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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.
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 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:
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:
The Coordinated School Health Program model includes the following eight 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.
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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