Making the case for Prevention, Resilience and Well-being through academic and experiential learning STUDIES Lakeside Middle School, first pilot Whole Health Studies program, 21st Century Community Learning program (U.S. Dept. of Education) Spring semester 2019 (PDF) A pre- and post-student survey of the first implementation of a multi-activity whole health learning program, for 6th – 8th graders at Lakeside Middle School in Millville, Cumberland County, NJ. The study was based on an instrument design by Kate Tumelty Felice, chair of the Education Advisory Board and coordinator of the Lakeside project. Lakeside and three other middle schools also implemented Whole Health Studies in after-school programs. ALLIANCES NIH Whole Person Health Research Initiative In early 2021 WholeHealthED was invited by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NCCIH to join 12 other organizations in an external stakeholder advisory group for its groundbreaking Whole Person Health Research initiative. Others are long time academic research and professional organizations whose work in integrative medicine over 30+ years established many “whole person health” precepts, including the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health (70+ leading schools of medicine), the Veteran’s Administration’s Whole Person Health System, and the very influential Whole Health Institute. NCCIH has also convened a number of its sister NIH centers and institutes. WholeHealthED is the only member devoted solely to children’s health. We have formed our own Research Interest Group to support the Whole Person Health initiative and to establish a cohesive framework for research on multiple school-based wellness disciplines and their impact on student well-being and resilience. MEETINGS & CONFERENCES March 2020: Briefing at NIH for NCCIH leadership on Whole Health Learning and support for Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Health. This unique in-person meeting of a leading NIH research institute and investigators specializing in multiple student-based wellness activities took place only days before COVID closed down the in-person meeting world for the duration. Our school-based whole health school research framework was in synch with research NCCIH had been funding for studying the effects on health of time in nature; the impacts of music, and at a time when a network of institutions began studies on emotional well-being. NCCIH was also in the early stages of responding to an important 20-19 study from the National Academies entitled “Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth,” which ultimately led to creation of a research agenda for NCCIH.