The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness’ (FCDHW) Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Program supports the implementation of evidence-based strategies and initiatives with the goals of reducing health disparities, lowering the incidence of chronic disease, and promoting healthier lifestyles throughout Fulton County. PICH was created through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Fulton County.
The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC), in partnership with the FCDHW, Atlanta Regional Commission, Fulton County Schools, Georgia Department of Education, and HealthMPowers, is working to achieve the active living goals of PICH. GHPC is taking a multipronged approach to improving moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (PA) in Fulton County elementary and middle schools. Central to the strategy is the provision of professional learning for health and physical education professionals and technical assistance to schools to improve policy, system or environmental changes in each school to support student health, and PA. Schools are supported in creating action plans that are informed by a school health assessment to understand current PA strengths, opportunities for improvement, and priorities for action. Additionally, GHPC will provide assistance with forming and/or strengthening an existing school wellness council that will assist with the school health plan creation and implementation.
GHPC will also provide:
- Access to best practices, evidence-based curricula and resources and tools of interest to schools working on health, physical activity, and nutrition
- A district-level needs assessment survey in health and of physical education professionals
- Assistance in creating and implementing strategies for communicating with staff, parents, students, and other stakeholders about fitness assessment, school nutrition initiatives, and social marketing related to health efforts