Why Coordinated School Health?
Schools by themselves cannot—and should not be expected to—solve the nation’s most serious health and social problems. Families, health care workers, the media, religious organizations, community organizations that serve youth, and young people themselves also must be systematically involved. However, schools could provide a critical facility in which many agencies might work together to maintain the well-being of young people.
Benefits of a Coordinated School Health Team
Effective Coordinated School Health Teams can…
Be instrumental in improving student health and creating healthy schools
Help schools meet community involvement mandates and community expectations
Support school-health staffed programs
Provide a way for community members to work together with school personnel to accomplish school building and district goals
Utilize and make the most of community resources and assets
Influence more people within a community than a single institution could
Be a credible, collective voice of support for healthy children and youth
Provide a forum for sharing youth health information and resources
Provide a range of advice and perspectives
Foster personal satisfaction and help members understand their roles in strengthening their community
Foster cooperation by building trust and consensus among grassroots organizations, community segments, and diverse citizens