Coordinated School Health


AASA, The School Superintendents Association, received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Population Health, School Health Branch for Strengthening School Administrator Support for Coordinated School Health.

AASA has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Population Health, School Health Branch Strengthening School Administrator Support for Coordinated School Health.

• Why does AASA work on Coordinated School Health? Students that are healthy perform better in school.
• School leaders play an important role in putting policies and practices in place to insure that students are healthy and ready to learn.
• AASA has worked on children’s health issues for more than 30 years.

What are the project goals?

AASA is funded for five years (2011 – 2016) by CDC to build support among school administrators for Coordinated School Health. The goals of this five-year project are :

Goal 1: Increase the number of school administrators who promote a coordinated approach to school health at the national, state and local levels.

Goal 2: Increase the number of school districts and districts that have a group (e.g., school health team or council) that is actively engaged in guiding the development and implementation of health-related policies and activities.

Goal 3: Increase the number of school districts that have written school improvement plans that include health-related goals and objectives.

Goal 4: Increase the number of education administration programs in higher education that include instruction on a coordinated approach to students’ health.

What is Coordinated School Health (CSH)?

Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns. Research shows a link between the health outcomes of young people and their academic success. To have the most positive impact on the health outcomes of young people, government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together through a collaborative and comprehensive approach.

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model expands on the eight elements of CDC’s coordinated school health (CSH) approach and is combined with the whole child framework. CDC and ASCD developed this expanded model—in collaboration with key leaders from the fields of health, public health, education, and school health—to strengthen a unified and collaborative approach designed to improve learning and health in our nation’s schools.

The education, public health, and school health sectors have each called for greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between education and health to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Public health and education serve the same children, often in the same settings. The WSCC focuses on the child to align the common goals of both sectors. The expanded model integrates the eight components of a coordinated school health (CSH) program with the tenets of a whole child approach to education. To learn more about the new 10-component model, go to

Here are more helpful resources: 

The CDC launched a new Healthy Schools Website which provides information and tools for teachers, parents, and schools on topics including school nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention, management of chronic diseases. 

October 2015

The CDC's recently released Health and Academic Achievement will help you make the case for CSH in your district with key research, messages, action steps, and resources about the link between health and academic achievement,

What School Administrators Can Do to Enhance Student Learning by Supporting a Coordinated Approach to Health from the American School Health Association provides specific strategies for school administrators who have decided they want to support a coordinated approach to school health in their districts -

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults. For YRBS information/statistics:

The School Health Policies and Practices Study* (SHPPS) is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels,

The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. Profiles surveys are conducted every 2 years by education and health agencies among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers,

For more information about this project, Contact: Kayla Jackson, AASA Project Director, 703-875-0725 or

January 2015 



AASA is working closely with a cadre of school administrators from across the country who will serve as peer mentors to other administrators interested in incorporating coordinated school health into their school improvement planning process.  The two-and-a-half day cadre member training is held various time thoughout the year. Please contact Kayla Jackson, Project Director, if you are interested in working on coordinated school health in your district.

The School Administrator Training Cadre members are as follows:

Sarah Jerome, Lake Geneva, WI

Richard Lyons, Hampden, ME

Michele Hancock, Kenosha, WI

James Hodgkin, Wales, ME

Nimisha B. Kumar, Orlando Park, IL

Merritt Bates-Thomas, Owensboro, KY

Sharon Contreras, Syracuse, NY

Ellen Dunn, St. Clair Shores, MI

Deb Kaclik, Charlotte, NC

Tarasa Lown, Ferryville, WI

Terry Nelson, Upper Marlboro, MD

Shelley Ovink, Ishpeming, MI

Tamika Bradley, Jackson, MS

Stephanie Bunge, Frankfort, KY

Eltorry Ficklin, Jackson, MI

Vicki Greenwell, Frankfort, KY

Sybil Knight-Burney, Harrisburg, PA

Victoria Moore, Louisa, KY

Narah Oatis, Jackson, MS

Melinda Smith, Providence, RI

Sherrill Smith, Frankfort, KY

Jamie Sparks, Frankfort, KY

Charlie Yeager, Marquette, MI

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