The Elementary School Services Program at York Region Public Health is currently in the process of identifying the most effective (best
practice) communication strategies to implement within our school communities which include professional staff, volunteers and engaged parents. We are working to balance the need to ensure our health messaging is accessible both electronically, as well as in hard copy for those schools with limited computer access.
I am requesting feedback on what strategies other Health Units are implementing to communicate information to their schools. Is anyone still using paper copy newsletters? Are people using electronic modes of communication (e.g. e-Bulletins) and if so, what formats have been most affective? How often are you communicating with your schools? If you have evaluated your communication strategies with school communities, are you able to share the results?
Also, for those who are our target audience -schools and their staff members (teachers, parents, administrators, etc.) what suggestions do you have that could make receiving information from your local health unit as efficient and user-friendly as possible?
Finally, if there are any health units who have recently done any literature reviews on what is best practice on this topic and are willing to share, that would be greatly appreciated as well!
Any feedback we could get would be very helpful as we try to get a general sense of what is working well.
Amber Crate, RN, BScN
Public Health Nurse
Elementary School Program
Healthy Living Division
Community and Health Services Department