School Health Index: Improving health policies and programs

The School Health Index (SHI) is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It’s easy to use, completely confidential, and can be found at: //apps.nccd.cdc.gov/SHI/Default.aspx The School Health Index Self-Assessment & Planning Guide was developed by CDC in partnership with school administrators and staff, school health experts, parents, and national nongovernmental health and education agencies for the purpose of: 1. Enabling schools to identify strengths and weaknesses of health and safety policies and programs, 2. Enabling schools to develop an action plan for improving student health, which can be incorporated into the School Improvement Plan, and 3. Engaging teachers, parents, students, and the community in promoting health-enhancing behaviors and better health. In August of 2005, asthma content was added into the SHI; it already contained physical activity, nutrition, unintentional injury/violence, tobacco. Paper versions are available for order (it’s free!). An online version is also available; this interactive version allows the user to save answers to questions and pick which health content areas they want to address.

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