Health Education

September 2021 Updates

News and Resources for Administrators and Educators in Northern MI

School Health Surveys:
Three school health surveys are open this year:

  • MiPHY (Open September 2021-June 3, 2022. 7th, 9th, & 11th grade). The MiPHY has been updated to include a question on identifying as cis or transgender in the demographics section. The ACES question has been expanded to cover emotional, physical, and substance abuse, as well as mental illness in the home. MiPHY support webinars are offered once a month starting on September 23. More information here.
  • YRBS (Selected 9-12 buildings in the state. Selected buildings have already been notified.
  • School Health Profiles (January-May 2022 - Run by CDC - surveys health teachers & administrators).

MDE Initiative - Children Matter. You Matter. Learn SEL!:

MDE has launched an outreach plan: Children Matter. You Matter. Learn SEL! Part of this plan is asking educators to complete the introduction to SEL online module hosted at Michigan Virtual. The goal is to have as many educators as possible complete the module. The course is free, offers SCECHs, and takes 2 hours to complete. Many schools around the state have already completed the course (see map). Register for the course here!

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.

Upcoming trainings:

Regional School Health Coordinator Helen Craig will be scheduling trainings for the 2021-2022 school year

  • Michigan Model for Health K-6 and 7-12
  • Sex Education/HIV Prevention: For educators who are actively teaching Sex-Ed or HIV Prevention. Educators need to recertify every 5 years. If you are unsure of when you were last trained, contact Helen Craig.
  • Eastern UP Health & PE Teachers—Curriculum Review Team meetings
  • SCHECHs will be available for all trainings.

A full training schedule will be available by October 7.

National Health & P.E. Standards Review

As the taskforce to revise the National K-12 Physical Education Standards continues their work, they believe they are on a timeline that will call for community review and feedback for draft standards in early 2022. Content experts are invited to review and weigh in on the drafted standards. Participants will receive the standards to review in mid to late January and would have four weeks to complete their review. There may be potential to attend a focus group with other reviewers in their area of expertise to discuss feedback with SHAPE America. Names for review teams will be collected through October 31. Please contact Helen Craig for more information.

Impact Website Launch

The Impact Project from U of M 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. The website is available for use with lessons and resources (some parts are under construction).

Suicide Prevention Month:

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The Behavioral Health Learning Collaborative (BHLC) of Michigan is a collaborative group working to reduce youth suicides and meet other mental health needs. The BHLC website contains valuable resources on mental health & wellness, social emotional learning, and youth suicide prevention.

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.

Statewide SEL Conference:

Michigan’s inaugural statewide SEL Conference is on October 27- 28. In-person and virtual options are available. The conference schedule & registration information can be found here.


Please view the following slides from SHAPE-MI for updates from Dr. Deb Berkley. There are a wide variety of conferences, grant opportunities, and training opportunities listed. Resources are also available on the SHAPE-MI website.

United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM):

Please view the following slides from UDIM for updates. Virtual experiences, grants, and nutrition education resources are available. One experience features a local farm in Alpena, MI!

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:

2021 CASH Conference

The Child, Adolescent, and School Health Conference is coming up on October 18-20. Virtual and in-person options are available. See the flyer below for details, or view the registration website here.

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


Apply online at

New Regional School Health Coordinator Hired

Helen Craig began her role in mid-August as Regional School Health Coordinator for MiSHCA Regions 3 & 5, serving the Eastern Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower MI - Sunrise Side counties. Helen’s background is in upper elementary education. She is from Grand Rapids, MI and has spent the last 10 years working and teaching in northern Michigan. Helen graduated from MSU with an MA in teaching & curriculum in 2018, and recently finished a graduate program in learning design and technology through CMU. Helen is taking on Lisa Jo Gagliardi’s former role as well as working with social studies curriculum at the EUP ISD.