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Making the Case for School Health Capacity

Making the Case for School Health Capacity: Results from Oregon's Return on Investment Analysis Presented at the Oregon School-Based Health Care Network's 2013 Conference - October 11, 2013.

Health and education are deeply connected. The need for infrastructure to support school health is often cited by researchers. This presentation highlights how Oregon translated student and school-level health and education data into a Return On Investment analysis and how our findings can be useful to health and education partners everywhere.  

Oregon ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative and Healthy Kids Learn Better

Presenters: Chris Gutierrez, Oregon ASCD; Isabelle Barbour, Healthy Kids Learn Better, Oregon Public Health Division.

Today, educational practice and policy focus overwhelmingly on academic achievement. However, achievement is but one element of student learning and development and only a part of any complete system of educational accountability.  Educating the Whole Child: The New Learning Compact is an initiative by ASCD that advocates a comprehensive approach to learning and teaching. Successful young people must be not only knowledgeable when they graduate from school, but also emotionally and physically healthy, civically engaged, responsible, and caring.  This session explored how schools can create a school environment and implement programs that support the development of children and young people to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Oregon data was featured and the session had several interactive components.

What would Freud think? -- The Development and Impact of a Coordinated School Health, Mental Health Tool, ASHA 2011

What would Freud think? -- The Development and Impact of a Coordinated School Health, Mental Health Tool, ASHA 2011

This presentation was done by Isabelle Barbour at the American School Health Conference, October 2011 in Louisville Kentucky. It describes the creation and use of Oregon’s School Mental Health Inventory, a mental health version of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's School Health Index.  Highlights from a 2011 case study of three high schools that used the tool as part of a Coordinated School Health planning process was shared

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Partnering Coordinated School Health with 21st Century Learning Centers, ASHA 2011

This presentation was presented at the American School Health Conference, October 2011 in Louisville Kentucky.  It is a joint presentation by Isabelle Barbour of the Healthy Kids Learn Better State Program and Jessica Lawrence of It describes Oregon's experience with using Coordinated School Health as an approach to plan and implement before and after school programs funded through the federal 21st Century Learning Center funding opportunity.

Academic Achievement and Health, Place Matters Conference, Portland Oregon 2010
There is evidence that student health and learning are inextricably linked.  This joint presentation by Drs. Julia Dilley and Nigel Chaumeton presents some of the evidence base connecting health and learning and features Oregon and Washington data.


Healthy Kids Learn Better: An exploration of the evidence base connecting health and learning and the implications of school reform
This presentation was presented at the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) June 2010 Conference in Seaside, Oregon. It focused on the evidence base connecting health and learning and provided information about how a coordinated approach to school health can be used to address health related barriers to learning. The slides highlight data from the 2009 Oregon Healthy Teens Survey to show the correlation between exposure to risk factors and grades.


Health and Academic Achievement Fact Sheet

This publication provides a brief overview of the research connecting health with educational indicators such as test scores, attendance, and high school graduation. It also includes Oregon Healthy Teens data!

Health in Schools: Data from the School Health Profiles Survey (2004-2010)

This one-page publication features School Health Profiles Survey data to highlight trends related to several school health topics.These topics include: integrating health objectives into school improvement plans; minimal nutrition standards for food sold outside of the National School Lunch Program; tobacco prevention policies; and professional development for health education teachers. When possible, weblinks to resources relevant to each topic are provided.


Summary of Selected School Laws Grouped by Coordinated School Health Components 

Oregon has a number of laws that impact the school setting.  This list is organized using the Coordinated School Health Model and includes citations to Oregon School Board Association sample policies.

Positive Youth Development Benchmark 

Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a philosophy and theoretical framework that emphasizes building on and cultivating strengths inherent in all youth, rather than minimizing or correcting risky or undesirable behaviors.  This document is a brief description of Oregon's PYD benchmark measure and its correlations with health and education indicators.

Integrating Health-Related Goals and Objectives into School Improvement Plans (SIPs), 2011

Some states require that health is addressed in SIPs.  This document includes sample school health SIP language.


School Improvement Plans and Health, Superintendent's Pipeline Article 2011

Including health-related goals and objectives in the School Improvement Plan is one way schools can integrate health into what schools measure and pay attention to, and reflect that health is a learning support that contributes to the success of the whole child.

Oregon School Mental Health Inventory- Middle and High School 2008-2009

Oregon’s School Mental Health Inventory is modeled after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's School Health Index but it has not been evaluated by the CDC.  It has been pilot tested by 10 schools and 1 district program in Oregon.  It is a subjective tool designed to be completed as part of a group process including a variety of school stakeholders. The first three pages provide some critical context and instructions for how the tool should be used.  Information about the strengths and limitations of the tool can be found in the presentation What would Freud think? -- The Development and Impact of a Coordinated School Health, Mental Health Tool, ASHA 2011. 

Tools for Comprehensive School Health Planning and Action
This section of the website includes a description of steps to take to address health in the school setting.  Links to relevant tools and  data sources are included along the way! 

Coordinated School Health
The Coordinated School Health (CSH) model was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CSH utilizes eight interactive components that reflect key school health areas.  Together these components guide people involved in school health planning to think broadly about how to prevent health related barriers to learning, and promote health for the entire school community.

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