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School-Community Health Coalition

Posted Date: 11/11/2019

November 12, 2019

New Community Health Coalition Forming in Wellsville

Over the last few years, through the efforts of many organizations and individuals, Wellsville has
taken steps toward becoming a healthier community with projects such as: new walking trail,
sidewalks, summer munchies, and amenities for increasing physical activity in the schools.

To help sustain and increase these types of efforts, a new coalition is forming. The coalition will be
a collaboration of community organizations and residents, initially being led by the Wellsville
School District and Franklin County Health Department, with support from a Sunflower
Foundation grant. Together, the coalition will help prioritize ideas, share resources, promote
activities, seek funding, and have a greater impact.

The group will seek to improve all aspects of health (physical, social/emotional, mental) for
students and families, civic engagement, community partnerships, and overall resident and
community wellbeing. These efforts align with the school district's 2018 strategic planning
initiative. The focus will also include factors referred to as social determinants of health, such as
environment, housing, social connections, education, and proximity to healthy food and activities.

The coalition anticipates meeting every 2-3 months, but may have subcommittees that convene
more often. The first meeting is a luncheon on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Organizers look forward to the community’s insights, ideas, and involvement in helping to make
Wellsville a healthier community.

For more information, contact:
Ryan Bradbury, Superintendent

Funding for this project was provided in part by the Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansans,
a Topeka-based philanthropic organization with the mission to serve as a catalyst for improving the
health of Kansans.