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Position Statement of the Child Health Advisory Committee on Coordinated School Health
Coordinated School Health is being utilized in Arkansas to improve health outcomes for school age children. CSH is not a place, program or grant. It is a process that allows multiple programs, initiatives and providers to work together within the school setting to ensure that children are healthy and ready to learn. The Centers for Disease Control have defined 8 components within the Coordinated School Health Model:
- Physical Education
- Health Education
- Health Services
- Counseling, Psychological & Social Services
- Healthy School Environment
- Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff
- Parent and Community Involvement
- Nutrition/Food Service
For additional information go to the CDC website for Coordinated School Health: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/CSHP/
Child Health Advisory Committee (CHAC) Position
The CHAC supports the Coordinated School Health Model as an opportunity to improve health outcomes for children in Arkansas. The CHAC recognizes the importance of each component of the Coordinated School Health Model and seeks to promote policies that will support each component. Additionally, the Child Health Advisory Committee is committed to using collaborative methods proposed as part of coordinated school health to address child health issues in the local community and at the state level.
In order to implement a successful Coordinated School Health process in Arkansas the CHAC supports a model that includes the following characteristics:
- A state infrastructure that encourages collaboration, provides resources and technical assistance to local schools, health care providers, and state agencies that implement Coordinated School Health, and monitors progress throughout the state.
- A focus on local schools and school districts to implement Coordinated School Health. These efforts should include community and parent support to meet the needs of the students.
- A process that utilizes current funding and where needed supports adequate funding for implementation of the CSH process.
- A Long-term evaluation will include linking changes in health indicators to educational attainment indicators.