School Health Links
School Health Links
Centers for Disease Control, Division of Adolescent & School Health www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash provides information on the coordinated school health program model designed and supported by CDC. Information on important, long-term studies also provided, including the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) study, the School Health Policies and Program Study (SHPPS-2000), and the School Health Education Profiles (Characteristics of health Education Among Secondary Schools)
Council of Chief State School Officers www.ccsso.org/projects/School_Health_Project/ provides an excellent introductory packet on school health, links to state-by-state YRBS studies and links to state school health programs.
National Association of School Nurses www.nasn.org, contains information on officers, chapters, policy positions, and links to the Journal of School Nursing.
National Association of State Boards of Education, www.nasbe.org/healthyschools, includes state level policy guides, publications, and annotated links to general school and health web sites.
National Conference of State Legislators, http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/adschool.htm provides resources and enacted legislative information by states on school health topics including alcohol and substance abuse, nutrition and physical education, tobacco, and unintentional injuries and violence.
National School Board Association www.sba.org/schoolhealth, contains sample policies, training tools, abstracts of critical documents, youth opinions all designed to assist school board members and their staff who are grappling with a broad array of health-related resources.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, http://www.aaaai.org. A Pediatric Asthma Initiative promotes "best practice" in treating asthma. Pediatric guidelines available for downloading.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), http://www.aafa.org . AAFA describes itself as a "patient organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergies through education, advocacy and research. Web site provides training materials for professionals, education programs for patients, newsletters, and information for contacting local chapters.
Asthma Triggers - Molds http://www.epa.gov/asthma/molds.html , provides guidance on getting rid of molds in housing.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NIOSH-EPA Building Air Quality Action Plan. A joint federal agency initiative to focus on improving building air quality. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/98-123a.html
Maryland Childhood Asthma Program, http://www.marylandasthmacontrol.org , provides an example of a state initiative to improve the public response to asthma.
National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine,
Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures (online book), http://www.nap.edu/books/0309064961/html . An Institute of Medicine special report.
University of Minnesota Extension Service and Minnesota Department of Environmental Health and Safety School Indoor Air Quality Questions, The site provides a useful list of frequently asked questions about assessing and improving school indoor air quality. http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/schools/index.html
National Association of School Psychologists, www.nasponline.org, offers useful information on certification, publications and advocacy.
Office of the Surgeon General reports on issues of on-going interest. Two reports published in early 2001 and posted on the web site include The Report from the Surgeon General's Conference on Child Mental Health, www.surgeongeneral.gov/cmh/childreport.htm, and Youth Violence: A report of the Surgeon General, www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/youthviolence
School Mental Health Project http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu, provides a comprehensive introduction to mental health services and programs located in schools.
US Department of Health and Human Services, The Center for Mental health Services and the National Institute of Mental Health sponsor Mental Health: The Cornerstone of Health, www.mentalhealth.org/cornerstone, a web site that contains mental health information related to HHS research, programs, policies, and media campaigns and highlights the latest research findings and policy efforts.
American School Food Service Association, www.asfsa.org/, is committed to health school meals and nutrition education. The association provides education and training for food service workers, develops standards through certification and credentialing, and gathers regulatory, legislative, industry, nutrional and other information related to school nutrition.
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion in the US Department of Agriculture provides information that links scientific research to nutritional needs of the American public. The site includes "the Interactive Health Eating Index" an online dietary assessment tool that includes nutrition messages. After providing a day's worth of dietary information, the user will receive a score on the overall quality of her or his diet for that day. Also included on the site are recipes and tips for healthy, thrifty meals. www.usda.gov/cnpp/
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) was established in1991. With a network of 22,000 health professionals and families, FAAN works to build public awareness of food allergy through media, education, advocacy and research. Included on the site are School Guidelines for Dealing with Students with Food Allergies. www.foodallergy.org/school.html
Food and Nutrition Information Center is one of several information centers at the National Agricultural Library of the US Department of Agriculture. Site includes sections on dietary guidelines, the food guide pyramid, food composition, dietary supplements, food safety, and healthy school meals. www.nal.usda.gov/fnic
Guidelines for School Health Programs to Promote Lifelong Healthy Eating, www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/nutguide.htm, were developed by CDC staff in collaboration with experts from other federal agencies, state agencies, universities, voluntary organizations, and professional associations.
National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_childnutr.html, provides information on program development, policy analysis and education. The nutrition section provides a guide to resources on the web site as well as selected resources outside the site. Includes downloadable electronic publications, databases, project descriptions and national conference information.
NUTRITION.GOV provides easy access to all online federal government information on nutrition. This national resource makes obtaining government information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety, easily accessible in one place for many Americans. http://www.nutrition.gov.
USDA Healthy School Meals Resource System, http://schoolmeals.nal.usda.gov/, is a searchable Web site, providing information to persons working in USDA's Child Nutrition Programs. The site includes training and resources, recipes and menus, and food safety.
Physical Activity and Good Nutrition: Essential Elements to Prevent Chronic Disease and Obesity: At a glance 2006 is a good introduction to concepts and resources available on this segment of the CDC web site. www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/aag/aag_dnpa.htm
Physical Fitness and Activity in Schools is a May 2000 policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on sports Medicine and Fitness supporting the efforts of Schools to encourage increased physical activity. www.aap.org/policy/re9907.html
Promoting Better Health for Young People through Physical Activity and Sports is a Fall 2000 report from the Secretary of health and Human Services to the President that outlines ten strategies to promote health and reduce obesity through physical exercise and sports. Includes bibliography and appendices of useful materials. www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/sgr/sgr.htm
School Health Index for Physical Activity and healthy Eating: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide, CDC, www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/SHI/index.htm. This guide enables schools to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their physical activity and nutrition policies and programs, develop action plans for improving student health, and involve the school staff and the surrounding community in improving school services.
National Assembly on School-Based Health Care, www.nasbhc.org, is the membership organization for school-based health centers. Its web site contains information from its biennial Census of individual SBHCs as well as papers on financing, advocacy, and policy analysis related to the centers. Also includes links to state associations of school-based health centers.
The Council for Exceptional Children, www.cec.sped.org, provides information for professionals and families on the 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Special features include a monthly online and email newsletter, IDEA news, providing news and resources that address IDEA law and regulations.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/dvp.htm. The Division of Violence Prevention in CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has four priority areas for violence, family and intimate violence, suicide, and firearm injuries.
The Surgeon General's Report on Suicide Prevention, with links. http://www.mentalhealth.org/suicideprevention/
Center for the Prevention of School Violence,
www.ncdjjdp.org/cpsv/. The Center for the Prevention of School Violence is a primary point of contact for information, programs, and research about preventing school violence.
Keep Schools Safe (an extension of the National Association of Attorneys General) http://www.keepschoolssafe.org. A Collection of Resources to help make school safer.
Partnerships Against Violence Network. http:// www.pavnet.org PAVNET Online is a "Virtual library" of information about violence and youth-at-risk, representing data from seven different Federal agencies. It is a "one-stop," searchable, information resource to help reduce redundancy in information management and provide clear and comprehensive access to information for States and local communities.
PAX www.paxusa.org Very savvy youth oriented media focused organization with the goal of ending gun violence. They have resources for all kinds of youth involvement and two particular campaigns:
ASK: Asking Saves Kids. Asks parents to ask if there is a gun in the house where their child is going to play.
TELL: gets the message out to kids to call 911 or tell a school official if there is a fellow student who has a gun and is thinking about violence.
Handgun Control Inc. and its educational arm, The Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, just changed their name to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. They also have just formed an alliance with the Million Mom March. http://www.bradycampaign.org/ and http://www.millionmommarch.org.
Join Together focuses on youth, guns and substance abuse. They have a listserve, and a good web site that can connect you to other resources at www.jointogether.org.
The Student Pledge against Gun Violence sponsors a gun violence awareness day annually and has suggested activities. http://www.pledge.org/