In a partnership between Main Line Health, Widener University and the Chester-Upland School District, students of Stetser Elementary School’s 6th grade class recently participated in the Healthy Me Program, a community collaboration designed to provide children with an innovative learning opportunity to engage in reading and math activities on themes of personal and public health.
As the first class of the Healthy Me Program, the students received certificates of completion at a graduation health fair, held on Wednesday, January 15. At the health fair, students presented their research based on the health topics they learned throughout the program.
“It was an honor to have been involved in this partnership between Main Line Health, Widener University and the Chester-Upland School District,” says Barry Mann, MD, Main Line Health Chief Academic Officer. “As health care professionals and educators, it’s our responsibility to instill these valuable lessons about health and wellness into our youth—and we can achieve this goal while giving the kids good practice in reading, writing and math. I look forward to continuing this collaboration.”
Main Line Health public health educators Maureen Krouse and Deena Roemer were responsible for developing and putting together the curriculum and learning materials. Those materials were used by the Widener University student mentors, under the supervision of Dr. Nadine McHenry, associate professor and director of the Science Teaching Center at Widener University. Topics taught throughout the 14-session program included: genetics and health, hand hygiene, nutrition education (including USDA’s My Plate recommendations and how to read food labels), and the value of exercising.
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.
At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.
Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.