Reviewing Data, Making Plans

Submitted By: Emily Shore | RMC Health

RMC Health and the Colorado School of Public Health Survey Team hosted a training for school wellness leaders at the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Conference Center on March 13, 2020. This was the last Friday before school buildings were shut down due to COVID-19.

During this training, participants reviewed their 2019-20 Smart Source Reports to analyze data, identify gaps, and determine health and wellness priorities.

The training culminated in a workshop activity where participants developed a School Health Improvement plan (SHIP) unique to their school.

A total of 9 brave participants attended the training. Not only was it the last day before schools shut down, but mother nature decided to contribute white, fluffy snowflakes throughout the day too. As one training participant put it, “I was shocked at how engaged and motivated I was during this training,” but thanks to the “informative, engaging, and supportive facilitators” [it] “was a very good experience.”

For the nine participants that attended, the impacts of the overall training were significant One hundred percent (100%) of training participants indicated the training was “generally” or “significantly” useful, applicable to their work, and reinforced their thinking. All participants (100%) indicated they had a “moderate” or “great” increase in their overall knowledge, skills, and confidence.

Participants expressed many learnings and intent to implement what they learned in their practice.

“I can use the Smart Source data as part of the school wellness team to make changes at my school.” – training participant

“The most valuable thing I learned is “how to interpret the data to help me write a SMART objective” – training participant

“The most valuable thing I learned is “taking multiple data points to create a SHIP.” – training participant

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Training participants from Adams 12 (North Star Elementary), Aurora Public Schools (South Middle School), JeffCo Public Schools (Bell Middle School), Poudre School District (Shepardson Elementary), and Thompson School District (Thompson Valley High School & Bill Reed Middle School).
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Just over a week after this training was conducted, one of the facilitators from the Colorado School of Public Health Survey Team had her baby. Notice the bump picture!

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