Health Education

Summer 2022

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


Click each flyer or scan the QR code to learn more about each training. A calendar of all comprehensive school health workshops can be found HERE.
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Summer Safety for Families

Mi Child Protection Registry

Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography, illegal drugs and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. To reduce these influences on youth, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, text messages, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and can be located at

Guiding Good Choices - Free Workshop Series

Parents, is your child transitioning from elementary school to middle school, or middle school to high school? If so, the Upper Peninsula Communities that Care coalition is inviting you to participate in this FREE parent support program. This program features:

  • Strategies to strengthen family bonds through conversation, conflict resolution, and setting clear guidelines.
  • Child participation (one session) to learn strategies to maintain friendships while resisting peer pressure.

The next series begins on June 7, 2022. For more information & all course dates, go to: or contact Meghann Wolvert:, 906-298-2138

Community Events

Live with Pride! A Community Discussion

Join members of MiSault Pride and LSSU's SAGE at Bayliss Public Library on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m.! LGBTQ+ community leaders will answer questions from families and community members who are seeking to learn more about how they can support LGBTQ+ youth at home, at school, and in the community. The goal of this panel is to meet attendees where they are at in their learning, and identify ways to best support LGBTQ+ children. There will also be an open question-and-answer session from people in attendance to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community.

Street Art Workshop Series & Skate Park Improvement Project

Join Gaylord Area Council for the Arts and Otsego Substance Free Coalition for a ribbon cutting ceremony for their street art workshop series and skate park improvement project. This event will take place on June 21, 2022, at 5:00 p.m at the Sportsplex North Parking lot in Gaylord, MI. Learn more at or

Talk Saves Lives - An introduction to Suicide Prevention

Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, and how to keep themselves and others safe.

This event will take place on June 27, 2022 at Sault Area Middle School in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Contact for more information. Registration link:

Classroom Opportunities

Adopt a cow!

Forget the guinea pig. How about adopting a 1,500-pound dairy cow for your classroom mascot? Don’t worry about finding a pen big enough to hold her. The photos and stories we’ll send you about her life on the farm will make her come alive for your students!

The Discover Dairy “Adopt a Cow” program is an exciting, year-long experience for your classroom. Throughout the program, you’ll get an inside look at dairy farming and be paired with a calf from a dairy farm in Michigan. You’ll find out what her name is, when her birthday is, where she lives, and how the farmer takes care of her. You’ll also receive progress updates, photos of the cow, live chats from the farm, activity sheets for your students, suggested lessons that follow Common CORE standards, and even opportunities to write letters to your calf!

Register for this upcoming school year is open and ends September 15, so make sure you share the program with a teacher you know! Visit to learn more about the program.

Discover Dairy is an educational series managed by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania in partnership with United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

Grant Opportunities

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 until June 30, 2022.

Additional Building Healthy Communities Grants are available:

  • Building Healthy Communities: Reducing Health Disparities in Elementary Schools is focused on addressing the social determinants of health that have contributed to wide disparities in many communities across Michigan. Entire school districts have been invited to participate in the program to allow for a coordinated effort to facilitate sustainable, systemwide changes focused on healthy living opportunities, access to healthy food, safe places to be physically active, and education and policies throughout entire communities.
  • Building Healthy Communities: Engaging Middle Schools through Project Healthy Schools creates a culture of wellness enabling middle school students to increase physical activity, eat healthier, improve mental health and understand how nutrition, activity and well-being influence their lifelong health and learning. The program includes social and emotional health for students, staff wellness, before- and after-school programs, community outreach and engagement, and an enhanced focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Applications are due August 22, 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.

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

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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