Whole Child Quarterly

Michigan School Health Coordinators' Association

Healthy Students are Better Learners

Happy New Year! Before we begin diving into 2020 and the content of our newest newsletter, we would like to take a moment to share some exciting updates with you from our last MiSHCA meeting in December. Our organization is committed to continuous learning with the hopes of sharing knowledge and skills with others around the Whole Child.

During our December meeting we had the privilege of learning from Amy Peterson, STD Interventions Unit Manager with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Amy’s presentation included content of STD trends and news from the world of HIV, such as Undetectable = Untransmittable. If you are interested in learning more about viral suppression related to HIV, please check out the video below or click on the link above.

Other information that was shared with MiSHCA during the December meeting was an update on the digitization of the Michigan Model for Health™ curriculum. The Michigan Model for Health™ Website Project is grant funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the project is led by the grantee, the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health in collaboration with project team members and stakeholders.

Michelle Le Feve, Michigan Council for Maternal & Child Health (MCMCH) Project Manager, provided folks with an overview of the digitization process and a demo of the digital curriculum. Over half of the curriculum has been digitally converted and many new improvements have been occurring through the entire process. Please stay tuned for more updates.

In this edition of the newsletter you will find information about:

  • Michigan Model for Health™ revisions to address vaping and marijuana

  • Whole Child partnerships with MEMSPA and Michigan ASCD

  • Legislative information related to Senate Bill 600 and House Bill 4282

MiSHCA wishes you the best as you begin the 2020 year.

HIV: Journey to Undetectable

Michigan Model for Health™ in the Spotlight

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MMH Revisions to Address Vaping & Marijuana

The recent trend of increased vaping among adolescents prompted the release of emergency rules to address the crisis here in Michigan. In addition, the November 2018 passage of Proposal 1 allowing cannabis use among adults over the age of 21 is sure to have an impact on the accessibility of marijuana among school aged youth.

Work has begun to update and revise the Michigan Model for Health™ curriculum to incorporate both vaping and marijuana prevention content in the elementary, middle and high school curricula. The topic of marijuana will be introduced along with e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and hookah beginning in early elementary school grades.

Projected updates and revisions will be available for the beginning of the 2020 school year.

Marijuana PSA 1
2018 SAFE Vaping PSA 2


MiSHCA Partners with Other Statewide Organizations to Promote the Whole Child!

The Partnership Committee of MiSHCA is pleased to work collaboratively with organizations across the state to collectively support schools in ensuring students are healthy, safe, supported, challenged and engaged, creating the optimal environment for the whole child to learn and grow. Two recent Partnership success stories include: Integrating Health into School Improvement Planning project (IHSIP) and the Whole Child Award.

In 2017, the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, (MEMPSA), working collaboratively with MiSHCA and other partners submitted an application to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support schools in the development and implementation of a health goal and action plan in their school improvement plan. MEMPSA was awarded the grant and implemented this initiative in 24 elementary schools across Michigan over a two year period. The IHSIP project involved multiple components including assessment of the school environment to support the nutrition and social and emotional needs of students; developing a health goal and school improvement plan around nutrition and social and emotional health; implementing the Michigan Model for Health™ curriculum in all classrooms along with environmental strategies to support healthy student behaviors; and conducting program evaluation to assess outcomes related to these efforts. Additional state partners supporting the IHSIP project included the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the Michigan Department of Education, (MDE) and the Michigan Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

MiSHCA was pleased to present Michigan ASCD with a Special Recognition Award at our Annual luncheon on February 20, 2019 for their work to implement a Whole Child Award for Michigan Schools. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model emerged from a cross-sector collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ASCD that brought together leaders from education, health, and public health to strengthen and unify a collaborative approach to learning and health. The WSCC model was released in 2014, building and expanding on the CDC’s Coordinated School Health (CSH) model and the five tenets of ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative. During a collaboration meeting with the Michigan ASCD, the idea of a Whole Child award emerged. Less than a year later, the Michigan ASCD had launched the Whole Child award and named the first winner, Laker Elementary in Pigeon, Michigan, at MEMPSA’s annual statewide conference in December. In December 2019, the second annual Whole Child award winner Ferndale Elementary School was announced at MEMPSA’s annual conference.

Senate Bills 600 & 601 and House Bill 4282

MiSHCA's Legislative Committee has been working diligently to provide updates about recent senate and house bills that involve health and physical education. In an effort to educate legislators, MiSHCA developed an infographic about the importance of health education for school aged children (see below).

Senate Bills 600 & 601 intend to amend the Michigan Merit Curriculum to give more flexibility to our local school districts for graduation requirements so that students have more opportunities that will allow them to be career and college ready upon graduation. This bill would eliminate Health and Physical Education (1 credit) as a requirement for graduation.

House Bill 4282 would allow a student to take the 30 hour MiOSHA training INSTEAD OF, the currently required for graduation, high school Health class.

Save the Date: 2021 Connecting with Kids through School Health Conference

Monday, June 21st 2021 at 8am to Tuesday, June 22nd 2021 at 3:30pm

Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City, Traverse City, MI, USA

Did you miss our first newsletter?

Find it here on MiSHCA's website.

Michigan School Health Coordinators' Association

Healthy Students are Better Learners

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