Kerrie Partridge, the Adolescent Health and Community Engagement Program Manager at the Mary Amelia Women’s Center, has been a key leader in the formation of the Landry-Walker High School Health Coalition, which is comprised of school faculty, staff, students and administration, community leaders, and non-profit organizations. It is a consortium of public health and social service groups that aim to complement the existing school programming through the implementation of programs focused on comprehensive health and leadership development. Current coalition partner organizations include Brotherhood, Inc., City of New Orleans Health Department Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, Connect to Protect, Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, the New Orleans Family Justice Center, and the Mary Amelia Women’s Center at Tulane University. The goal of the coalition is to create a child centered environment that builds Landry-Walker High School’s capacity to serve their students as a “one stop shop,” so that all needs are provided in house. Specifically, the Landry-Walker High School Health Coalition aims to:
- Create a student-centered environment that provides a space for students to actively participate in health programming and leadership development.
- Decrease barriers that keep students from accessing available health and development resources.
- Evaluate students’ current knowledge and behaviors inform future health programming and resources offered in the school.
- Increase the implementation of comprehensive health programs that align with students’ needs and interests as identified by students and school staff.
- Increase collaboration among school staff, public health professionals, and community leaders.
- Evaluate the success of the coalition and contribute to the innovative thinking as to how this model can be replicated in other schools.