Medical – Community Partnership

Initiative Description: The intervention began with the creation of a partnership between the school district and the medical center. First, a multidisciplinary team consisting of physicians, pharmacists, dietitians, and exercise physiologists was formed through the medical center. The plan included classroom sessions, overall school-wide changes and a family component.

Study Results: Improved healthy dietary behavior/choices & health knowledge.

Reference: Harrell, T. K., Davy, B. M., Stewart, J. L., & King, D. S. (2005). Effectiveness of a school-based intervention to increase health knowledge of cardiovascular disease risk factors among rural Mississippi middle school children. Southern Medical Journal, 98(12), 1173-1180.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good