CATCH USA gets letters and notes all the time from our communities and we wanted to share one Peter recently received from Lisa Cumings in DeKalb, Illinois. The community hospital there plays a big role in disseminating CATCH and as stakeholders have taken a unique approach in getting the program in the classroom. Seems they have recruited Northern Illinois University students as instructors.
We have seen these types of partnerships more and more in our communities with hospitals, universities, health departments, school districts and after-school organizations, all working together.
Here is Lisa's update...
We did a CATCH training with our Northern Illinois Students yesterday! We had over 50 of them in the areas of PE, Health, Kinesiology and Dietetics. They are the ones that teach our CATCH lessons in the classroom throughout the year. We added educational resource bins for all the schools that the NIU instructors can use for the classroom. I will send more pictures.
Contents of the instructor kits
Also, we conducted a "CATCH Teachers Academy" a couple of weeks ago to involve the teachers in the planning of the lessons and educating them on the concepts of CATCH. We received a lot of positive feedback and hope they will go back to their schools as "CATCH champions"!!!!
If you would like more information on either of these I am very happy to share!
Lisa Cumings RN, BSN, MEd.
Community Health Liaison
Kishwaukee Community Hospital