New partnerships drive 50% growth for HealthTeacher
Leading healthcare organizations in 29 metropolitan markets now
work with HealthTeacher to support schools and families for improved
physical, social and emotional health of youth
Over 17,000 K-12 teachers trained in 2011 to use HealthTeacher's
online resources to positively impact their students’ lifelong
Nashville, TN (January 26, 2012)
- In 2011
HealthTeacher launched youth-health literacy collaboratives in 8
U.S. metropolitan markets. These new partnerships, underwritten by
leading healthcare organizations, provide 2,896 new schools and
their connected families with much needed online resources to
address the myriad of health issues impacting today’s youth.
In addition, the company’s existing healthcare partners expanded
their programs to include 1,194 schools in 5 U.S. metropolitan
markets. With the new and expanded partnerships, HealthTeacher is
now active in nearly three dozen metropolitan markets, serving over
10,000 schools, reaching over 6 million youth. HealthTeacher is the
health education resource used by 9 of the 15 largest school
districts in the U.S.
Lynn Britton, president and chief executive officer of Mercy, the
8th largest Catholic health care system in the U.S., said
HealthTeacher supports the proactive role Mercy is taking to improve
the health and well-being of children in the communities Mercy
serves in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.
"Parents, educators and community leaders alike are concerned about
the health of our children. There is a critical need to educate our
kids about healthy lifestyles," said Britton. "Through
HealthTeacher, Mercy is supporting schools and families with proven
resources to raise strong, healthy kids."
According to Robert I. Bonar, Jr., Dr. H.A., chief executive officer
of Dell Children’s Medical Center, HealthTeacher enables the Austin,
TX hospital to support a diverse youth population spanning 23 school
districts in 3 counties.
"With HealthTeacher we are empowering educators and families in
central Texas to directly address the health issues impacting our
children," said Bonar. "From obesity to bullying, from good
nutrition to dealing with stress, our kids are learning to make
healthy choices that lead to healthy lives."
"More and more, community leaders are joining together with schools
and families, embracing the need to go 'upstream' to stem the tide
on youth health," said Scott McQuigg, chief executive officer of
HealthTeacher. "Healthcare organizations, true to their missions,
are finding creative ways to fund HealthTeacher in direct support of
efforts by schools and families so they can have an immediate and
lasting impact on youth health."
In addition to strong business growth, HealthTeacher launched a new,
interactive deep breathing web app, designed to teach kids how to
manage stress and anxiety, and to help teachers calm their
classrooms. Since the launch in October 2011, HealthTeacher has
already facilitated over 135,000 minutes of deep abdominal breathing
in classrooms throughout the country.
In support of current and future growth, during 2011 HealthTeacher
added 20 new staff members, including leadership positions in
product, behavioral science, education and fundraising development:
John Herbold, VP product, joined HealthTeacher from Apple, Inc.
where he was a senior product manager.
Emily Coe, Ph.D., director of behavioral science, joined
HealthTeacher from Healthways, Inc. where she was on the company's
Chris Stowers, MPH, CFRE, VP development, joined HealthTeacher from
the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, where he was executive
director of the hospital’s foundation.
Jess Lawrence, regional VP of community & learning solutions, joined
HealthTeacher from her private consulting practice. Previously, Jess
was director of health education for the State of Oregon, Department
Debra Hopkins, regional VP of community & learning solutions, joined
HealthTeacher from National Geographic School Publishing, where she
was a national curriculum consultant.
HealthTeacher is a leading provider of online health promotion,
disease prevention, social/emotional wellness and safety resources
for kindergarten through 12th grade and is used by nearly 30,000
teachers nationwide. HealthTeacher helps establish community-based
youth health collaboratives by developing partnerships between
healthcare organizations, businesses, community leaders and schools
to address the growing issues affecting the health status of young
people. To learn more, visit