Whole Child Quarterly

Michigan School Health Coordinators' Association

Healthy Students are Better Learners

Our organization is committed to continuous learning with the hopes of sharing knowledge and skills with others around the Whole Child. At our last MiSHCA meeting in May, we had the opportunity to network and learn from each other as we explored different content and topics to support us in our work.

MiSHCA received an update about marijuana from Ken Stecker with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan. Ken’s presentation was informative and provided MiSHCA with valuable insights about medical and recreational marijuana.

Other new learning offered at the meeting was focused on Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process (MICIP). Two different sessions were provided for folks to attend that covered the basics of MICIP and Whole Child data used to support MICIP.

In this edition of the newsletter you will find information about:

  • Launching of new Michigan Model for Health™ website
  • Michigan Model for Health™ digital curriculum free access for MMH trained educators until June 30th
  • Appointment of MiSHCA member to Governor Whitmer’s Suicide Prevention Commission
  • All about Coronavirus: A Video for Kids and Their Families

Michigan Model for Health™ in the Spotlight

Michigan Model for Health™ Launches New Website

The Michigan Model for Health™ Program has launched its new website MichiganModelForHealth.org. The new MMH website contains updated information about the Program and a test web portal area for its new digital Grades K through 12th health education curriculum. Features include:

  • compatibility with mobile devices

  • updated health curriculum topics including new opioid misuse prevention content and revised HIV prevention lessons

  • user-friendly web-based lessons

  • online teacher resources, and more!

Interested in learning more? You can access the full article here.

Michigan Model for Health™ Responds to Distance Learning Needs

These are unprecedented times in our state, and with Governor Whitmer's announcement about school closure for the remainder of the school year, the State planning team for the MMH digital curriculum took the necessary steps to make the online curriculum available to all MMH trained teachers. A decision was made to give access to the digitized curriculum through June 30th at no cost to schools.

On May 13th the State planning team officially closed off signing up for Temporary Access to the MMH curriculum. There were almost 280 teachers who signed-up for access to the MMH curriculum!


Partner Feature: SHAPE MI

SHAPE MI, the Society of Health and Physical Educators Michigan, “promotes healthy, active living through professional development and advocacy.” MiSHCA partners with organizations across the state to collectively support schools in ensuring students are healthy, safe, supported, challenged and engaged. MiSHCA and their partners know healthy students are better learners. MiSHCA is pleased to work in partnership with SHAPE MI to support students, teachers, schools, and communities.

SHAPE MI provides many opportunities for professional development across the state. On August 6, 2020 SHAPE MI will be hosting a Physical and Health Education Virtual Workshop for the Great Lakes Region. SHAPE MI members will attend free (Annual membership is $40.00). “Wake your Sleeping Bear,” the SHAPE MI annual statewide conference, will be held November 12-14, 2020 in Traverse City. Call for presenters and exhibitors are open now.

If you’re in need of funding to support physical health and wellness in your district, SHAPE MI supports teachers in several fundraising opportunities to help provide materials and resources to schools. SHAPE MI fundraising opportunities include:

  • CATCH-Go Dough
  • STEP it UP!
  • Health Moves Minds

The H.E.L.P, Healthy Education Advocacy Program, a grant offered by SHAPE MI and sponsored by the Tri-Found, is currently accepting applications through September 11, 2020. The Tri-Found grant program is designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles among children in Michigan by supporting the teachers providing high-quality physical education.

If you’re looking for ideas for your classroom, SHAPE MI’s Care to Share folder hosted on Google Drive is a place teachers can access and share ideas and resources with other educators across the state. Check out the ideas shared from other educators and maybe add some of your own! Need some help using technology in your program? Check out SHAPE MI’s Tech Tools.

To learn more about how to become a SHAPE MI member contact your region coordinator. SHAPE MI members enjoy free or reduced cost attendance at many of the SHAPE MI professional development opportunities.


Appointment of MiSHCA member to Governor Whitmer’s Suicide Prevention Commission

MiSHCA's Macomb Intermediate School District Coordinator, Nancy Buyle, was appointed to Governor Whitmer's Suicide Prevention Commission. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and post graduate certification in Mental Health from Oakland University. She is also an Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner through STARR Commonwealth. Having a representative that supports comprehensive health education on this important commission will help to ensure that the work MiSHCA does is highlighted. Further, she will be able to reach out to us to gain important information that will help inform efforts of the commission.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the nation for individuals between the age of 10-34. This means that having comprehensive suicide prevention education along with effective postvention in the schools is critical.

The first virtual meeting of the commission is May 15, 2020. Nancy is appointed to represent a member who is nominated by the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators and is trained in the "Michigan Model for Health" curriculum. She will represent our group well.


Save the Date: 2021 Connecting with Kids Through School Health Conference

Monday, June 21st

All about Coronavirus: A Video for Kids and Their Families

All about Coronavirus: A Video for Kids and Their Families | Michigan Public Health

The University of Michigan School of Public Health has developed some excellent educational resources for school-age children between the ages of 6 and 11 and their families to learn about and discuss the coronavirus and how we are living with this new germ and new disease.

The video All about Coronavirus: A Video for Kids and Their Families uses an age-appropriate look and feel, and the message is delivered in the voice of a child, which makes it more approachable for a child. The Family Guide will help prepare adults for a discussion with child/ren, including some basic discussion tips, some of the ways this video and the discussion will help them, and some other questions child/ren might ask.

The Family Guide is available for download https://sph.umich.edu/kidscovidresources/ also in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. And the video can be viewed with subtitles in those five languages, as well. To switch subtitle language, click on the settings (gear icon) and select the language of your choice.

Please consider sharing the resources with educators and families in schools and communities so that we can help kids and families understand the coronavirus and give them knowledge and reassurance that empowers them.


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Michigan School Health Coordinators' Association

Healthy Students are Better Learners
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