School Health Updates

Health education news from Oakland Schools

October 9, 2015

Grant Opportunities

2015/2016 MI HEARTSafe School Application

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and American Heart Association (AHA) in conjunction with the Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (MAP-SCDY) have developed an initiative to award Michigan schools with a MI HEARTSafe School designation. The MI HEARTSafe School program encourages schools to prepare and protect students, staff, and visitors in the event of a cardiac emergency.

Application must be received by May 15, 2016 for consideration for the 2015/2016 school year. More information available online:

CDC Announcement

7 in 10 students who currently use tobacco used a flavored product

New data show importance of addressing all forms of tobacco use, including flavored products

An estimated 70% of U.S. middle and high school students who have used a tobacco product in the past 30 days have used at least one flavored tobacco product during this period, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) show that among students who used each of the following tobacco products in the past 30 days (defined as current users):

· 63.3 % (1.58 million) had used a flavored e-cigarette

· 60.6 % (1.02 million) had used flavored hookah tobacco

· 63.5 % (910,000) had used a flavored cigar

· 58.8 % (690,000) had used flavored smokeless tobacco

· 53.6 % (900,000) had used menthol cigarettes

· 42.3 % (120,000) had used flavored tobacco in pipes.

Flavored tobacco products are enticing a new generation of America’s youth into nicotine addiction, condemning many of them to tobacco-related disease and early death.

· About 18% of all high school students reported using at least one flavored product in the past 30 days; 5.8% reported using only non-flavored tobacco products.

· E-cigarettes (8.8 %) were the most commonly used flavored tobacco product among high school students.

Among students who currently use tobacco:

· A higher proportion of high school than middle school students reported use of flavored e-cigarettes, flavored hookah, flavored smokeless tobacco, and any flavored product.

· The proportion of male and female users who reported flavored product use was generally similar.

Nicotine is not safe for the developing brain. Several local jurisdictions have acted to limit or restrict sales of flavored tobacco products in their communities. Sustained efforts to implement proven tobacco control programs and policies are necessary to prevent all forms of tobacco use, including use of flavored tobacco products, among U.S. youth.

For more information on CDC’s youth tobacco prevention activities, please visit

For more information on emerging tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and nicotine products follow this link to the Oakland County Health Division fact sheet:


Come Learn with Us!

HIV Certification Grades 4-12

8:30am- 3:30pm

Cost: $25 all day; $15 HIV Update only

Sub-reimbursement available

This training is for teachers of grades 4-12 who are responsible for instruction of students reproductive health, sexuality education and HIV/AIDS education. The training fulfills the mandated HIV Certification. State law mandates that every public school district provides HIV prevention education at every building level (elementary, middle and high school).

This compressed training provides participants with the law, overview of HIV prevention, transmission and treatment, effective curriculum for HIV and Sex Ed, the role of the Sex Ed Advisory Boards and answering students’ sensitive questions. Participants will understand the law as it pertains to Sex Ed and HIV Prevention in the school setting, comprehend basic HIV facts, understand what makes an effective curriculum and feel comfortable talking about this topic with students.

To gain maximum benefit from this course, teachers should know what sex education curricula and/or HIV/AIDS curriculum has been approved by their local School Board.

Need an HIV Certificate update only? Register for the half-day training and join us at noon.

December 8, 2015; Registration:

January 13, 2016; Registration:

February 4, 2016; Registration:

Michigan Model for Health Trainings

The Michigan Model for Health is an evidence-based sequential K-12 curriculum that addresses essential health skills and covers Social and Emotional Skills; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Safety; Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs; and Personal Health and Wellness. Content aligns with the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations for Health (GLCEs), Michigan Merit guidelines for Health, and the National Health Education Standards.

The Michigan Model for Health Curriculum is recognized by Collaborative for Academic, Socials and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices Research studies show students that receive this curriculum have stronger communication skills, better skills in managing their feelings and actions, improved attitudes about taking actions to stay safe, and stronger drug and tobacco refusal skills.

Participants will leave their grade level course with all the necessary materials and prepared to teach these skill-based lessons, which will lead to meaningful behavior changes in the classroom and beyond. For mental health professionals interested in supporting this Tier 1 curriculum, there is an afternoon breakout session provided to discuss ways to collaborate with teachers, creative effective Tier II interventions, and use for special education assessment and/or intervention.

Sub-reimbursement available up to $100/day.

High School

November 5, 2015
8:30am - 3:00pm
Cost: $40

Optional planning and technology integration day: November 12, 2015

Elementary (K-6)
March 15, 2016
8:30am - 3:00pm
Cost: $25

Middle School (7-8)

April 19, 2016
8:30am - 3:00pm
Cost: $25

SHAPE America’s Physical Activity Leader Training

January 11, 2016
8:30am- 4:00pm
Cost: $15

The Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Learning System is a cutting-edge, all-inclusive professional development resource within the Let’s Move! Active Schools framework. Adaptable to individual school environments, the 12-month PAL Learning System develops and supports individuals who will champion an effort to ensure 60 minutes a day of physical activity for all school-age youth. The dynamic, action-focused PAL

Learning System begins with a one-day in person skill building and leadership workshop.

Participants leave with:

  • The formula and tools for making sustainable change and shifting the culture
  • Data to make the case for Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP)
  • Leadership skills to engage colleagues and the community to support CSPAP
  • A personalized action plan to implement CSPAP tailored to site-specific needs
  • Knowledge to serve as a local champion for ensuring 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the new norm in schools
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Department of Learning Services

Interested in joining one of the Oakland School listservs, please email Christina Harvey with your preference:
  • Health Education Elementary
  • Health Education Secondary
  • Physical Education