COMMUNITY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PARTNERS RECOGNIZE PRINCIPAL RICK OSER
CHIP presented Principal Rick Oser with the prestigious WINDWARD AWARD at their annual fundraiser held October 23rd at the Bahia Hotel. The Windward Award was created to celebrate the courage of cross-sector leadership and is awarded to non-traditional health leaders who bridge cross-sector collaboration to realize shared goals.
Principal at Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities, Rick has been instrumental and inspirational as he has collaborated with Dr. Ellen Beck and UCSD to create a comprehensive wellness program at the school. The program addresses the needs of students, parents, and staff, and the physical environment and focuses on introducing health into policy and curriculum. Under his leadership the elementary school had gone from among the lowest in terms of academic achievement to the highest scoring school in its district. Beyond student improvement, the teachers have also made a transition (based on surveys) from a satisfaction rate of 31% to 100%. Last year, the program expanded to include the middle school as well. While the focus of the elementary school program is health and wellness, the focus of the middle school program is to develop student identity and self-value. On both campuses, there is demonstrable attention given to making healthy choices and increased physical activity. Before and after school programs have been developed which engage students in multiple opportunities to exercise through music and sports. Collaborating with city government, health collaboratives and local universities, Mr. Oser has continually contributed to the important dialog of student and family well-being, and has proven that a healthy and caring environment is the most effective way to support student success.
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