Coordinated School Health
South Heartland was awarded Maternal and Child Health funding to support two priority community health goals: 1) Decrease the percentage of school-age children and youth who are overweight or obese in South Heartland District (Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster Counties) and 2) Reduce alcohol use and binge drinking to protect the health, safety, and quality of life for young people under age 22 in South Heartland District;
South Heartland works with schools implementing the Coordinated School Health (CSH) school wellness process. CSH is a systems-building process by which schools, school districts, and communities can develop capacity and create an infrastructure that supports continuous improvement in health-promoting environments for students and staff. It is a vehicle for school improvement—improving students’ academic performance and overall physical well-being by promoting health in a systemic way.
CSH consists of two components: structure and process. The CSH structure outlines eight components schools must address to tend to student’s holistic health needs:
- Health education
- Physical education
- Health services
- Nutrition services
- Counseling and psychological services
- Healthy school environment
- Health promotion for staff
- Family and community involvement.
The CSH process is designed to purposefully integrate the efforts and resources of education and health to provide a full set of programs without duplication or fragmentation by emphasizing needs assessment; planning based on data; sound science; analysis of gaps and redundancies; and evaluation. The CSH process model assists in the development of coordinated, comprehensive, multifaceted programming that enhances environmental supports and the capacity of the school to ensure its academic mission.
Coordinated School Health Schools:
- Adam Central High School
- Hastings Middle School
- Hastings High School
- Hasting St. Cecilia
Policy Implementation, Evaluation, and Sustainability
South Heartland continues to work with schools with the Student Wellness Works! Project will be providing additional training and technical assistance for School Health Advisory Council teams that completed the 2014-2015 Coordinated School Health Institutes, specifically including training and assistance for Policy Implementation, Evaluation, and Sustainability (PIES) of school wellness activities.
PIES Graduated Schools:
- Hastings Middle School
- Hastings St. Cecilia