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Coordinated School Health Program

Coordinated School Health (CSH), funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a partnership between Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). The vision of Coordinated School Health is that all Massachusetts children and adolescents will develop into physically, socially, and emotionally healthy adults, educationally prepared to become contributing members of society. The overall goal of Coordinated School Health is to help schools deliver evidence-based comprehensive health education, develop and implement health-related policies, and provide health-promoting school environments.

CSH staff provide training, technical assistance and resources to schools to promote the healthy development of Massachusetts youth, especially as related to increasing Physical Activity, improving Nutrition, eliminating Tobacco use (PANT), and addressing other important health issues. CSH collects the biannual School Health Profiles surveys on health-related programs in Massachusetts middle and high schools, and also works to increase coordination between schools and communities and among state-level agencies and organizations. We work in close collaboration with other CDC/DASH-funded staff in the HIV/AIDS Program and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Massachusetts School Wellness Award:

The Coordinated School Health Program sponsors annual Massachusetts School Wellness Awards. The criteria for the award are based on state and national standards in the area of school health policies and systems, health and physical education, school physical activity programs, nutrition, tobacco prevention, and staff wellness. All Massachusetts public schools are eligible to apply.

School Wellness Award winners for 2011 were:

Gold Level:Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington
Bronze Level:South High Community School, Worcester

Some highlights of these schools' wellness initiatives can be found in the 2012 School Wellness Award Announcement


The Coordinated School Health program publishes seasonal newsletters focusing on school health programs and highlighting success stories from Massachusetts' schools.

Health Hints

Health Hints are short health-promotion messages aimed at students, school staff, or parents. These are available for use in newsletters or public service announcements.


CSH maintains a moderated listserv for distributing information on up-coming trainings and news related to school health concerns. To subscribe to the listserv, please contact Chiniqua Milligan, listserv manager.


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Regulations regarding School Wellness Advisory Committees.
All Massachusetts school districts are required to have an officially-appointed School Wellness Advisory Committee to review local health data, monitor the status of school health programs, and implement an annual action plan to improve student health. These regulations are in effect as of August 2012.
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Healthy Students, Healthy Schools: Revised Guidance for Implementing the Massachusetts School Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages. These regulations for competitive foods in schools are in effect as of August 2012
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Massachusetts Tobacco-Free School Policy Guide, 2011. This updated guide outlines the components of strong school tobacco prevention policies and lists resources for implementation.
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Massachusetts Coordinated School Health Obesity Fact Sheet 2012
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Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework, 1999 - The Framework is currently being revised.
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CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health
The CDC/DASH website contains links to several valuable tools for school health programs, including the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT), the Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT), and the School Health Index (SHI).
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Massachusetts Department of Public Health provides oversight of health services in schools. The MDPH School Health Unit is responsible for most school nursing services. They also provide professional development for school nurses and others through the School Health Institute, and have recently revised the comprehensive School Health Manual which provides guidance on aspects of coordinated school health.
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Also based at MDPH, the School-Based Health Centers Program oversees health centers in or affiliated with Massachusetts schools.


Carol Goodenow
Director, Coordinated School Health, ESE

Holly Alperin
Physical Activity, Nutrition, Tobacco (PANT)/Health Education Coordinator, ESE

Laura York
Director, Coordinated School Health DPH

Last Updated: December 26, 2012
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