Statement of Need
Genesee County has historically been an underserved community. Out of 83 counties, Genesee County ranks at 80 for health indicators. This unhealthy environment has been exacerbated by the Flint Water Crisis when all Flint residents (including over 20,000 children) were exposed to lead in the drinking water during 2014 - 2016. In addition to the many physical dangers of lead exposure, even low blood lead concentrations are associated with an increased risk of behavioral and emotional problems, such as being anxious, depressed, or aggressive. The Covid-19 pandemic has only exacerbated those disparities.
Genesee ISD is a large organization with expertise in all aspects of education. The organization supports large scale initiatives across the entire county including 21 school districts and 14 public school academics. As a result, we have increased the capacity of our own staff as well as local districts and community-based organizations; increased our use of data-based decisions; having a generational impact. The impact of this work will ripple through the entire county.
A) Project Manager (In Kind) - Provide overall management to the project ensuring timelines, budget and outcomes are met. The PM will support coordination of health equity programs to ensure that it is prioritized and delivered with efficiency and effectiveness.
Approaches to addressing Health Equity
A high priority for students and their families has been health. This includes the overall mental health and physical health of the family. There will be two primary approaches to addressing health equity. First, we will work with a local partner to establish a health equity media campaign that will be marketed towards youth 12-18 and their parents. At the heart of this campaign will be critical messaging delivered through a variety of formats including radio, social media, television, search engine ads as well as brochures.
A second goal is to improve school staff knowledge related to health equity. This will be approached through a series of workshops, professional learning sessions and lunch & learn series that will be developed in concert with local agencies. These topics will include ACES, minor rights, social determinants of health, local referral agencies, special populations, nutrition and physical activity as well as many others.
A third strategy will be to create a website that supports adolescent health initiatives with particular focus on adolescent health topics and parent resources. These resources will consist of short videos and interactive content on a variety of content areas. Topics will include: short videos and articles on mental health, accessing health care, parent rights, minor rights, LGBTQ youth, setting boundaries, healthy relationships, mental health and many other topics for parents and adolescents.