Health Education

April 2022

News and Resources for Administrators and Educators in the EUP ISD, COP ESD, AMA ESD, & COOR ISD

Opportunities for Educators, Administrators, & School Staff:

Michigan Model for Health - Beta Teacher Recruitment

The Michigan Model for Health™ Program is requesting teacher volunteers to participate in a Beta Program of its new digital curriculum platform. This select group of teachers will receive first access to new features within the MMH website and digital curriculum. The terms include teachers receiving a 2-year free license to the digital curriculum for each of the grade levels taught and, during the 2-year time frame, participating in up to two online feedback surveys conducted by the MMH Program staff.

The select group of beta release teachers will receive digital curriculum access starting August 1, 2022. As an additional incentive, stipends for the Michigan School Health Coordinators Association conference are available to teachers to sign up for beta testing. The stipend may be used for the conference registration fee ($175) and/or lodging (maximum $285).

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Helen Craig at as soon as possible. You will need to complete a quick beta release signup form by no later than May 15, 2022, to confirm your participation.

MiSHCA School Health Conference

Save the date! The Michigan School Health Coordinator's Association is coming up on June 20 & 21, 2022 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, MI.

Registration for the conference is open now via Eventbrite! 31n 12 funds are able to cover registration costs for this conference! For more information, please visit

SafeSchools for LGBTQ Students - Spring 2022 Offerings

The Michigan Department of Education’s LGBTQ+ Students’ Project is offering four training in April and May of 2022. Two of them are popular workshops that have been offered before (Legal and Policy Issues and Listening to Understand). Two of them are brand new workshops being developed based on requests from the field. Dates and times are included below with links to register for the April workshops. Descriptions and registration links will be added to the online registration flyer in mid-April for the new workshops offered in May. State Continuing Education Clock Hours—SCECHs (1.25 hours) and Social Work CEs (1.5 hours) will be provided, pending approval, for participation in the live sessions. Sessions include:

  • Stay Current: Legal and Policy Issues Pertaining to LGBTQ+ Students and School Staff - April 13, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Registration link)
  • Listening to Understand: LGBTQ+ Students Discuss their Experiences in Michigan Schools - April 27, 2022, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Registration Link)
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ Students in Athletics and Physical Education - May 11, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Registration coming soon)
  • Partnering with Parents, Caregivers, and Families to Support LGBTQ+ Students - May 25, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Registration coming soon)

Raising Good Eaters - Free Workshop

Raising Good Eaters: Feeding strategies to support a child's natural growth, will take place on Wednesday, May 4 at Bay Mills Resort and Casino. Sessions include:

  • Introduction to Feeding Dynamics and the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding
  • Helping Organizations Support Good Eaters
  • Child Weight: Helping without harming
  • Helping parents be eating competent

See this flyer for more information. Registration is available here - please note that registration closes on April 18.

Michigan Tribal Prevention Conference 2022

The Michigan Tribal Prevention Conference will take place on May 12-13 at Kewadin Casinos - Hotel & Convention Center in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. This conference is part of a larger effort to assist in developing and strengthening prevention capacity in Michigan’s tribal communities, with a focus on prevention of substance misuse and related issues.

There is no registration fee for this conference, but participation is limited to 100 people. See the linked flyer for more information or register now by contacting Karen Alexander at

2022-2023 Professional Development Dates Coming Soon!

The professional development calendar for the 2022-2023 school year is under development! All trainings will offer in-person or virtual options for attendance, and all trainings will be open to teachers in the EUP ISD, COP ESD, AMA ESD, and COOR ISD. Offerings will include:

  • Regional Health & PE Curriculum Resource Team (K-12 Health & PE teachers)
  • Michigan Model for Health (K-6 teachers or 7-12 teachers)
  • Sex Ed Framework & HIV (7th-12th grade health teachers)
  • HIV for Elementary Educators (4th-6th grade teachers)
  • Sex Education Supervisor Trainings
  • Genders and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Advisor Support

If your district has unique training needs, please contact Helen Craig ( to discuss scheduling building or district level trainings.

One Love Training - Dating Violence Awareness

One Love Foundation is a national non-profit organization with the goal of ending relationship abuse. They empower young people with the tools and resources they need to see the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships and bring life-saving prevention education to their communities.

This state-wide virtual training opportunity will take place on April 19 from 3:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please see the attached flyer and contact Alyson McClintock ( for more information.


Chippewa County CTC & Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser

On Wednesday, April 20, Buffalo Wild Wings in Sault Ste Marie will share a percentage of their sales with the Chippewa County Communities that Care coalition! Deals are listed in the attached flyer. Fundraiser tickets can be printed or shared digitally at Buffalo Wild Wings.

CTC's vision is to support youth as they grow and are supported and nurtured by the collaborative effort of families, schools, and communities. CTC strives to lower rates of youth problem behaviors, including substance use, violence, delinquency, school drop out, teen pregnancy, and depression. Join the community in supporting Chippewa County CTC!

MDHHS Requests for Proposals - Child & Adolescent Health Center Program Expansion

The MDHHS Child and Adolescent Heath Center program has released two Requests for Proposals to establish new programs in one of three models: Child and Adolescent Health Centers (CAHC), School Wellness programs (SWP), and Expanding, Enhancing Emotional Health (E3). Following are two press releases for these opportunities. There are separate RFPs announcements for E3 and the CAHC/SWP models. Interested eligible parties may apply for up to two E3 and two CAHC or SWP respectively.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the MI E-Grants program by 3 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2022. The first-year program period begins June 1, 2022 and ends Sept. 30, 2022, with annual renewals for based on availability of funds and acceptable performance. A pre-application conference will be held to discuss this funding opportunity and provide instruction on using the EGrAMS system. The pre-application conference will be held on March 17, 2022, beginning at 9:00 a.m., and will last approximately 90 minutes. The conference can be accessed at

The RFPs can be accessed at the MI E-Grants website, under ‘Current Grants,’ under “Public Health Administration” and locating the “CAHCE-2022” or “E3E-2022” RFPs. Please review these documents for all details and eligibility requirements.

Building Healthy Communities: Step up for School Wellness Application open

The Building Healthy Communities: Step Up for School Wellness (BHC: SUFSW) program is recognized by health and education leaders as a successful and innovative school-based program that empowers school health leaders, educators, administrators, families, and communities to improve the health and well-being of students and staff. The program helps school wellness teams create a healthier school environment and build a culture of wellness that supports moving more, eating healthier, and improving mental health and overall well-being. Creating healthier environments can lead to the development of lifelong healthy behaviors that reduce the incidence of obesity and undernourishment, combat absenteeism, address trauma, and nurture a more productive teaching and learning atmosphere. More information on Building Healthy Communities can be found here.

All Michigan public, charter and nonprofit private schools are welcome to apply for the Building Healthy Communities: Step Up for School Wellness program. Applications will be accepted from March 7 - June 30, 2022.


New MOASH Resource launched: The K-5 Consent Toolkit

MOASH, in partnership with sexual violence prevention experts across the state, is excited to announce the launch of a new resource: the K-5 Consent Toolkit!

This resource responds to the needs of teachers, parents, and caregivers for quality consent education for students in elementary school. The toolkit includes recommendations for specific resources - including curricula, videos, books, and websites - as well as best practices for implementing consent lessons with K-5 youth. Also included is an overview of Michigan’s standards for K-5 consent education and a guide to understanding local district policy to advance school-based education in your community.

It's a MiPHY Year!

The Michigan Profiles for Healthy Youth survey is open for students in grades 7, 9, & 11. The MiPHY is an online student health survey offered by MDE & MDHHS to support local and regional needs assessment. The MiPHY provides student results on health risk behaviors including substance use, violence, physical activity, nutrition, sexual behavior, and emotional health. The survey also measures risk and protective factors most predictive of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and violence. MiPHY results, along with other school-reported data, will help schools make data-driven decisions to improve prevention and health promotion programming.

Resources for administrators, educators, and MiPHY facilitators:

MiBridges - Medicaid Support

Free or low-cost health coverage for children under the age of 19, or pregnant women of any age is available. Call the MIChild and Healthy Kids hotline: 1-888-988-6300 OR

Apply online at

April Elementary LifeSPAN Gazette

This month's elementary student newsletter features cruciferous vegetables! Check out recipes, activities, and food resources for families.

Newsletter Link

April Preschool LifeSPAN Gazette

This month's preschool newsletter and recipe cards features spinach! Check out recipes, activities, and more food resources for families.

Newsletter Link

Scholarship Opportunities

Families Against Narcotics of Chippewa County

Families Against Narcotics offers several scholarships each year:

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an EUP senior student intending to further his/her education at a community college, college, or university in the fall of 2022 studying social work, medicine, education, criminal justice, or first responder training.

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one EUP resident, a college student furthering his/her education at a community college, college, or university in the fall of 2022 who is studying social work, medicine, education, criminal justice, or first responder training.

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an EUP resident in recovery who is intending to further his/her education at a community college, college, or university in the fall of 2022.

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m.

Applications for each scholarship are linked above. Please contact the following Families Against Narcotics affiliates for more information:

More Resources

HIV/STI & Sex Education Legal Obligations and Best Practices

The state of Michigan has published a summary of legal obligations and best practices in Michigan Public Schools. This document summarizes law & practice around required content, parent rights, teacher qualifications, compliant processes, and sex-ed advisory boards (SEAB). A link to the document can be found here.

Equity Resource Guide

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights have released an Education Equity Resource Guide. This guide is designed to provide Michigan educators, principals, superintendents with a template for increasing equity in schools and strategies to help dismantle institutional and structural barriers to success for all students. See the Michigan Department of Civil Rights news release for more information, or review the equity and inclusion guide below.

DOCUMENT: Resource Guide to Developing a School Equity Plan: A template to operationalize diversity, equity, and inclusion in Michigan's K-12 Education System

Safe Schools for LGBTQ+ Students

LGBTQ+ students are at disproportionate risk for persistent bullying, harassment, and victimization. During the COVID pandemic, the MDE LGBTQ+ Students Project became more important than ever. In response to request from school districts across Michigan, project staff created a suite of online trainings to build the capacity of schools to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive culture and climate where all students can thrive. Click the training flyer for details for registering and links to the prerecorded workshops and resource materials.
Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH)

CATCH Global Foundation with the support of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is offering a limited number of Michigan K-8 schools access to it’s unique training, implementation and support model and evidence-based Whole Child Coordination resources at no cost this school year. You can read more about the CATCH Program in Michigan and enroll schools here:

Contact: Helen Craig

Helen Craig is the Regional School Health Coordinator for MiSHCA Regions 3 & 5, serving the Eastern Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower MI - Sunrise Side counties. She is also the McKinney-Vento facilitator and social studies curriculum consultant for the EUP ISD.


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