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1 Shared Use of Schools National and State Perspective Stacy Frelund Government Relations Director, IA

2 What is Shared Use? Shared use (also known as joint use ) is the concept of opening up access to a facility or resource to allow use by community members who would otherwise be excluded. Example When a school opens up access to its grounds to allow the public to use a track or playground outside of school hours.

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4 Who s involved in shared use agreements? Typically a school and a city Also includes any other facility who opens to public through a formal agreement Not always two partners..facilities can have open agreement to allow community access for healthy eating/active living purposes For more information, ChangeLab Solutions.org has sample open use agreements

5 Benefits of shared use agreements? Improve health of community members Increased access to school tracks, fields, playgrounds, gyms, that allow public to get physical activity given that many Iowa communities have limited facilities Collaboration between schools, cities and counties, and departments of planning, health, parks and recreation Shared use also builds community with all community members- example school bond issues

6 Challenges to shared use agreements Time Relationship building Liability risk Maintenance Operations Cost of a program All of the challenges can be addressed through partnerships

7 Key Stakeholders Community members and parents Students or children who live in a community that lacks adequate, safe spaces to play. Additional stakeholders may be community organizations that provide programming (i.e. Kiwanis clubs, YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Senior organizations etc.)

8 More Information on Shared Use Where can I find more information? For additional resources, please visit the Shared Use Clearinghouse, a repository of information including toolkits, legislation, shared use agreements, policies, research and reports. Who can I contact if I have more questions? Mikaela Randolph Shared Use Campaign Manager

9 National Shared Use Task Force Active Living Research Alliance for a Healthier Generation American Association of School Administrators American Heart Association Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum ChangeLab Solutions FAME Corporation Funder's Collaborative on Youth Organizing NAACP National Association of State Boards of Education National League of Cities National Association of School Resource Officers National Congress of American Indians National School Plant Management Association Public Health Law Center Safe Routes to School National Partnership Salud America

10 Bridging Solutions to a Healthier Iowa New coalition lead by American Heart Association Two initiatives this yearshared use of schools and state funding for Safe Routes to School 22 organizations recruited so far but always looking to build more partners

11 Advocacy in Action in Iowa Iowa Tobacco Tax Iowa Healthy Kids Act and Smoke Free Air Act Implementation of Smoke Free Air Act Saved CPR Requirement for High School Graduation and Tobacco Control Program 2013-All Iowa babies screened for CCHD and Medicaid Expansion 2014-Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Services Covered for all on Medicaid and Iowa Health and Wellness Plan

12 Why work on shared use in Iowa? Iowa now has the 12th highest adult obesity rate in the nation Iowa's adult obesity rate is 31.3 percent, up from 23.4 percent in 2004 and 12.2 percent in 1990 Find ways to increase physical activity opportunities in the places where people live, work, learn and play. People who have parks or recreational facilities nearby exercise 38 percent more than those who do not have easy access.

13 Liability Concerns in Iowa Public Health Law Center Evaluation Iowa Schools have liability risk when opening for community use after hours Some schools still opening while others are reluctant American Heart Association and other health organizations united to work on clarifying liability risk for schools Bills introduced past three years

14 WISCONSIN: RECREATIONAL USE AGREEMENTS Clarifying liability - Wisconsin Act 162 Recreational Use toolkit /files/resources/using%20rec%20agreements% 20in%20WI%20Schools%20June% pdf Collaboration

15 Do you have a shared use agreement? Is your school open for community use? If so, what does your agreement look like? If not, what are the barriers you face to opening to community use? Need an example?

16 Iowa Policy Agenda: Prevent Obesity Increase Shared Use of Schools-Clarifying liability risk to schools opening for community use Promote Increased Physical Activity for Kids Secure state appropriations for the Safe Routes to Schools Program to promote kids walking to school. Promote Healthy Eating Support adoption of AHA nutrition procurement standards as the policy for the purchase of food by state government.

17 You Can Make an Impact Your Voice Matters! One Call Can Make a Difference- Smoke Free Air Act Example Iowa is Unique-Attend a Forum May be Only Person There Never Know Who May Be There One on One with your Lawmaker Legislators are Just Like You They Want to Hear Stories! They Represent You!

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19 Text to Join Text HEART to Reply back to the follow-up text with your name, and zip It s That EASY!!!!

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