Research on School Health

Read the 2016 American School Health Association’s Position Statement on The Role of the School Health Coordinator 

The American School Health Association (ASHA) believes that healthier students are better learners. School health programs continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of schools and students. 

Participatory Action Research to Assess and Enhance Coordinated School Health (CSH) in One Elementary School

Using CSH as the “gold standard,” Participatory Action Research (PAR) provided a holistic approach for assessment and built both relationships and collaboration among the school’s stakeholders for sustainable change. The participants were students, teachers, staff, parents, volunteers and the school board. The study moved through three distinct, yet overlapping and cyclical phases: assessment, implementation, evaluation. The participants selected the School Health Index (SHI) to initiate the assessment. We implemented the following during the 2009-2010 school year:

  • Established an active Wellness Council
  • Wrote and adopted Wellness Policy
  • Initiated the Student Health Council
  • Yoga after school for teachers
  • Yoga for 7th & 8th Graders
  • Cougar Credit Snack Revision (by Student Health Council, using Snackwise®)
  • Applied & received ODE grant for $2000

Current status: The research to assess CSH has continued into this school year. The Student Health Council is focusing on emotional and mental health issues this year, and to date, we’ve sponsored one of three family-school community events and created our first newsletter.

Welcome to the Health Party Call to Action was our “Call to Action” in May of 2009, when our Participatory Action Research at Corryville Catholic School (CCS) began.

The statements were derived from classroom visits with all grades 2-8, when the children created individual and group lists of what they Know about health, what they Want to learn about health, and how they learn about health at CCS (inspired by Ogle, 1986: Know-Want to know-Learn, KWL). Their work was the foundation for our holistic efforts to Assess and Enhance  Coordinated School Health for our Corryville community.