Coordinated School Health

Schools provide a central point for organizing communities to work together to maintain the well-being of young people. A Coordinated School Health Programs (CSHP) organizes eight interactive components to support student health and learning. Each component addresses specific education, services, counseling, and support to provide instruction, models, interventions, and healthy environments that build and reinforce healthy student behaviors.

These links and resources highlight tools to start a CSHP. The eight components to the left highlight specific tools and guidance to plan and implement each program component.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child
The Whole Child approach is the next evolution of the coordinated school health model. Developed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the model aims to align the policies, processes, and practices of education, public health, and school health to improve learning and health.

American Cancer Society – School Health Councils
School Health Council (SHC) are essential to develop a CSHP. The SHC should include members from each area of the Coordinated School Health Program, such as health and physical education teachers, school nurses, and a variety of community members including local health care professionals.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development – Whole Child Initiative
Learn how to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long term development and success of children.

California Department of Education – Coordinated School Health
Coordinated school health definitions and guidance, and obtain presentations about coordinated school health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coordinated School Health Programs
Descriptions of the eight components of coordinated school health and links to other CSHP resources.

Local School Wellness Policies
Guidance, legislation, and resources for developing and implementing the healthy nutrition environment component of Local School Wellness Policies.

School Health Index – CSHP Planning and Assessment Tools
Self-assessment and planning tools to plan a CSHP and improve student health and safety programs.


SHAPE (Shaping Health As Partners in Education) Newsletter - Autumn 2014
SHAPE pioneers share their stories in this final SHAPE Newsletter. In addition, new resources, research, training, and funding opportunities are provided to continue building effective school and community partnerships.

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