ERIC Number: ED404578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Early to Rise: A Guide to the Professional Development of Rural Health Educators.
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR, Rural Education Program.
The School-Community Health Alliance for Rural Practitioners (SCHARP) was planned and implemented to address the severe health education and service problems faced by school children and citizens of rural America. Small rural school and communities lack the resources, expertise, and leverage to influence public policy to address these needs. This report describes the potential of higher education partnerships in promoting health and well being in small, rural schools and communities. The SCHARP project is built around three important concepts: (1) the integration of school and community health and social support services; (2) the parallel integration of the school and community health curriculum across all subject matter; and (3) the brief and intense training of a school-community health practitioner. The first three sections of the report outline the nature of the SCHARP intervention--the summer regional academies, the context of the local site, and the services used to support the local practicum. The following three sections then explore various ways to extend or reinforce the efficacy of the SCHARP model, including professional recognition, educational technology, and systemic improvements. The report concludes with a brief summary of lessons learned to guide those who may wish to employ similar approaches. Three attachments are: (1) The Allensworth and Kolbe Model of comprehensive health; (2) Outline of Academy I and Academy II; and (3) Practitioner Self Report. Contains 18 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR, Rural Education Program.