Who We Are

Achieving health and education equity in partnership with rural communities.

The Center for Rural School Health & Education partners with rural schools and communities to conduct projects that support efforts to ensure that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

We’ve been using AIM, our strategic planning process, since 2005 to help schools implement the latest evidence-based practices to support healthy, happy children. We facilitate schools and communities in Assessing practices in their community, Identifying which practices they’d like to put in place, and Making it happen through action planning and implementation.


What We Do

Our Approach

  • Build relationships face to face: We travel to rural towns and meet with schools, public and mental health agencies, and other community partners to learn about their concerns, priorities, and challenges.  Together, we determine how we can partner to meet their needs in ways that leverage community assets and initiatives.
  • Engage the community as full and equal partners: We have a Community Advisory Board that meets monthly to provide guidance and wisdom to ensure that our Center is addressing the most pressing issues facing rural communities.
  • Conduct research that directly benefits schools and communities: We use a community-based participatory research approach to study issues of concern to communities. Our highest priority is to ensure that communities directly benefit from the programs and initiatives that we co-develop.  Each of our projects has a steering committee comprised of stakeholders from the community that meets regularly to provide programmatic and research oversight to specific projects.
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