Coordinated School Health

Coordinated School Health (CSH) is a framework based on the understanding that a child’s physical, emotional and social health is directly connected to their capacity to learn. The CSH model is implemented at the school level and can be tailored to best meet the needs of the school population. This method of connecting health and learning is based on eight key components:

  • Health education
  • Physical education and other physical activity opportunities
  • Nutrition services
  • Health services
  • Counseling, psychological, and social services
  • Healthy school environment
  • Student, family and community involvement
  • School staff wellness

Additional Information & Resources

School-Based Health Centers are comprehensive health centers right in a school. They can provide a variety of services including diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, physicals, sports physicals and immunizations. Some provide oral and mental health services. Check out this comprehensive guide to starting a center.

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