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Program Description

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is partnering with the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) to coordinate efforts and improve the health of Indiana children through the school setting. The Department of Education has received a 5-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to bring the Coordinated School Health Program model to Indiana. The grant includes staff members in both state agencies.

What is Coordinated School Health?

Coordinated school health is a way of improving children’s health and removing barriers to learning. Coordinated school health concentrates on the well-being of K-12 students. It is about teaching children how to make healthy choices and helping students become healthy adults by coordinating parents, schools, and communities to make schools healthy environments.

The Need

 

The primary role of schools is to educate our youth. However, students cannot learn at an optimal level if they come to school tired, hungry, sick, hungover from drugs, or fearful of violence. The following national statistics begin to illustrate some of the health problems educators face in the classroom:

  • 1 in 7 students has been in a physical fight on school property.
  • Every 60 seconds a child is born to a teen mother.
  • Obesity affects 1 in 5 children in the U.S.
  • Each day, 3,000 children start smoking - 1 every 30 seconds.
  • 1 in 3 high school students report having consumed 5 or more drinks in a row.
  • Every 4 hours, a child in America commits suicide.
(statistics taken from the Council of Chief State School Officers' School Health Starter Kit)

 

The Benefits

A Coordinated School Health Program addresses these and other important health concerns in a coordinated fashion so that the barriers to learning are minimized. Some of the benefits of the Coordinated School Health Program include:

  • Reduced school absenteeism
  • Fewer behavior problems
  • Improved student performance
  • New levels of cooperation among parents, teachers, and organizations
  • A more positive spirit among educators and students
  • Health Awareness made a part of the fabric of children's lives
  • Young people more prepared to be productive members of society
(information taken from the Council of Chief State School Officers' School Health Starter Kit)

The Components

The Coordinated School Health Program model includes the following eight interactive components.

CSHP Interactive Components

 

Coordination between each of the components is essential to creating a healthy climate in our schools that will enable students to learn at an optimal level.

For More Information

Detailed information about the Coordinated School Health Program in Indiana can be found on the Indiana Department of Education’s website.

Click here to download and print a brochure about the Coordinated School Health Program.

Health data on adolescents in Indiana gathered through the Youth Risk Behavior Survey is available on the Indiana State Department of Health’s website.

Click here to contact the Coordinated School Health Program Director at the Indiana State Department of Health

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