A school health initiative is a collaborative effort to improve access to school-based health and behavioral health care services and comprehensive family supports; build comprehensive services to better support students at-risk for school failure; and create a sustainable, integrated, and effective regional system of care to support students and their families.
While every school and community we work with is unique, we have identified a framework that is essential to the impact and long-term stability of school heath initiatives.
School health initiatives are powerful because they go beyond single programs; they coordinate the relationships and resources of a community towards a shared vision—healthy students learn better. Combining the expertise and resources of the health and education sectors has proven to be a successful strategy in addressing disparities and creating equitable opportunities for all young people to succeed. In other words, school health works!
Scroll for more resources to download.
How it works
To successfully start and/or sustain a school health initiative, start by creating a roadmap and an action plan. A robust action plan includes meaningful engagement with diverse stakeholders, viable strategies, political savvy, and financial sustainability. Our ongoing process to launch a new initiative, or to reboot and strengthen an existing one, involves five stages: