Whole Child Quarterly

Michigan School Health Coordinators' Association

Healthy Students are Better Learners

From the desk of the MiSHCA President

Welcome! Let me take a moment to introduce myself and the MiSHCA organization. I am Christina Harvey and I am the President of the Michigan School Health Coordinators’ Association (MiSHCA). MiSHCA is a network of organizations and individuals who advocate for students, schools and parents around the area of The Whole Child. We represent 24 coordinating sites in Michigan that reach every public, charter and private school in the state. These sites serve as hubs for delivering evidence-based programs that are driven by current state and local data, research and educational requirements. We partner with schools, communities and parents towards a common goal of increasing student achievement and positive health outcomes. Our belief is that “Healthy Students are Better Learners.” By addressing the needs of the Whole Child, we can help students reach their academic potential as well as live longer, fuller lives. This newsletter will include:

  • Up-to-date information on the work we are doing as an association

  • Partnerships we are cultivating to provide a web of resources for students, schools and parents

  • Spotlights on schools/districts that are successfully addressing barriers to learning

  • Highlight Michigan Model for Health content and resources

Thank you for taking the time to read our information. We look forward to keeping you up to date on best practices, training opportunities, and the vital work being done in the schools and communities around the Whole Child. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Regional School Health Coordinator with any questions!

Michigan Model for Health™ in the Spotlight

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MMH Opioid Misuse Prevention Enhancements & Other Revisions

The Michigan Model for Health™ K-12 manuals and flash drives have been revised to include opioid misuse prevention education, with recommendations from the Governor’s Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission.

Additional updates were made as well (URL corrections; material corrections: current stats, etc)

There will be no addenda for this revision, because each manual will have opioid misuse prevention enhancements throughout.

To learn more or for updated curriculum, contact your Regional School Health Coordinator.


MDDHS Tobacco Section Partners with MiSHCA to Provide Vaping Training

In September, MiSHCA members received a training from the Tobacco Section at MDHHS. With the recent rise in vaping products and reported lung injuries occurring across the country, the training was a timely presentation focused on deepening knowledge about e-cigarettes and sharing resources.

MDHHS recently launched a webpage dedicated to e-cigarettes. The webpage includes many resources available for download including fact sheets, infographics, and an e-cigarette webinar (linked below).

The Truth About Electronic Cigarettes (a.k.a. Vape Products)

Trauma-Informed Sex Education

As schools strive to meet the needs of all students and create safe and supportive environments based in trauma-informed practices, it is important to consider how sex education content is being delivered to students. MiSHCA recently partnered with the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH) to receive training in trauma-informed sex education.

During this training participants learned about key principles for trauma-informed sex education, shared age-appropriate strategies for implementing consent into sex education, and learned concrete strategies for bringing those principles into the classroom.

For additional resources pertaining to sex education, please visit MOASH's webpage.

Did you know you have a Regional School Health Coordinator?

Click this link to locate your region and contact person.
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Return on Investment

The Michigan Legislature invested $302,500 for the implementation of the Michigan Model for Health and school health education statewide in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Through grant writing and the development of collaborative working relationships with federal, state, and local agencies and organizations, Regional School Health Coordinators generated over 7 million dollars of additional funding for promoting healthy kids and families throughout the state of Michigan.

This calculates to a return on investment of more than 2500%.

This means that for every dollar invested by the Michigan legislature for school health education, the Regional School Health Coordinators generated $25 dollars in additional funding!

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

Traverse City, MI

Michigan School Health Coordinators' Association

Healthy Students are Better Learners

Free or low-cost health coverage for children under the age of 19, or pregnant women of any age. Call the MI Child and Healthy Kids hotline at 1.888.988.6300 or michigan.gov/michild