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Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP)

What is Coordinated School Health?

CHSPCoordinated School Health (CSH) is a dynamic, systematic approach to promoting student health, achievement, and life success.  It includes eight components:

  • Health Education
  • School Health Services
  • Family and Community Partnerships
  • Wellness Programs for Staff
  • Healthy School  Environments
  • Counseling, Psychological and Social Services
  • Physical Education
  • Nutrition Services

Research and reports of best practice are showing that coordinated school health can make a positive difference for students.  A nurturing school climate, health-promoting environments, attention to removing barriers to learning, supportive actions of teachers, parents, and peers, access to health information and services, active concern for the healthy growth and development of every child results in more positive attitudes, healthier behaviors, better attendance, more effective teaching and learning, better grades and test scores, and clearer visions of future health and life success.  For more information on Coordinated School Health, view our presentations:  Making the Connection I & Making the Connection II (coming soon)

Making the Connection: Health and Student Achievement.
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Our Partners

A major part of the Society's cooperative agreement with CDC-DASH is our work with the CSH Collaborative.  The Collaborative is a partnership among the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the Directors of Health Promotion and Education, and the Society.  Established in 2000, the Collaborative provides capacity building assistance to state Department of Health and Department of Education leaders to promote coordinated school health in the nation's schools.

This year, the capacity building assistance is being targeted to three states:  Ohio, Washington, and West Virginia.  For more information about this initiative, contact Jackie Sowers at

National Association of Chronic Disease DirectorsDirectors of Health Promotion and Education

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