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How to Salsa Dance. Not really, it’s a School Health Index session. Laura Fenik 2009. School Health Index. You tell me about the School Health Index. Is it dangerous to eat lead paint? . Does the health of your students affect their academic performance? .

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how to salsa dance

How to Salsa Dance

Not really, it’s a

School Health Index session.

Laura Fenik 2009

school health index is an evidence based tool to get you started
School Health Index is an evidence based tool to get you started
  • This does not rate your performance as a teacher
  • Does not rate any person or department individually
Not like the ‘school report card”, results stay in the building/district
  • We are looking at what is available to the student; not just what the school provides
  • Looks at the supportive environment
how can i access the shi
How can I access the SHI?
  • Complete the SHI interactively on the Web
  • Download, print, or order from Web site
  • Request by
    • E-mail:
    • Toll-free phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO
full shi summary sample
Full SHI Summary Sample


Team: administrator, special ed teacher, regular classroom teacher, pe teacher, school nurse, facilitator

Topics: nutrition only

Time: completed in one hour

(full index takes about 4 hours with full team)

keep in mind
Keep in mind…
  • Some actions will involve simply making better use of existing resources.
Michael O’Donnel, founder of Journal of Health Promotion, consultant with Cleveland Clinic, started evaluating health promotions

>5 success is likely

4-5 success is possible

<4 success in unlikely

what does your principal superintendent and board need to support this
What does your principal, superintendent and board need to support this?
  • Facts: School Health Index results
*Data to track interventions: track discipline referrals, nurse visits, tardiness, test scores, etc.
benefits of coordinated school health process
Benefits of Coordinated School Health Process
  • Improved test scores
  • Increased attendance
  • Decreased discipline referrals
  • Decreased tardiness
  • Decreased nurse visits
  • Healthy and happy kids!
barriers challenges excuses etc
Barriers, challenges, excuses, etc.
  • Tests, tests, and some more tests
  • Money trees died
  • Pressure from board, parents, administrators, kids, EVERYBODY!
  • “That’s not the schools job!”
  • Changing administration
  • Lack of support from administrators
what are the keys to success
What are the keys to success?
  • School health champion (strong leadership); designated person
making connections
Making Connections
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • District Wellness Policy Committees
  • School Health Teams
  • Building Site Committees
  • Continuous Improvement Plans
  • International Baccalaureate Program
  • IEP and 504 accommodations
  • Others?
for more information
For more information…

Laura Fenik

Health Educator

Lorain County General Health District

Lorain County Coordinated School Health Coalition

9880 S. Murray Ridge Rd.

Elyria, Oh 44035