Health Education

December 2021 Updates

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

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: December 10, January 18, February 17, & March 7. To register, please email kramern@michigan.gov, subject line MiPHYWEB.
  • MiPHY Quick Start Guide
  • Michigan Department of Education MiPHY Site

NEW: 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:


  • School Health Profiles (January 19, 4-5 p.m.): School health profiles is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices.
  • 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.


UPDATED: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR:

This year, professional learning for teachers is available in the following areas:

  • Michigan Model for Health
  • Sex-Ed/HIV Prevention
  • EUP ISD - Regional Health/PE Educators Curriculum Resource Team
  • COP ESD - Regional Health/PE Educators Curriculum Resource Team


The PD Calendar is available HERE. Superintendents or administrators are welcome to request district-specific professional development for their educators that align with professional development schedule. Potential areas of professional learning include the WSCC model, MiPHY support, Michigan Model for Health, or other district-identified areas of need. I am available as a virtual or in-person presenter. Please note: Several events have been updated or rescheduled on the calendar.

ATTN PE TEACHERS: Shape-MI Conference - December 4

SHAPE - Michigan's virtual conference will be held on Satuday, December 4th from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This conference focuses on resources for PE teachers, inclusive PE classrooms, and Adapted Physical Education (APE) assessments.


The registration link and full schedule are available here.

UPDATED: Upcoming trainings:

This year, professional learning for teachers is available in the following areas:

  • Michigan Model for Health
  • Sex-Ed/HIV Prevention
  • EUP ISD - Regional Health/PE Educators Curriculum Resource Team
  • COP ESD - Regional Health/PE Educators Curriculum Resource Team


The PD Calendar is available HERE. Links to register for sessions will be added when they go live - Events for November-December are available now for registration. Please note: Several events have been updated or rescheduled on the calendar.


NEW: InPACT Home Modules

The University of Michigan's InPACT project is nearing completion. This online resource has learning modules focused on resilience, nutrition, physical activities, family talk, sleep, and focus. There is a strong emphasis on incorporating movement in classroom routines and lessons as well as family engagement.


Michigan Model Updates:

  • Michigan Model for Health is now available online! Check your eligibility for access to this free resource by viewing this flowchart, and contact Helen Craig with questions.
  • All Michigan Model assessments for grades 5-12 are now available as Google Forms. For access to these assessments, view the following link with information and complete the agreement form.

Resources, Links, & Events

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 ksager@maresa.org if you have any questions.


Flyer: Guiding Good Choices

Workshop Series Dates

Registration links for upcoming courses: https://upctc.com/ggc

Elementary LifeSPAN Gazette

This month's elementary newsletter features a variety of fruits and vegetables! Check out recipes, activities, and food resources for families.


Newsletter Link

Preschool LifeSPAN Gazette

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


Newsletter Link

Scholarship Opportunities

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 https://www.michiganautolaw.com/scholarships/kelseys-law/

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

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 https://newmibridges.michigan.gov/s/isd-landing-page?language=en_US

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: https://catch.org/catch-michigan

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 UPCED facilitator and social studies curriculum consultant for the EUP ISD.

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