The STEPS grant in Arizona is part of a national initiative from the US Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control (CDC) called Steps to a HealthierUS, which aims to help Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives by reducing the burden of diabetes, overweight, obesity, and asthma.
Arizona is one of 12 grantees (4 are states) to initially receive this 5-year grant from the CDC. An equal partnership exists between the Arizona Department of Health Services – Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Nutrition Services, Arizona Department of Education, Arizona College of Public Health Evaluation Team, and the community partners (Cochise County Department of Health, Mariposa Community Health Center in Santa Cruz, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Yuma County, and Tohono O’odham Nation Department of Human Services) for the success of this grant.
Vision Statement: An integrated national disease prevention and health promotion approach to accelerate improvements in health and well-being.
Arizona STEPS Initiative Goal:
- Reduce the burden of asthma, diabetes, and obesity and address the related risk factors of inadequate dietary intake, physical inactivity, and tobacco use in Cochise, Santa Cruz, and Yuma Counties, and the Tohono O’odham Nation.
Main Intervention Strategies for Schools:
- School Intervention Highlights for Year 1
- School Health Index from the CDC, which is a self-assessment tool for schools to fill out to determine strengths and weaknesses of their health promotion policies and programs.
- Implement the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in each STEPS community school with grades 9-12 (odd number years).