Release of CDC’s 2017 School Health Index

Published Date: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Issue: 
No.199
Category: 
Resources, Reports, Research

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy Schools recently released its 2017 School Health Index (SHI). This self-assessment and planning tool can be used by schools to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It provides schools with an opportunity to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their policies and programs utilized for promoting health and safety. They can then develop an action plan involving all stakeholders including teachers, students, parents, and community members to improve student health and safety through policy, programs, and services. In alignment with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, the 2017 SHI contains modules on the following areas:

  • Social and Emotional Climate
  • Physical Environment
  • Employee Wellness and Promotion (formerly Health Promotion for Staff)
  • Family Engagement
  • Community Involvement
  • School Health and Safety Policies and Environment
  • Health Education
  • Physical Education and Physical Activity Programs
  • Nutrition Environment and Services
  • School Health Services
  • School Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services

To learn more about and view the 2017 SHI visit the CDC website here.

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