Healthy Alternative Schools and Community Partnerships Initiative
Burchell High School
Burchell reported increases in graduation rates, increases in attendance rates, increases of credits obtained each year, declines in student reported risk behaviors, increases in professional development opportunities in health offered to staff, and an increase in the number of students participating in healthy activities as impacts related to its involvement in the Initiative. Funded Alternative Schools Healthy Students Initiative highlights at Burchell included the work conducted by its Life Coach. This position assisted with the delivery of two health classes per quarter which effectively doubled the number of health courses previously offered. Not only did the Life Coach integrate its chosen School Level Impact Measure (SLIM) material into the health classes offered, but also provided professional development to Burchell High School staff thereby fulfilling its Professional Development SLIM. Burchell’s plans for next year include increased services to homeless students, launching an onsite recovery support group, and training a peer helper group to present on healthy relationships. In the 2011-2012 school year, Burchell greatly expanded its community partnership with the Mat-Su Valley’s Co-Occurring Disorders Institute. The expanded collaborative provided Burchell students with crisis counseling and referrals to local mental health providers, co-sponsored two student health fairs, and conducted the nationally recognized Strengthening Families Program. Burchell also created a wellness coalition and trained a cadre of Peer Educators who helped conduct the school health fairs as well as presented/assisted in the delivery of Fourth R Healthy Relationships and Safer Choices Curriculum to more than 100 students.
In the 2012-2013 school year, highlights at Burchell included the work conducted by the Crisis Intervention Team. Suicide prevention staff development training and Crisis Counseling were provided by a contract with CODI (Mat-Su Valley’s Co-Occurring Disorders Institute); 118 students completed suicide screenings, 52 students received crisis counseling and 15 students participated in parenting classes. CODI and Burchell staff organized two Health Fairs for students increasing their knowledge in health, prevention and the availability of additional resources. The Promoting Healthy Alternative Schools and Community Partnerships Initiative greatly expanded Burchell’s community partnership with CODI. It provided Burchell students with crisis counseling and referrals to local mental health providers, co-sponsored two student health fairs, and provided school nursing services for students.