School health is an organized approach to set policy, establish procedures, and develop activities to protect and promote the health and well-being of students and staff . This includes health services, a healthy school environment and health education.
School health leaders can strengthen the infrastructure of the school by:
- Using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model
- Integrating components of WSCC with social and emotional learning
- Growing community partnerships with schools
The WSCC model provides an approach to learning and health that considers the needs of all children as the central focus of education.
SOPHE supports health educators by providing contemporary resources, tools, information and training modules on school health related topics.
School leaders are called to be creative and are asked to use an equity framework for students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, cultures and languages, religion, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, ages and socioeconomic statuses to be healthy, to learn and thrive.
Creating Healthy and Equitable Schools
Youth are the experts of their own experiences and are essential to making decisions about wellness policy, planning, and programs that work.
Using Youth Voice to Promote Healthy Schools
Download Health Promotion Practice Special School Health collection to learn about key areas – professional development and pre-service training, quality assurance, health literacy, and large-scale implementation in schools.
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Related ResourcesPolicy brief on health education in the Every Student Succeeds Act
This policy brief examines the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), the nation’s primary federal K-12 education statute, and explores avenues to advocate for health education curricula in the U.S. school systems.