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Concept to Action Making Health Academic Home Concept to Action

Concept to Action

Using Coordination, Partnerships, and Leadership to Plan and Implement CSHPs

Developing State Infrastructure: Essential Elements

Responding to Public Policy Challenges Facing Health Education


Related Initiatives

Roles for Everyone

Action Steps

Current State and Local Initiatives




Roles for Everyone

What Teachers and Schools Can Do

  • Establish school-based leadership
  • Identify other key players in the school and community
  • Establish a Healthy School Team and select a coordinator
  • Obtain buy-in from school staff and community representatives
  • Map existing school and community resources
  • Identify student, family, and staff needs
  • Identify and prioritize programmatic needs
  • Develop an implementation and coordination plan
  • Identify existing and potential sources of funding

What Families Can Do

  • Meet school personnel
  • Identify other interested parents
  • Attend school board meetings
  • Support community organizations that work with schools
  • Participate in school health fairs and committees

What Non-governmental and Community-Based Organizations Can Do

  • Conduct advocacy and public awareness activities
  • Train advocates in promoting school health programs
  • Educate legislators and legislative staff
  • Engage professional associations in interdisciplinary training and professional development
  • Support the creation of interdisciplinary curricula for relevant graduate training programs
  • Coordinate companion NGO/CBO programs
  • Identify community needs
  • Map existing school and community resources
  • Identify existing and potential funding sources
  • Disseminate information and findings about school health programs

What Administrators and School Districts Can Do

  • Secure district-level leadership
  • Establish a broad-based school-community advisory committee
  • Identify supports and challenges in the broader school community
  • Develop an implementation and coordination plan
  • Develop supportive school board policies
  • Train district and community advocates in promoting CSHPs
  • Disseminate information and findings about school health programs

What State Agencies Can Do

  • Articulate a vision of coordinated school health and how it contributes to both health and education
  • Develop infrastructure that supports the implementation of CSHPs
  • Identify and provide financial support for programs
  • Collect and distribute data on student health, school performance, and service needs
  • Demonstrate program effectiveness through evaluation
  • Develop and support state-local, school-community, and health-education coalitions
  • Strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration and professional preparation
  • Support the employment of staff with appropriate training and credentials
  • Develop materials, guidelines, and publications that support program implementation
  • Develop technology to support programs
  • Provide regular reports to legislature and solicit its recommendations

Roles for All Partners

  • Make coordinated school health a priority
  • Use research-based strategies in conjunction with learnings from the field
  • Establish a common language
  • Develop a system to monitor progress
  • Identify desired outcomes
  • Refine strategies and programs to promote continuous improvement



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