Coordinated School Health
Coordinated School Health, (CSH) is a systematic approach to improving the health and well-being of all students so they can fully participate and be successful in school. The process involves bringing together school administrators, teachers, other staff, students, families, and community members to assess health needs; set priorities; and plan, implement, and evaluate all health-related activities. CSH typically integrates health promotion efforts across eight interrelated components that already exist to some extent in most schools. These components include health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling, psychological and social services, healthy and safe school environments, staff wellness, and family and community involvement.
8-Component Model Modeled after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 8-Component Model, CSH consists of eight health-related areas covering all aspects of the school environment that are linked together to function and coordinate as a unified, effective system to the benefit of the entire school community.
Click on a link below the CSH model graphic for a description of each component, benefits to students and links to helpful resources.
Health Education Health & Safe School Environment Counseling & Mental Health Services Parent & Community Involvement Staff Wellness Promotion Health Services Physical Education Nutrition Services
School Health Advisory Councils
What is a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)?
A SHAC is a group of individuals representing segments of the community, appointed by the school district to serve at the district level, to provide advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning. The SHAC will assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district's health education instruction.
SHACs provide an efficient, effective structure for recommending age-appropriate, sequential health education programs, and early intervention and prevention strategies that can easily be supported by local families and community stakeholders.
Benefits of Having a SHAC
- Addressing the health needs of students through the work of the SHAC, helps meet district performance goals and alleviates financial constraints.
- SHACs play an important role in communicating the connection between health and learning to school administrators, parents and community stakeholders.
- SHACs can help parents and community stakeholders reinforce the health knowledge and skills children need to be healthy for a lifetime.