Key Project Outcome
With AASM Foundation support, our team provided customized sleep health education to a large group of school-based counselors that serve students (K-12) in the city of Rochester, NY and the surrounding metro area. The city of Rochester is the third-poorest big city in the country – with approximately 25,000 (52%) of children under age 18 living in poverty. Furthermore, comprehensive sleep education and training is virtually non-existent for mental health and related professionals that serve youth in this area. Based on an assessment of school-based counselors’ knowledge and needs, we developed and delivered a comprehensive sleep health curriculum through in-person training, small group discussions, workshop materials, and a resource guide. Through the trainings, we also helped counselors to develop strategies for disseminating information within their respective schools. By supporting youth through their counselors and school-based staff, this project created an avenue to improve sleep health for thousands of children among a difficult to reach population.