Initiatives & Partnerships

Initiatives

National Consensus on School Health Education

Led by the American School Health Association, Eta Sigma Gamma national health education honorary society, Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Society for Public Health Education, and Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, the National Consensus on School Health Education is pleased to share the progress of its nationwide effort to develop resources for educators interested in quality school health education as a component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.

Future Leaders Academy

Created in 2006 to enhance leadership skills in school health professionals and prepare ASHA members for future leadership roles in the organization. Since its inception, more than 25 ASHA members representing various school health professions have participated in the Future Leaders Academy (FLA) and many of them have gone on to serve as committee chairs or board members.

ASHA Gives Back

This tradition started back in September of 2015 under then ASHA president, Linda Morse. As described by Linda:

 “ASHA members are caring and dedicated professionals. Each year, we come to a new conference city, stay a few days, and then return to our families, homes, schools, and universities. While at the conference, we learn from each other but what do we learn about the community and the children and youth who live there? This year, we are starting a new ASHA tradition: “ASHA Gives Back”. By donating to a local youth-serving charity, we can leave a small but meaningful impact on the lives of local children and youth who need our help and support to learn and thrive. We have a chance to touch the future and touch a life.” 

School Violence Taskforce

Created March 15, 2018 to address school violence and bring forward meaningful solutions to this ongoing epidemic. This taskforce is charged with conceiving of, creating, and proposing strategies to advance a nationwide response to the epidemic of gun violence in schools.

Partnerships

ASHA recognizes the importance of coordination to ensure the health of our students. As such, ASHA is engaged with the following partners and national coalitions on efforts supporting student health.

Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information

The Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information( CoEPHI) develops and increasses access to simple, clear, and actionable educational resources, trainings, and technical assistance for consumers and their families, as well as individuals at the front lines of care. In addition, CoEPHI develops resources for state agencies and communities who need to know how to promote patient care while protecting confidentiality. CoEPHI is driven by four main aims including: increasing access to expert training, increasing access to individualized technical assistance, increasing access to high-quality resources, and strengthening healthcare provider systems.

EPA’s 3Ts – Training, Testing, and Taking Action

As a dissemination partner, ASHA provides EPA’s guidance and recommendations to prepare schools, child care facilities, and states to build a voluntary implementation program to reduce lead levels in drinking water. All 50 states are participating in the WIIN 2107 Lead Testing School and Child Care Program Drinking Water State Grant Program. Learn what is happening in your state to address lead in school drinking water.

Health services Assessment Tool for Schools (HATS) Working Group

ASHA is a proud member of the working group convened by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to revise the Health services Assessment Tool for Schools (HATS).

The Academy developed the HATS over a decade ago to help school districts across the country improve their school health services through examination of health service quality and comprehensiveness, infrastructure, and policies/protocols. The HATS has been used by school districts across the US to identify gaps and strengths and enhance provision of school health services, but much has changed over the past ten years! Funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides an opportunity for the AAP to engage in a thoughtful and timely review and expansion of the HATS to ensure availability of tools that address the needs and issues most salient to school health and student needs today and going forward.

National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy (NAHPL)

ASHA partners with NAHPL to grow and advance professional leaders who will promote health and physical literacy among K-12 students. ASHA and NAHPL coordinate to provide resources and professional development to constituents of each organization.

National Committee on the Future of School Health Education

A partnership with SOPHE to develop recommendations for strengthening school health education programs.

Shine Light on Depression

Shine Light on Depression brings together diverse organizations to amplify the conversation around teen depression and suicide. Collaborating organizations: American School Health Association, Anthem, Inc., Erika’s Lighthouse, JetBlue Airways Corporation, and the National PTA. Visit the Shine Light on Depression website.

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SOPHE’S School Employee Wellness (SEW) Advisory Committee

A CDC Healthy Schools project focused on integrating school employee wellness within a district or school’s policies, systems, and infrastructure to address social determinants of health, health equity, social and emotional stress/learning (SEL), and risk factors that contribute to chronic disease.

Special Issue of the Journal of School Health

Every School Healthy is a special open access issue of the Journal of School Health, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). With fourteen invited articles and two commentaries, the issue offers a comprehensive picture of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework in action as a tool for equity in promoting healthy school environments for students. Read more about the Special Issue here.

Coalition Involvement

ASHA 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.

ASHA has joined the National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety (NCCSHS) to collaborate with other organizations in order to better improve the health and safety of all students. NCCSHS brings together federal agencies and national organizations to support programs in our nation’s schools that promote health, safety and academically successful students. Since its formation in 1994, NCCSHS has grown to include five federal agencies, the Environmental protection Agency, and roughly 63 national organizations working to improve students ability to achieve in school.

The Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO) is a federation of national organizations, each of which is a professional organization or has an organizationally distinct health education unit having principal membership and/or constitutents who are professional health education specalists, and has health promotion/health education as a key element of its mission statement.