When her son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, EDC’s Eileen Mackin was shocked at how unfamiliar his school was with handling mental health problems. After years of talking, learning, and advocating, she is now creating resources so other parents and schools can learn from her experiences. With funds from the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation, she has developed a pamphlet for parents on how they can work with their child’s school on mental health issues and is producing a companion pamphlet for schools.
Concerned about dating abuse among American teenagers, U.S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) held a Washington press conference this spring to announce national distribution of Love Is Not Abuse, a curriculum developed by EDC for Liz Claiborne, Inc. Created by EDC’s Christine Blaber, with input from educators and a national advisory board, the program helps ninth graders recognize, respond to, and seek help for their friends and peers who may be victims of abuse.
Hunger and undernutrition, as well as obesity,
plague schoolchildren around the world. Along with vitamin and mineral
deficiencies, nutritional problems can obstruct a child’s ability to
enroll, attend, and thrive in school. While the inextricable link
between health and learning has long been recognized, the most
effective way to improve health for students has been less apparent.
The concept of health-promoting schools is taking hold in China, according to EDC’s Carmen Aldinger, project director in HHD (Health and Human Development Programs) Global Programs, who recently returned from an evaluation visit for the Health-Promoting Schools (HPS) project in China’s Zhejiang Province.
What educators and parents have intuitively known—that students who are “connected” at school fare better than those who feel alienated—is now becoming a priority as researchers identify the ingredients of successful school reform.
HEC is working to move colleges away from a primarily educational approach to high-risk drinking and toward a broader, public health approach. HEC collaborates with college students, administrators, and faculty to help them re-examine and expand their responses to student drinking. In addition to serving as a clearinghouse and publisher of prevention resources, HEC provides training and technical assistance to individual campuses.
The prevention work of EDC’s Health and Human Development Programs (EDC/HHD) spans the spectrum, addressing public health challenges related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; HIV infection; injuries; and violence. We work with communities; schools; and state, local, and national agencies in both the United States and many other countries.