Priority Areas and Core Beliefs in Action
ASHA supports school health issues that tie to our mission statement, to transform all schools into places where every student learns and thrives, and our Core Beliefs (see below). ASHA is committed to:
- Support federal legislation that includes health education and physical education as core academic subjects in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA);
- Maintain and/or improve school health services;
- Support legislation and/or funding for coordinated school health approaches such as the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model;
- Support legislation that funds a state-level position/coordinator with dedicated time and authority to oversee and manage a coordinated and multi-disciplinary approach to school health
ASHA’s Core Beliefs in Action focus on PreK-12 students and address five critical components of school health. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model serves as a unified and collaborative approach to health and learning. ASHA’s Core Beliefs support this student-centered, integrated and collaborative approach that addresses the needs of the whole child:
- Core Belief 1: Health and learning are directly linked and essential to the development of healthy, resilient citizens.
- Core Belief 2: Schools are uniquely positioned to help students acquire healthy habits for a lifetime.
- Core Belief 3: A coordinated school health approach is the most effective and efficient means of promoting healthy citizens.
- Core Belief 4: School health professionals should be highly-qualified and be able to use current theory and research to select and design effective health and education strategies.
- Core Belief 5: Schools should be safe, nurturing environments that facilitate learning for all.
Learn more about ASHA’s Core Beliefs and why they are important.
ASHA Position Statements
The Role of the School Health Coordinator – The American School Health Association (ASHA) believes that healthier students are better learners. School health programs continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of schools and students. A coordinated school health approach, such as that described in the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, is an integrated set… READ MORE
Building Effective School-Family Partnerships – The American School Health Association (ASHA) believes that schools and families share responsibility for the health and academic success for children and youth. Schools need to implement consistent, collaborative approaches to engage parents and families in their child’s education. READ MORE
The Every Student Succeeds Act: Implications for K-12 Health Education and Physical Education – The American School Health Association (ASHA) believes that healthier students are better learners. To that end, ASHA supports the inclusion of health education and physical education as part of… READ MORE
A Coordinated Approach to Support Health and Learning – The American School Health Association (ASHA) believes that a multidisciplinary, coordinated school health (CSH) approach is the most effective and efficient means of promoting healthy citizens. READ MORE
Student Health Advocacy Coalition
ASHA also actively participates as a steering committee member of the Student Health Advocacy Coalition (SHAC). SHAC is a coalition of over 35 national organizations that are focused on health and/or education, and improving the health and well-being of all PreK-12 students. Members of SHAC meet frequently in Washington, DC for coalition meetings, Congressional member and staff meetings, and occasionally host Congressional briefings on Capitol Hill.