The following priorities have been discussed and approved by the advocacy committee
ASHA Advocacy Priorities
Funding prevention efforts within schools using healthcare dollars. Prevention efforts that start early in the educational experience and can show changes in knowledge, skills, and attitudes has been shown to be more cost-effective than treating a disease or social ill
Support the continued implementation of effective school health strategies that contribute to optimal health and academic outcomes for all children and you
Encourage and support collaborative efforts between state departments of health and education to implement CSH programs through state and federal funding streams.
Within the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act 1) Treat health education and physical education the same as other curriculum areas; 2) Create an Office of Coordinated School Health within the US Department of Education (in collaboration with AAHE); and 3) Create a competitive grant program for Health Education, similar to the grant for physical education. Download Flier