Coordinated School Health

Schools play a critical role in addressing the physical, emotional, social, and environmental factors related to health and well-being that can affect learning. Schools that adopt a coordinated approach to planning and problem-solving to meet students' needs are more likely to position them for success in school and throughout their lifetimes.

CDC Resources

School Employee Wellness
Fostering the physical and mental health of school employees helps to support student's health and academic success.

School Health Guidelines
Provides an introduction to the evidence-based School Health Guidelines to promote healthy eating and physical activity. 

School Health Index (SHI) Self-Assessment & Planning Guide
Schools can use these online self-assessment and planning tools to improve their health and safety policies and programs.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)
This model expands on the eight elements of CDC's coordinated school health (CSH) approach and is combined with the whole child framework. This page contains resources for planning and implementing a coordinated school health program.

Virtual Healthy School
This interactive learning tool will provide an opportunity to explore the classrooms and other areas to learn how to create a healthier school. 

Other Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics Position Statement: Role of the School Nurse in Providing School Health Services

Health in Mind Report: Improving Education through Wellness
Present recommendations from Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) and Trust for America's Health (TFAH), which focus on supporting schools in addressing health and wellness to improve student learning and achievements.

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors School Health Publications
Resources and tools for collaborating with different departments on topics such as attendance, mental health, and chronic health conditions.

NASN Improving Care Coordination for Students with Chronic Health Conditions Toolkit
National Association of School Nurses resources to support the school nurse leadership role in building school communities through collaboration with state and local health and education leaders. Advancing the leadership role of school nurses optimizes the health and learning of students with chronic health conditions.

School Administrators and School Boards

American School Health Association
Contains articles that provide concrete actions that district and building administrators and school boards can take to support this approach to enhance learning and health.

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Page Updated 10/11/23