Health Education

February 2022

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

Professional Learning Opportunities for Educators, Administrators, & School Staff

Upcoming trainings for Health & PE Educators

Professional learning for educators is ongoing as we enter the second half of the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Michigan Model for Health: State-wide training session available March 1, or training available by school district upon request
  • Sex-Ed/HIV Prevention: February 23 or March 1
  • COPESD/EUP ISD/AMA ESD/COOR ISD- Regional Health/PE Educators Curriculum Resource Team: Last 2 sessions of the year - February 11 & March 9.

Michigan Model Updates:

  • Michigan Model for Health is now available online! Contact school health coordinator Helen Craig with questions.
  • All Michigan Model assessments for grades 2-12 are now available as Google Forms. For access to these assessments, view the following link with information and complete the agreement form.

Sex Ed Advisory Board - 101 & 201

FREE - Sex Education Advisory Board Professional Learning Opportunities

SEAB for Supervisors Workshop 101 February 22, 2022 - 3-6PM

This state wide virtual workshop opportunity is to educate and network with other Sex Education Advisory Board Supervisors. Participants will be refreshed in sex education laws, leading the SEAB meetings, current issues, parent engagement, national standards and choosing/updating your curriculum. This is SEAB basic "need to know information" or 101.

SEAB for all members Workshop 201 March 22, 2022 3-6PM

This state wide virtual opportunity is to educate and network with other Sex Education Advisory Board's. This workshop will dive a little deeper into the Sex Education Advisory Board, their roles, curriculum review and 2 year surveys and much more!

Genetics Labs at Lake Superior State University

February 15, 2022: STEM Integrated Learning Team will be held at Crawford Hall at LSSU. This is highly recommended for any high school health teachers who are interested in genetics in a laboratory setting. Teachers will be able to use the amazing lab facilities at LSSU where university faculty will lead us in some excellent lab experiences in genetics and chemistry. We will learn how to connect our classes with LSSU and will also learn how we can take what we learn into our own classrooms. Registration is available via Wisdomwhere.

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 will open in early spring. Lauren Kazee, Mental Health Consultant at MDE, provided approval for 31n 12 funds to cover this conference! Please, spread the word to your team and locals. Please, invite other folks from your district who might be interested in our other conference offerings like PE, Nutrition, etc. For more information, please visit

Virtual Health Series

The Michigan School Health Coordinator's Association (MiSHCA) is excited to offer FREE virtual professional learning opportunities to educators and administrators throughout the state. The series will focus on using data as a tool to inform, engage and create opportunities for students. Registration forms are available for the series:

  • HSAT: Healthy School Action Tools (February 24, 4-5 p.m.): The Healthy School Action Tools are a suite of online tools designed to help schools assess the health of their school environments and take action to improve those environments.
  • MICIP: Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process (Spring 2022 - registration coming soon): The MICIP is a pathway for districts to improve student outcomes by assessing the whole child needs to develop plans and coordinate funding.

Grant Opportunities

Safe Routes to School Mini Grant Open for 2022-2023 School Year

Safe Routes to School - Michigan has opened mini grant applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Mini Grants are a great way to ease into the Safe Routes to School movement, and start building a culture of walking, biking, and rolling at your school. Mini Grants afford schools and communities to create programs that educate and encourage students to stay healthy and active while reducing traffic around schools. Up to $10,000 per school is available, and up $100,000 per those applying for 10 or more schools. Applications are competitive and funding is limited. Proposals are due March 4th. See for details.

Bullying Prevention Initiative Grant open for 2022-2023 School Year

The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Family Center) and Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) are pleased to announce a small grant opportunity for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Each school district is eligible to apply for up to $10,000 for their program.

Eligible programs need to demonstrate the ability to meet the following objectives:

  • Create safe cultures for children with special health care needs within school communities.
  • Provide or enhance the school environment for peer support for youth with special health care needs.
  • Increase social and emotional support in schools for children with special health care needs.
  • Expand anti-bullying efforts for youth with special health care needs.

The deadline to have the application emailed is Friday, March 18, 2022. Please note this is a fillable PDF application. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Kate Jones at or 517-335-9096.

Competetive School Safety Grant Program (CSSGP)

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Office of School Safety is pleased to announce that applications for the Fiscal Year 2022 Competitive School Safety Grant Program (CSSGP) are now available at

The purpose of this grant is to improve the safety and security of students and staff through the purchase and installation of technology and equipment for school buildings or to upgrade hardening measures. Public schools, nonpublic schools, school districts, public school academies, and intermediate school districts are all eligible to apply. Completed and signed applications (including all attachments) must be received via email at no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) EDT on Thursday, March 24. Questions about the CSSGP can be directed to


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:

  • Webinars are available around MiPHY implementation. Upcoming dates include: February 17, & March 7. To register, please email, subject line MiPHYWEB.
  • MiPHY Quick Start Guide
  • Michigan Department of Education MiPHY Site

Family Resources: UP-Wide Guiding Good Choices Caregiver Program

The Upper Peninsula Communities that Care coalition is offering their FREE U.P. Wide Virtual Guiding Good Choices Caregiver Program. By participating in the Guiding Good Choices Program parents and caregivers:

  • Learn specific actions that promote healthy development
  • Understand ways to reduce risk-taking behavior in adolescents
  • Utilize skills that promote strong family bonds as the key that motivates preteens/teens to follow family guidelines and stay on course for better health and educational outcomes.

Please contact Kelly Sager at if you have any questions.

Registration links for upcoming courses:

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

February Elementary LifeSPAN Gazette

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

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February Preschool LifeSPAN Gazette

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

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Scholarship Opportunities

EEqual Scholarship Awards - CLOSES MARCH 1

The EEqual Scholarship Awards program is designed to highlight the potential of young people in the United States who are struggling with homelessness, housing instability, or extreme poverty. This scholarship covers tuition costs, up to $8,000, for students experiencing homelessness or housing instability. The scholarship application is open from November 1, 2021 to March 1, 2022. Recipients will be announced at the beginning of May 2022.To learn more and apply, visit

Kelsey's Law Scholarship - Distracted Driving Awareness

Kelsey Raffaele, 17, of Sault Ste. Marie, tragically died in a cell phone-related automobile crash in 2010. The Kelsey’s Law Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship has been created in her honor to inspire change in teens who drive distracted and help prevent car accidents. A total of $5,000 in college scholarships will be awarded in April 2022 among 4 winning student submissions throughout the state. High school juniors and seniors are eligible. The deadline is March 31st, 2022. To learn more and apply, visit

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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