HealthCorps University Announces New Staff Members; New Program Sites

Posted 08/06/2014 | By HealthCorps

For Immediate Release
Date: August 6, 2014


Rachel Tennenbaum, Communications Manager, HealthCorps
212.742.2875 x 117

HealthCorps University Announces New Staff Members; New Program Sites 

Washington, DC – HealthCorps, a 501c3 co-founded by Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz to combat the childhood obesity crisis, is proud to announce the expansion of its HealthCorps University Program.

HealthCorps University (HCU) is HealthCorps’ train the trainer professional development program that makes the HealthCorps principles and curriculum available to any interested schools, summer camps, and organizations. HCU conducts an intensive two-day training program for clients, and also includes special sessions for parents and students.

Briana Webster has joined HealthCorps University as Senior Manager, HealthCorps University. In this capacity, she will be responsible for the creation of a comprehensive support network to develop and sustain robust HCU program development, as well as cultivation and management of key relationships within target regions.

Webster has focused on the issue of children’s health since 2009, through her work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program (HSP). While at the Alliance, she served as lead on a Department of Defense funded project called the “Healthy Base Initiative” (HBI). Briana was responsible for improving the health and wellness of students and staff in schools on military installations across the nation. Prior to that, she served as the Alliance’s Prince George’s County Sustainability Manager and Program Manager. In this capacity, she effectively managed nearly 200 schools within Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), a large school district outside of Washington, DC. During this time, she successfully coached 61 Prince George’s County schools to earn the Alliance’s prestigious national recognition award.

HealthCorps University has also expanded to operate in 25 sites for the 2014-2015 school year, including summer camps, non-profit organizations, and high schools around the country. This marks a large increase for HCU, which operated at four sites last school year.

Of HCU’s expansion and Webster’s hiring, Vice President of Programs, Karen Buonocore, states: “We are proud of the expansion HealthCorps University has undergone. We believe that this program fills a critical need for health education in schools and community organizations, and with Ms. Webster’s help, we are meeting that need.”

HealthCorps President Michelle Bouchard states: “I’m proud to welcome Ms. Webster to our organization. Her background ensures that she will move HealthCorps University in an exciting direction. Furthermore, HealthCorps University’s growth symbolizes a thrilling time for health education, and I look forward to seeing what this year has in store for our program.”

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps® is a 501 (c) 3 founded in 2003 by heart surgeon and Daytime Emmy Award-winning host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa to combat the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps is building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation.

HealthCorps Coordinators lead unique in-school and community programming designed to foster physical and mental fitness, particularly among high-need populations. The Coordinators serve as peer-mentors who deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, exercise and mental strength to students nationwide. For more than a decade, the HealthCorps program has inspired its participants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. And the HealthCorps schools have served as Living Labs through which we can explore the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis, as well as discover, communicate implement and advocate for national and regional solutions.

Today, the program network spans 60 schools in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Ultimately, HealthCorps’ goal is to extend the reach of its program to an ever-wider network of American communities. To that end, in 2012, we introduced HealthCorps University, a train the trainer professional development program that makes available the HealthCorps principles and curriculum to virtually any school, community or organization.

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