NEW- OHSC Listserv
In January 2023 the OHSC have updated our listserve communications platform. We thank everyone for your patience as we transfer to the new software. If you are no-longer receiving OHSC listserve communications please:
1. Ensure 2023 membership is updated.
2. Contact OHSC
The Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition (OHSC) is an Ontario-wide, broad-based coalition, with volunteer members from health, education, social services, not for profit organizations, small businesses, and parent and student organizations.
For more information: LINK
Membership: Membership is open to all individuals and organizations committed to promoting healthy schools in Ontario. This is an evolving group. We will continue to welcome any interested individuals or organizations who wish to support our vision, mission and values.
Healthy Schools Resources
School Public Health Nurses and COVID-19:
Role Clarification Resource
To help clarify the role and scope of supports that the School Public Health Nurses (PHNs) provide, a Role Clarification Resource was developed by a working group of the Education Sector.
The contents of this resource include:
Every School Healthy
Journal of School Health
Open access to the Journal of School Health , supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). With fourteen invited articles and two commentaries, the issue offers a comprehensive picture of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework in action as a tool for equity in promoting healthy school environments for students.
The articles explore:
Health Promotion Canada
Webinar: Moving health promotion forward as an accredited discipline
To View the webinar click here
This webinar will explore the options for an accreditation system for health promotion practitioners in Canada and how this action can support working towards health equity.
Speakers on this webinar:
OHSC Awards 2023
LINK: Nominations (google form)
Nominations Due: June 10th, 2023
Priority will be given to OHSC members
Carol MacDougall Champion Award
Carol MacDougall Champion Award honors dedication and commitment to the field of comprehensive school health and acknowledges outstanding achievements in frontline practice. Carol MacDougall has contributed to the advancement of comprehensive school health for her many years of on the ground practice and her research and professional documents. Best known within the ranks of public health nursing and as one of the Founders of the Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition Carol’s contribution in this area has been extensive such as being an advocate and writer for the School Health Guidance Document for public health professionals and providing expertise into the development of the Ministry of Education document called the Foundations for a Healthy School.
Beginning in 2022, the Carol MacDougall Champion Award will be presented annually to a professional who most closely embodies the frontline work in comprehensive school health.
Colleen Stanton Professional Award
This award honors a person of research and practice who has made an outstanding contribution towards the advancement of healthy school systems and implementation. OHSC understands the importance of recognizing these leaders who make the meaningful execution of school health through their leadership and passion. As a former OHSC Core Steering Committee Member Colleen Stanton always put to work the knowledge and wisdom she had gained from her years of practice and research.
This award, beginning in 2022, will be presented annually to a person who exemplifies leadership in research and practice and who like Colleen, has made outstanding contributions towards the advancement of school health within the province and their organization.
Enabling children and youth to reach their full potential, achieve academic success, and improve their overall quality of life, is a priority shared across multiple sectors, including health and education.
Children Count Pilot Study
Purpose; to look at the feasibility of coordinated monitoring and assessment of child and youth health to address local data gaps that meet the needs of boards of education and local public health units.
Supporting student achievement and improving overall quality of life for children and youth is a priority shared across multiple sectors, including health and education. In 2017, the Children Count Pilot Study Project Team set out to explore the feasibility of coordinated monitoring and assessment of child and youth health, utilizing the school climate survey, to address local health data gaps. Six school board and public health unit pairings piloted the Healthy Living Module as part of the school board’s school climate survey in the 2018/19 academic year
Read the Study ...
Given that school boards across Ontario are required to administer a School Climate Survey (SCS) every two years, we viewed this tool as an ideal opportunity to collect data on child and youth health. The SCS is widely disseminated, spans a wide age range, and takes advantage of existing resources. Together, the research team, including six school boards spanning five public health units, developed the Healthy Living Module (HLM), a set of questions for students in Grades 4 to 12, to supplement the information being collected by each school board’s SCS. The HLM asks questions pertaining to healthy eating, physical activity, and mental health. Link to the Tool Kit ....