School Wellness Work Group
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The School Wellness working group is a network of researchers and school health practitioners initiated in 2014 to share ongoing work pertaining to school wellness policies, programs, and practices, and to foster partnerships for continuing this work.  This working group is part of both the CDC Physical Activity Policy Research Evaluation Network (PAPREN) and the Nutrition Obesity Policy Evaluation Network (NOPREN). 

The working group aims to identify and address research and practice gaps and is focused in particular on the implementation and evaluation of district policies, state laws, and federal policies and their impact on wellness practices in K-12 school settings.  Our mission is to utilize rigorous research to inform policy/practice to create and sustain health promoting school environments. Our vision is that every student in the U.S. attends a school that promotes wellness for the whole child.

Major Products

  • Conference abstracts and workshops
  • School wellness policy brief
  • Systematic review of school wellness audit tools
  • Implementation of the WSCC model ? translational pape
Fellowship Program
Recruit Post-Doctoral Fellows for a 1-2 year fellowship with stipend.  Fellowship duties include planning and leading monthly calls, coordinating working group communication, and completing a collaborative project.  Prior and current fellows are listed below:
Current/Future Priorities:
  1. Build an evidence base on approaches to implementing Whole School Whole Child Whole Community (WSCC) framework at the school level
  2. Using an implementation science lens, understand school wellness action planning and priority setting at the school and district level

Collaborate with other working groups within PAPREN and NOPREN to achieve common agenda

Erin Hager, PhD
Erin Hager, PhD
Departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology & Public Health
Program in Health Equity and Population Health​
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Juliana Cohen, ScM, ScD
Juliana Cohen, ScM, ScD
Department of Public Health and Nutrition
School of Health Sciences
Merrimack College
PAPREN Fellows
Gabriella McLoughlin, PhD
Gabriella McLoughlin, PhD
Current position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Iowa State University
Fellowship Project: Position Paper, “Recess as a practical strategy to implement the WSCC framework in schools” (under review)
Ann Kuhn, PhD
Ann Kuhn, PhD
Current position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Fellowship Project: TBD

Presentation – September 14

Monitoring COVID-19 Prevention Strategies: Rapid Data Collection to Inform School Operations

Presenter: Sarah Sliwa, PhD, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Meeting Time

2nd Tuesdays 2-3 ET / 1-2 CT / 12-1 MT / 11-12 PT

For meeting access information, contact Ann Pulling Kuhn (

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