Welcome to the State of California 

School Health Connections (SHC) is a joint program between Department of Public Health (CDPH) and California Department of Education (CDE).  SHC’s goal is to ensure that children are healthy and ready to learn.  SHC takes advantage of the pivotal position of schools in reaching children and families by combining health education, health promotion and disease prevention, and access to health-related services in an integrated and systematic manner. 


Implementing a Coordinated School Health Approach Toolkit

CSH Toolkit July 2012.pdf

The Toolkit is designed for use by beginning to intermediate-level school health advocates who want to build their knowledge and capacity to implement and maintain a coordinated school health initiative in their school or school district 

Coordinated School Health Marketing Guide

 CSH Marketing Guide 02-24-12.pdf

The Guide contains three elements: 1) coordinated school health (CSH) advocacy talking points to reach principals, school board members and superintendents, teachers, parents, and students; 2) background information and a link to the latest research data that supports the connection between student health and academic success; and 3) a list of sometimes non-traditional community entities that school health staff may want to engage to support CSH activities.

the Link between Coordinated School health and Academic Success

CSH Academic Achievement - Health Link 08-27-10.ppt
See this PowerPoint presentation that highlights research supporting the connection between school health interventions and improved student academic performance and related success. 

Model Wellness Policy Language for Water Access in Schools

With the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, federal law now requires schools to make fresh drinking water available during mealtimes in school food service areas at no cost to students. The National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity has developed a policy package featuring a set of model goals and actions for schools to incorporate into their wellness policies. The package also highlights examples of how schools across the country have partnered with other agencies and private companies to fund drinking water programs.

Constructive Classroom Rewards (healthy)

Rewarding children in the classroom need not involve candy and other foods that can undermine children’s diets and health and reinforce unhealthful eating habits. A wide variety of alternative rewards can be used to provide positive reinforcement for children’s behavior and academic performance.  This material was prepared by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

JAMmin Minutes

The JAM School Program brings physical activity and health education into the classroom. JAM is a free wellness resource for schools designed to teach kids (and adults) healthier lifestyle habits. Sign-up, per the above link, to receive weekly one-minute physical exercise routines, a monthly newsletter featuring many health tips, and access a more lengthy exercise sequence.


Making It Happen!  tells the stories of 32 schools and districts from across the United States. Students will buy and consume healthful foods and beverages and schools can make money from selling healthful options

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Adolescent and School Health
"School Health Index for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating"
 The School Health Index is a self-assessment and planning tool that will enable schools to: 
                    • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of their physical activity and nutrition policies and programs. 
                    • Develop an action plan for improving student health. 
                    • Involve teachers, parents, students and the community in improving school services.
The Council of Chief State School Officers
"School Health Starter Kit" designed for use by Chief State school officers, state health officials, and their staff to help build support in communities and schools for coordinated school health. These materials contain: 1) common language to describe the benefits of a coordinated approach to school health; (2) clear, jargon-free messages  that resonate with target audiences (e.g. parents, teachers, and others who work in schools and school administration); and (3) effective tools to enable action.

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE).  Search the NASBE Publications Catalog.

Coordinated School Health Materials from across the NationThis list of many CSH resources represents materials produced by a variety of organizations who are or have worked to improve student health.  Topics include:

  1. Overall CSH
  2. Connection between health and academic success
  3. School health councils
  4. Policy
  5. Assessment
  6. Developing school-based action plans
  7. Creating and implementing CSH evaluation plans
  8. Partnerships
  9. Youth development
  10. Etc.

The State Board of Education (SBE) designated the FitnessGram as the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) for students in California public schools. The FITNESSGRAM® is a comprehensive, health-related physical fitness battery developed by The Cooper Institute. The primary goal of the FitnessGram is to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity. FitnessGram testing occurs in the fifth, seventh, and ninth grades.  

After clicking on the above link, use the “Level” pull-down menu to designate the desired parameter (e.g., state, county, district, school, etc.). Then use the “Subject” pull-down menu to input “Physical Fitness Test.” Finally hit “Submit.” Next select the desired year. Now type in the first few letters of the specific entity name you selected in the previous “Level” option. Finally click on “Submit” to receive your report.

CA Standard Tests
These are called STAR tests. Results are provided for a number of subjects including English – language arts, mathematics (various levels), history – social science, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.

After clicking on the above link, use the “Level” pull-down menu to designate the desired parameter (e.g., state, county, district, school, etc.). Then use the “Subject” pull-down menu to input “STAR Test Results.” Finally hit “Submit.” Next select the desired year. Now type in the first few letters of the specific entity name you indicated in the previous “Level” option. Make sure the next text box accurately lists the entity you have chosen. Now verify or designate the parameters that pop-up on the next page. Finally click on “View Report” to generate your report.

California Healthy Kids Survey
The California Healthy Kids Survey provides data that can assist schools in: (1) preventing youth health-risk behaviors and other barriers to academic achievement; (2) promoting positive youth development, resilience, and well-being; and (3) fostering positive school climates and engagement in learning.

Most questions are directed to students in grades seven, nine, and eleven.  The survey provides self-report data on issues including: truancy, grades, school environment, community environment, school connectedness, alcohol use, tobacco use, violence and safety practices, weapons possession, harassment, gang involvement, physical and mental health, and after-school activities, etc.

School Health Profiles
School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. Profiles are conducted biennially by education and health agencies among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (National)
Discover the prevalence of youth high-risk behaviors including those related to unintentional injury and violence; tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; unhealthy dietary behaviors; physical inactivity; and sexual practices related to unintentional pregnancy, STDs, and HIV, etc. Also find the prevalence of asthma and obesity in youth and young adults.

Guidance Document:  Strategies for Improving Communication and Collaboration Between Local Educational Agencies and Local Health Departments 
This document describes the current extent of collaboration and communication occurring between local (county or district) health departments (LHDs) and local educational agencies (LEAs: school districts and schools) in California. The report also suggests strategies and tips for improving collaboration and communication between LHDs and LEAs. Once these two entities are working harmoniously together, they are best positioned to cooperate on integrating coordinated school health (CSH) measures into school systems.

CSH Success Stories
Read about the accomplishments that schools - often in collaboration with students, families, and community partners - have experienced regarding implementation of CSH activities that support student and staff health along with pupil academic achievement.

Student Health and Academic Achievement
Access fact sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that describe the correlation between specific health practices or risk behaviors and academic success.

Find Potential Funding
Find a center near you where you can receive training and/or research tools to identify potential funders to support CSH initiatives.

Health and Student Achievement (Making the Connection 2)
The Society of State Leaders in Health Promotion and Health Education, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducted a comprehensive review of research articles focusing on the impact of integrating health measures.

Last modified on: 7/12/2012 3:29 PM