The mission of the American School Health Association is to build the capacity of its members to plan, develop, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and advocate for effective school health strategies that contribute to optimal health and academic outcomes for all children and youth.
The American School Health Association envisions healthy students who learn and achieve in safe and healthy environments nurtured by caring adults functioning within coordinated school and community support systems.
To provide leadership and realize this mission, ASHA has identified the following goals for the Association:
Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Promote interdisciplinary collaboration among those who work to improve health and academic outcomes for all children and youth.
Advocacy. Build capacity to advocate effectively for coordinated school health and related school and community support systems.
Professional Development. Offer professional development opportunities that build members' leadership skills and capacity to plan, develop, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and advocate for effective school health strategies.
Research. Provide opportunities to support, exchange, and disseminate research that contributes to the implementation of evidence-based school health strategies.
Resources. Acquire, utilize, and maintain human, fiscal, and material resources that support the mission of the American School Health Association.
The Association maintains the following Core Beliefs.
Health and learning are directly linked and are essential to the development of healthy, resilient citizens.
Schools are uniquely positioned to help children and youth acquire life-long, health-promoting knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors.
The most effective and efficient means of promoting healthy citizens is through a coordinated, school health approach.
Those working in school health settings should be highly qualified and practice evidence-based health and education strategies.
Schools should be safe, nurturing environments that facilitate learning for all.
2011 - 2015 ASHA Strategic Plan
Strategic Action Plan Final Seminal Version July 13, 2011