Towson University, Gary English, Ithaca College, Steve Dorman, Texas A&M University, Dale W. Evans, California State University--Long Beach, Tammy C. James, West Chester University; Bruce M. Ragon, University of North Carolina--Wilmington, Jan S. Richter, Oklahoma State University, Lilliam Rosado, New Jersey City University, Bill Stinson, Emporia State University, Mark A. Temple, Illinois State University, Nancy O'Hara Tompkins, West Virginia University, Paul Brynteson, Northern Arizona University, and Scott D. Winnail, University of Wyoming

In 1999, the American Cancer Society, as a part of its School Health Initiative, instituted a special institute designed to assist individuals in school districts, to develop programs to train school health coordinators. The first institute was conducted in the summer of 1999. Individuals from nearly all states in the U.S. were selected to attend, including 15 individuals who represented professional preparation institutions. Statement of the There are no current data, readily available, that can be used to explain the status of coordinated school health programs in the United States. This study represents a pilot study, which represents the first step in a series of studies designed to examine the status of coordinated school health programs in the United States. During the Summer Institute conducted in 1999, the higher education group began developing an instrument that could be used to survey local school health coordinators, to determine the status of coordinated school health programs in the United State s. This instrument went through several iterations and brief field tests such that in the summer of 2000, the 35-item instrument was administered to 45 school health coordinators who were attending the summer institute. During this presentation, the results of this initial study will be presented. Selected findings include the following: The individuals represented 45 different school districts ranging in size from 300 to 1. …

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