DYC gets $81K Community Foundation grant to train youth as community health workers
The two-year project will also teach parents and community members to actively participate in and advocate for school wellness in the Buffalo Public Schools.
Buffalo, New York – May 27, 2015 – D’Youville College has received an $81,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to help launch a School Health and Wellness Collaborative of Buffalo Project.
Funds were provided from the J. Warren Perry and Charles Donald Perry Memorial Fund administered by the foundation.
The project, in cooperation with the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo and the Buffalo Public Schools, is designed to improve the health and wellness efforts in the schools. It will involve youth and parent community health worker training, student service learning activities, and community based participatory research, according to Renee Cadzow, PhD, an assistant professor in the Health Services Administration Department at D’Youville and project coordinator.
“This new and innovative project will train youth as community health workers in schools to support and coordinate wellness efforts,” Cadzow said.
Studies show the impact of youth and parent engagement on the success of school wellness effort, but this has not been fully embraced locally, according to the grant request.
Community Health Worker training of youth is new to the Western New York region. A pilot training was funded by the Oishei Foundation in 2014 and conducted by the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo, which was a great success, according to Cadzow.
The project will not only train students but also teach parents and community members to actively participate in and advocate for school wellness in the district. Wellness teams in the schools will be provided links to academic resources to support their activities and college student support.
The project is planned to begin this August and run for two years. It will continue into the future through the establishment of a service learning and community participatory research process for college students and faculty.
Renee Cadzow, PhD