Coordinated School Health Programs
"You can't educate a child who isn't healthy, and you can't keep a child healthy who isn't educated."
Jocelyn Elders, M.D. 15th U.S. Surgeon General
Coordinated School Health Programs (CSHP) is a systemic model designed to maximize health resources by coordinating services around eight components: Health Education, Health Services, Nutrition Services, Healthy School Environment, Parent/Community Involvement, Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff, Counseling, Psychological and Social Services, and Physical Education. (Appendix A) The model is recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as a strategy for improving students' health and learning in our nation's schools.
According the CDC, "the health of young people is strongly linked to their academic success, and the academic success of youth is strongly linked with their health. Thus, helping students stay healthy is a fundamental part of the mission of schools. After all, schools cannot achieve their primary mission of education if students and staff are not healthy."