The American School Health Association recently conducted a survey to learn about school-based COVID-19 testing. The survey revealed:
- Over 89% of schools are testing staff and/or students for COVID-19.
- Over 85% of schools are hosting clinics to vaccinate students or staff against COVID-19.
- Over 67% of schools have received federal funding for COVID-19 contact tracing.
- 61% of schools have received CDC funding and 30% have received DOE funding.
- The top 4 activities that federal funding is supporting in schools are contact tracing, support for school-based health centers, PPE, and COVID-19 testing.
- There is resistance to mitigation/testing in some areas while others are engaged in testing and vaccination.
- While some are using federal funds to hire staff and purchase supplies/equipment, there is burnout and a need for more funding and mandates.
ASHA’s Advocacy 101 on Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model
ASHA developed this primer on advocacy so its members can learn strategies to become effective champions for school health at the local, state, or federal level. ASHA focuses on supporting a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) informed school, providing important considerations to be made in preparation of taking action. This resource provides ASHA members with examples and resources to support advocacy efforts. Together, ASHA, its members, and all healthy school champions are a strong voice for students, educators, families, and the broader school community.
ASHA sent letters to the CDC and National Governors Association encouraging states to prioritize school personnel in distribution plans. Read the letters here.
We want to hear your school health advocacy success stories!
Advocating for school health is crucial to the mission of ASHA to transform all schools into places where every student learns and thrives. We are interested in your stories of successful advocacy around school health issues. We would like to highlight your positive experiences to encourage and activate school health advocates at the local, state, and national level.