The coordinated school health program model was developed by the CDC to allow schools to serve as an important link in the well-being of young people. The model consists of eight components: health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, family/community involvement, health promotion for staff, healthy school environment, and counseling, psychological, and social services.
Jackson County developed a Coordinated School Health Council in 2005 that is made up of local stakeholders working to support the health and success of Jackson youth.
The Jackson/Hillsdale Coordinated School Health Council is committed to promoting the social, emotional, mental and physical health of children and youth through a process of collaborative planning, coordination of services and programs, and unified advocacy of its members.
- We aspire for children and youth to experience quality social, emotional, mental and physical health in order that they may grow to become productive citizens.
- We aspire for parents and guardians to be enabled to care for and nurture their children through positive communication, providing a caring and supportive environment, and being involved in their child’s education.
- We aspire for schools, with the active support and commitment of resources from community agencies and organizations, to implement the eight components of coordinated school health.
- We aspire for the entire community to realize and support the value of education and expanding opportunities for high achievement.
The council will accomplish its vision by:
- identifying the needs of students and their families
- creating necessary linkages and support between schools and community agencies to address identified needs
- encouraging elementary schools to work collaboratively with early care and education providers to promote the health of young children
- cooperating to collect common data
- establishing common goals
- applying for grant funding as a collaborative county/region
- advocating on behalf of children, youth and families, and
- educating school staff, parents and the community at large