Health Education

Back to School 2022

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

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! My name is Helen Craig and I am the Regional School Health Coordinator for MiSHCA Regions 3 & 5 (see map). I support schools in the Eastern Upper Peninsula & northern lower Michigan. I primarily provide professional development for health and PE teachers, Michigan Model for Health trainings for elementary teachers, and state-required HIV/STI & sex education trainings for educators. I also collaborate with schools to support district or building-wide needs for reproductive health curriculum updates, the Michigan Profiles for Healthy Youth survey (MiPHY), HSAT/WellSAT school wellness plans, and resources for LGBTQ+ students.


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.

September 2022 Trainings:

  • September 1, (1-3 p.m.): Sex Ed Supervisors Meeting - Is your school looking to get up-to-date on sex ed? Attend this meeting to receive updates on law & policy and plan for the school year. Sex ed supervisors will receive materials to facilitate sex ed advisory board meetings and review school-wide data. These meetings will be held virtually.
  • September 29 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.): Regional Health & PE Educator Curriculum Resource Team - This full day workshop with embedded professional learning around current topics, as well as opportunities for round table discussions between northern Michigan health & physical education teachers. This event will be held at the Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Virtual attendance is available.


SHAPE Michigan

Check out virtual and in-person training opportunities, grants, back-to-school resources, and more from SHAPE Michigan.

  • September 15: Virtual Networking
  • September 30: SHAPE MI Tri Found Grant due - go to for more details
  • November 10-12: SHAPE Mi Annual Convention


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.


Mackinac County Communities that Care

Check out events and family resources from the Communities that Care coalition of Mackinac County:

  • International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug 31st
  • Guiding Good Choices Sept series starting 9/12 5:30pm
  • New Drugs, Old Trends presentation Oct. 14 @ Sault Cultural Center in Sault Ste Marie.

Chippewa County Communities that Care

Check out events and family resources from the Communities that Care coalition of Chippewa County:

  • August 31: International Overdose Awareness Day
  • September 1: 2nd Annual Tackling Tailgating event
  • Suicide Prevention Walk - September 23 in Sault Ste Marie & September 34 in Bay Mills.

Otsego County RISE: Fall Kickoff September 29

Otsego Substance Free Coalition is having a kickoff event on Thursday, September 29 from 3:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m. at the Otsego County Sportsplex in Gaylord, MI. This event is open to any Otsego County 7th-12th grade student. Students can enjoy free ice skating & rentals. For more details, email

If you know a student who may be interested in joining Otsego County RISE, please share the QR code below:

LifeSPAN Gazette - Back to School

Check out events and back-to-school information from the LifeSPAN Program! This program serves schools in the EUP ISD. More info on farmers market, Feeding America events, and Indigenous Food Week (September 12-16) can be found here: Newsletter Link

Grant Opportunities

SHAPE America - Health. Moves. Minds. Fundraiser

The health. moves. minds.® Fundraiser brings together the lessons, activities, and community-building ideas that help students live their best life. Check out SHAPE America's webpage for more information.


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.

MOASH: The K-5 Consent Toolkit

The Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (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

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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.