Illinois Delta Network
The Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development (CRHSSD) is a sector of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. The CRHSSD oversees the Illinois Delta Network, which is funded by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This funding has enabled the CRHSSD to implement the Illinois Catch on to Health! and the Caring Connections Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Enhancement Program.
The Illinois CATCH on to Health! Consortium (ICHC) applies a planned, systemic, and coordinated school-based approach to behavioral and environmental change to improve children’s nutrition and physical activity as well as decrease childhood obesity.
To address these needs, ICHC selected the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) as the primary change strategy and decided to focus its nutrition and physical activity project on elementary school children in the Illinois Delta Region. To implement this project, CRHSSD collaborates with Southern Illinois Healthcare, Egyptian Health Department, and Southern Seven Health Department.