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School Health Education: Assessment, Vision & Resources

School Health Education: Assessment, Vision & Resources
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  • 0:27 Assessments
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
This lesson covers several steps involved in successfully developing a school health education program. These include assessing the needs of the community, developing a mission statement, and evaluating the program's resources.

Health Education Program

The first steps involved in creating a school health education program include forming a curriculum committee, making a plan, investigating all relevant laws, as well as communicating with all relevant stakeholders, and advocating the benefits of the program itself. In this lesson, we'll explore many of the steps involved in developing a school health education program by going over the important things that need to be assessed, the program's vision, as well as resources.

Assessments

When developing a school health education program, it's very important that the curriculum committee assesses and identifies health concerns in their community. This means the committee members should talk with community members and family members of students in their school to figure out what worries them the most. Is it childhood obesity? Is it the prevalence of drugs in their community? Are the family members worried how their kids might abuse prescription drugs found in the home? Are they worried about unsafe sex?

Input from students also needs to be assessed in order to figure out what concerns them the most. Perhaps, students don't seem to be as concerned about drug problems as their parents are and are more concerned about proper nutrition in school meals, or maybe the students are really concerned about understanding the different types of fad-diets or exercise regiments pushed by the media nowadays and which ones are really best for them. You know, separating myth from reality type of stuff.

All of these factors must be taken into consideration when developing the school health education program. Besides gaining a better understanding of what the community and students desire or expect from a school health education program, this type of assessment also builds trust within the community and school by providing information about the programs mission and making people feel important by getting their ideas heard.

The Program's Vision and Resources

The curriculum committee also needs to develop a vision or a mission statement for their health education program. This mission statement should seek input from the school staff, community members, students, and their family members. Such a mission statement should seek to fulfill the following criteria:

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