HealthCorps® Living Labs Coordinator Jessica Silon awarded Dr. Richard R. Rush Community Partner Award by California State University Channel Islands
New York – May 15, 2019 – HealthCorps® (www.healthcorps.org), a national non-profit with innovative approaches to help teens grow mentally strong and physically fit, is pleased to announce that HealthCorps Living Labs Coordinator Jessica Silon (Eastport, New York) was awarded the Dr. Richard R. Rush Community Partner Award
The Dr. Richard R. Rush Community Partner Award honors a community partner who exemplifies what it means to be a partner in student learning and ensuring high-impact practices.
Silon was given the award alongside Oxnard Union High School District Farm to School Coordinator Anna Jackson. Over the past academic year, Jackson and Silon have supported 7 school-wide health fairs reaching over 10,000 students, conducted nutrition focused clubs at each school, and implemented the OUSHD Wellness Policy district wide.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive the Richard R. Rush Community Partner Award for 2019. Without the strong and inspired partnership with Anna Jackson, the entire OUHSD Farm to School team, Kristen Linton and her great students, this collaborative project would not have been possible. I look forward to continuing our work together, to further connect CSUCI to the OUHSD, HealthCorps and our community in a meaningful, positive way,” said Silon.
Silon holds her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Jessica received her Health Coaching Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Silon has worked with non-profits such as Cornell Cooperative Extension and Foodlink of Rochester, serving underserved communities through providing nutrition education and healthy cooking class instructions.
HealthCorps is a 501 (c)(3) founded in 2003 that works in high need high schools to give teens tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives.
It has impacted 2.5 million students and educators since then. We have a network of 350 schools and school sites across 23 states that we have worked in through our Living Lab and educator training programs.