What is a Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP)?
A CSHP is an organized set of programs, policies and activities. This coordinated model consists of assessing the school environment, having a school health or wellness council and developing an action plan.
This team has members at both the Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Department for Public Health. We are federally funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for three priority areas:
Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Coordinated School Health Programs/Physical
Activity, Nutrition and Tobacco
The purpose of our funding is to provide schools, districts and community partners with professional development (PD), technical assistance (TA), data and resources in these three priority areas.
The group works together on these components:
Counseling & Social Psychological Services
Healthy & Safe School Environment
Family & Community Involvement
Health Promotion for Staff
Practical Living and Career Studies Program Review-September 2012
The Link Between Health and Academic Achievement – Basch -
Academic success is an excellent indicator for the overall well-being of youth and a primary predictor and determinant of adult health outcomes. Leading national education organizations recognize the relationship between health and education, as well as the need to embed health into the educational environment for all students.*
Students with higher grades are significantly less likely to have engaged in behaviors such as:*
- carried a weapon
- current cigarette use
- current alcohol use
- ever had sexual intercourse
- did not eat for 24 hours to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight
- watched television three or more hours per day.
Health and Academics - CDC
Why do Schools Need CSHPs?
Six priority health-risk behaviors contribute to the leading causes of illness and death by our youth. These six priority health-risk behaviors are monitored in Kentucky by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). These behaviors are all preventable.
- alcohol and drug use
- injury and violence (including suicide)
- tobacco use
- unhealthy dietary behaviors
- physical inactivity
- sexual risk behaviors
YRBS data can be used to describe risk behaviors, create awareness, set program goals, develop programs and policies and as a data source for grant writing.
When schools, families and the community work together to support positive youth development, risk behaviors are reduced and students’ health and academic achievement are promoted. CSHPs provide the framework for creating these essential linkages.
How to Create Your CSHP
A CSHP coordinates multiple programs within schools and communities and fosters the development of supportive families and communities. To create a successful CSHP, schools should:
obtain support from key decision makers in school administration
create a school health or wellness council that includes school faculty and staff, community members, parents and families, businesses, faith-based organizations, local health departments, youth and other groups and individuals
use assessment findings to set goals and strategies to improve school health policies and programs for the CSHP
integrate school health goals and strategies into comprehensive school/district improvement plans (CSIP/CDIP)
- CSH School Health Committee
- CSH District Council Planning
- Sample CSH Committee Intro Letter
- CSH Wellness Policy Guidance
Journal of School Health Website
Health & Academics
School Health Index
Alliance for a Healthier Generation - Healthy Schools Program