The goal of Coordinated School Health (CSH) is to improve the health, education, and well-being of our children through collaborative partnerships, policy changes, and program planning. It is an effective system that connects health and academics to ensure students are ready to learn and teachers are able to teach. CSH addresses inadequate physical activity; unhealthy dietary behaviors; sexual behaviors that may result in HIV infection, STDs, and unintended pregnancies; alcohol and other drug use; tobacco use; and behaviors that result in intentional injuries (violence and suicide) and unintentional injuries (motor vehicle crashes)—all risk factors determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to have the most detrimental effect on children and adolescents. CSH in Arkansas is funded by CDC and a partnership between Arkansas Department of Education and Arkansas Department of Health.
ACHI staff has developed a strong partnership with the Arkansas CSH program. This includes providing an ongoing evaluation of implemented activities to help identify those with the greatest impact on student health, test scores, behavior and attendance. Since delivering a benchmark evaluation report, ACHI has continued to work toward improving the evaluation model and providing evaluation training to participating school staff.
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