Family and Community Services
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Family and Community Involvement Packet
These materials have been provided to assist you to address Family and Community Involvement concerns. Just click on the links to access helpful information for school and home use. If you are interested in having a complete packet of these resources, please contact Christine Philley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-359-1737. School Use Resources
Joint Use Facility Agreements
Joint use is a way to increase opportunities for children and adults to be more physically active. It refers to two or more entities — usually a school and a city or private organization — sharing indoor and outdoor spaces like gymnasiums, athletic fields and playgrounds. The concept is simple: share resources to keep costs down and communities healthy.
Mississippi Division of Medicaid has created the Roads to Good Health Guide Book in collaboration with the Governor's Office. This 20-page document gives an overview of Medicaid and the services they provide as well as helpful nutritional and health information. You may request a copy of the book by phone 1-800-421-2408 or (601) 359-6050 if you are calling in the Jackson area.
The Office of Healthy Schools has added a fun and informative section to the OHS Website. This section will provide links and documents related to promoting healthy and active Mississippi kids.
Child Safety Seat Tips
Until they're tall enough to wear a properly positioned adult seat belt, kids will need to use a car safety seat. Using these seats, when they’re correctly installed, reduces fatal injuries in a car crash by 71 percent for nfants and 54 percent for toddlers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For more information visit Progressive's website at
Parents for Public Schools
Parents for Public Schools are a national organization of community-based chapters working in public schools through broad-based enrollment. The organization’s proactive involvement helps public schools attract all families in a community by making sure all schools effectively serve all children.
Mississippi Parents Campaign
The goal of The Parents’ Campaign is to engender a public education system that affords all students access to excellent schools so that children can become what they dream.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey - 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data
The mission of the Mississippi Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children. The Mississippi PTA also assists parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children and to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools.
We Can! Families Finding the Balance: A Parent Handbook
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) is a new public education outreachprogram designed to help children 8–13 years old stay at a healthy weight through improving food choices, increasing physical activity, and reducing screen time. The program is a collaboration
of four Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and National Cancer Institute (NCI).
We Can! is unique because it focuses on parents and families in home and community settings. Research shows that parents and families have a big impact on shaping the behavior of children. They can do much to help children maintain a healthy weight and prevent overweight.
We Can! is harnessing that power through:
- Programs in local communities throughout the country
- Partnerships with other national organizations that care about children and their health
- A comprehensive Web site for parents (http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov)
Coordinated School Health Implementation Resource (Word Doc)