Working together for better health
Together for Health is an innovative, collaborative approach to improving the health and well-being of the students, families, and community members in Duluth’s three Full Service Community Schools* — Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, Lincoln Park Middle School and Denfeld High School. The program builds on the strengths and diversity of the schools and neighborhoods, health care and mental health providers, public health, and local community agencies. Generations, in partnership with the Duluth Community School Collaborative, convenes a Leadership Team committed to sharing resources and expertise to address needs and develop broad prevention and wellness initiatives. See side bar for list of Together for Health Leadership Team Members.
Together for Health at Myers-Wilkins
Through financial support from Generations to the Duluth Community School Collaborative, a Community Health Coordinator located at Myers-Wilkins Elementary school directly connects with the community and serves as a liaison to health and social services. Access to coordinated delivery of social, health, economic, and educational services offered through school/community partnerships aims to improve outcomes for students, their families, and neighborhood residents.
Community engagement lies at the very heart of Together for Health. From the outset of this project, parents and community members have been integral partners in identifying the underlying barriers to achieving optimal health, and developing strategies for addressing these issues within schools and neighborhoods.
*Using schools as hubs, community schools bring educators, families, and community partners together to offer a range of opportunities, supports, and services to children, youth as well as their families and communities. Please see the Coalition for Community Schools for more information.