- Self-assessment and planning tool.
- Community-organizing and educational process.
- Focused, reasonable, and user-friendly experience.
- Process that identifies no-cost or low-cost changes.
- Process that provides justification for funding requests.
- Research or evaluation tool.
- Tool for auditing or punishing school staff.
- Long, bureaucratic, painful process.
- Process that requires expensive changes.
- Process that identifies unfunded mandates.
- The self-assessment process involves members of your school community coming together to discuss what your school is already doing to promote good health and to identify your strengths and weaknesses. The SHI allows you to assess how your school implements the types of policies and practices recommended by CDC in its research-based guidelines for school health and safety policies and programs.
- The planning for improvement process enables you to identify recommended actions your school can take to improve its performance in areas that received low scores. It guides you through a simple process for prioritizing the various recommendations. This step will help you decide on a handful of actions to implement this year. Finally, you will complete a School Health Improvement Plan to list the steps you will take to implement your actions.
- Physical activity and physical education.
- Tobacco-use prevention.
- Alcohol and other drug use prevention NEW!
- Chronic health conditions (e.g., asthma, food allergies) NEW!
- Unintentional injury and violence prevention (safety).
- Sexual health, including HIV, other STD and pregnancy prevention.
It also includes cross-cutting questions, which address policies and practices that apply to all seven health topic areas.
Completing the SHI is an important first step toward improving your school’s health promotion policies and practices. Your school can then act to implement the School Health Improvement Plan and develop an ongoing process for monitoring progress and reviewing your recommendations for change. Your school’s results from using the SHI can also help you include health promotion activities in your overall School Improvement Plan.