Coordinated School Health
The Florida Department of Health, and the Department of Education, have partnered for over 20 years to promote implementation of a Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach in all Florida Schools. CSH is an effective strategy to assist in the development and enhancement of state, district and school-based infrastructures that protect and maintain student and staff health and support academic achievement.
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Eight Components of School Health
The eight components of the CSH model, when looked at in a coordinated manner, have been shown to be highly effective in facilitating the creation of policies and environments that provide students and staff the opportunity to reach their personal potential by removing health related barriers to academic success.
- Health Education
- Physical Education
- Health Services
- Nutrition Services
- Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services
- Healthy School Environment
- Health Promotion for Staff
- Parent and Community Involvement
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has more information about the Coordinated School Health model.
Experts in the eight components of CSH focus primarily on six risk behaviors that have been identified to be most detrimental to youth:
- inadequate physical activity
- poor nutrition
- tobacco use
- alcohol and other drugs
- intentional and unintentional injury
- risky sexual behavior
Coordinated School Health Partnership (CSHP)Florida's Coordinated School Health Partnership (CSHP) is a grassroots, volunteer organization whose mission is to create Health literate and health practicing students and staff in all Florida schools. Members represent professional associations, foundations, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, insurers, health and education. The partnership is committed to working together to improve the health of children, adolescents, and staff in Florida schools. Goals focus on advocacy, policy, partnership, access to health care for all children and educating stakeholders about school health and wellness issues.
Florida Healthy Schools Newsletter
The Florida Healthy Schools Newsletter is published quarterly to share information about programs and services in the State of Florida that support healthy schools. Effective school and community programs are highlighted, as well as state level policy changes. Archives of older newsletters are housed on the Healthy District website.
Building a Healthy School District
The interactive training on this site will help you renew, refresh and reinvigorate your team's efforts to improve the health and wellness of students and staff in your district. The material is based on lessons learned and strategies developed as part of the 2011 Healthy School District Training - Using the Coordinated School Health (CSH) Approach. It provides an opportunity for district wellness policy committees and School Health Advisory Committees (SHACs) to create a solid foundation to implement CSH and enhance their wellness efforts.
This online training course offers quizzes and printable certificates for each training topic that is successfully completed. Each section is self-contained so that you may complete the training topics independent of each other. To complete all 4 sections will take approximately 1.5 - 3 hours depending on the user's level of understanding.
Florida Healthy School District Self-Assessment and Recognition
This self-assessment is based on district infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices, and Florida statutes. The tool will help school districts assess existing policies and practices and guide them toward achieving the highest standards. Districts are encouraged to include school superintendents, school boards, school administrators, component area experts, parents, and the School Health Advisory Committee in the assessment process.
Submission of the completed self-assessment is the first step to being recognized as a Florida Healthy School District by the Coordinated School Health Partnership and Florida Action for Healthy Kids. Learn more about the Florida Healthy School District Awards at www.healthydistrict.com.
District School Health Advisory Committees (SHAC)
SHACs are required by Florida statute to contain membership from the eight component areas of Coordinated School Health, provide advocacy for school health and identify needs and opportunities to maximize community resources.Florida School Health Advisory Committee Manual: This document is the Florida Department of Health approved guide to developing and conducting school health advisory committees.
Building a Healthy School
Resources and technical support to schools to establish Healthy School Teams are available on the Florida Department of Education Office of Healthy Schools website.
Charting Your School's Course to Wellness is a step by step technical assistance guide to developing and conducting a Healthy School Team.
School Employee Wellness ProgramsFlorida school districts are making tremendous strides toward creating healthy faculty and staff that are better able to educate our children, and reducing the burden of employee healthcare costs. The Florida School District Employee Wellness Partnership comprised of 30 school districts and three colleges that have employee wellness programs. The partnership created a guide to conducting and evaluating employee wellness in school districts.
School Health Data
The Florida Departments of Health, Education and Children and Families partner to administer four surveys of student behavior through the Florida Youth Survey Effort. These surveys include the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Middle School Health Behavior Survey, Florida Youth Tobacco Survey and the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey.
The School Health Profiles Survey (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and programs in states and large urban school districts. Profiles surveys of middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers are conducted every two years by state and local education and health agencies.
HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Project
The goal of this project is to strengthen the provision of effective HIV/AIDS prevention education and school health education in Florida. This goal will be accomplished through:
- Technical assistance to districts regarding updating and creating HIV/STD and pregnancy prevention policy and curriculum
- Training and professional development opportunities for parents, students, educators, school nurses, psychologists, social workers, and Department of Juvenile Justice staff offered through training tracks at various statewide conferences
- Development and promotion of partnerships between state and local departments of health, school districts, and community-based organizations