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School Attendance, Chronic Health Conditions and Leveraging Data for Improvement: Recommendations for State Education and Health Departments to Address Student Absenteeism (2016)



This publication highlights how state education and health departments can help lead the way in reducing absenteeism through a comprehensive approach that is inclusive of addressing chronic health conditions. It describes connections between school attendance and chronic health conditions, discusses challenges and opportunities for data collection and use, and promotes the integration of school health services, specifically nursing, into efforts to improve school attendance. The document provides recommendations for action and features successes within various states and communities.



A Guide for Incorporating Health and Wellness into School Improvement Plans (2016)


School improvement plans provide a systematic opportunity to address the needs of the whole child, incorporating physical, social, emotional and/or behavioral health priorities into schools. This guide is designed to provide public health agencies and other education partners an understanding of improvement plans and their purpose and role in schools and districts. It outlines opportunities to incorporate health and wellness-related goals and aligned activities into the improvement planning process, and highlights useful examples from a state, district and schools that have done it.


Nevada: Improving School Nutrition, Strengthened by a State Wellness Policy (2015)

 State School Health Policy Matrix 2.0 (2015)

As leaders across the country seek to improve student health, there is a growing need for tools to help navigate the complex world of school health policy. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) have worked together to develop the State School Health Policy Matrix 2.0, an updated guide to state-level school health policies for the following topics: competitive foods and beverages, physical education and physical activity, and administration of medication in the school environment. The State School Health Policy Matrix 2.0 outlines relevant state-level policies for each of these areas, including a direct link to the policy. It also it indicates which political entity or agency adopted the policy or issued guidance, helping to answer the question – Who has historically had the authority to make policy changes in the areas of competitive foods and beverages, physical education and physical activity, and administration of medication in each state?

State Health Department Leadership in Addressing Chronic Conditions in Schools: Case Studies from Massachusetts and Missouri (2015)



Speaking Education's Language: A Guide for Public Health Professionals Working in the Education Sector (2013). 



Integrating Mental Health into Chronic Disease Prevention Strategies for Youth: An Opportunity for Change (2012)



Thinking Outside the Box: Building and Sustaining School Health Programs in State Health Agencies without Dedicated Funding (2012)


Health and Academic Achievement

 Partnering for Success: How Health Departments Work and How to Work with Health Departments (2009)

Additional resources from Partnering for Success, including a workshop script and one-pagers can be found here.