Health and Wellness for the League's Member Schools
Like other public schools, charter schools face health challenges and learning barriers related to the physical and mental wellbeing of their students. Since 2013, the League has benefited from the generous support of the Colorado Health Foundation to advance health equity for public charter schools. As a direct result, charter schools now benefit from increased access to funding opportunities, partnerships, training and professional development, technical assistance. To date, over 30 charters have received health and wellness funding, and two new school-based health centers opened in 2019, to mark a few successes of the Healthy Charter School Initiative.
Meet Our School Wellness Director
Rainey Wikstrom serves as the School Wellness Director to the League’s member schools. Rainey also operates The Healthy People Project, a consultancy dedicated to advancing healthy schools in Colorado. Rainey began her career through a parent advocacy role at her children’s elementary school. This rewarding experience led to a career bringing together community, funders, opportunities and resources in support of advancing healthy schools in Colorado. Since 2013, Rainey has served as a champion for Colorado’s charters to ensure their equitable access to health and wellness opportunities.
Health and Wellness Project Services:
With the continued support of The Colorado Health Foundation, the League’s grant-funded project focuses on increasing equitable access to school meals/better options, health services, and resiliency supports and training for charters with 50% or more FRL, and located in rural and under-resourced areas of Colorado.
Project leads include:
Consultant, Morgan Biedelman, supports eligible schools with comprehensive resiliency training and supports.
Rainey Wikstrom, the School Wellness Director, provides technical assistance to eligible schools to address barriers to accessing school meals/better options, and health services. Additional services include increasing charters access to health and wellness resources, funding and opportunities through the growth of partnerships and advocacy and usage of the Healthy Schools Hub.
Kia Murray, Academic Services Director, co-coordinating two Healthy School Educational Summits to reach charters in rural and under-resource areas of Colorado in 2021 and 2022 with professional development training opportunities to advance health and wellness.
The Healthy Schools Hub-A New One Stop Shop for Health & Wellness Resources
The League is actively encouraging charter school participation in the Healthy Schools Hub as a means to gain access to key health and wellness resources and opportunities available to your school. Enroll for news & notifications From The Hub. The Hub connects Pk-12 educators with each other, families and community partners to increase student success. Please create an account on The Hub