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Wellsville School-Community Health Coalition Update

February 4th, 2020

The Wellsville School-Community Health Coalition met in November and January.  The coalition is a collaboration of community organizations and residents, being led by USD 289 and the Franklin County Health Department.  This coalition seeks to improve all aspects of health (physical, social/emotional, mental) for students and families, civic engagement, community partnerships, and overall resident and community wellbeing.  Through a survey of attendees, the following areas were identified as core areas of interest and focus for the committee: healthy food access, community facilities and activities, community service opportunities, community supports related to mental health prevention, community information/communication, and creating a welcoming community.  

In January, committee members took a deep dive into healthy food access.  Erin Laurie, Franklin County Health Department, led a discussion on common barriers to healthy food access in rural areas, and emerging models to address this need.  Sub-Committees were created based on the core areas of focus mentioned above. Short and long term goals and projects were discussed and created in the sub-committees.  Short term projects discussed include the following:

  • Family, Fun, Fitness Night

  • Wellness Fair  

  • Biking / Walking Clubs - Spring Kick-off event

  • Community Service Projects

Anyone interested in learning more or participating in the coalition is encouraged to contact Ryan Bradbury, Superintendent, at or 785-883-2388.

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