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2024 Healthy Schools Conference
May 30th and May 31st
Back to Basics…
Healthy Schools for ALL
Mariposa Inn and Conference Centre
400 Memorial Ave.
Lots more to come..
LINK: 2024 Membership
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.
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:
2024 Healthy Schools Conference
Call for Presenters
LINK to Google Form: https://forms.gle/17dTFE8ccjNqz4BX8
Deadline: February 23rd 2024
The Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition invites those interested in presenting at the 2024 conference to submit a proposal.
Workshops should reference the foundations for a healthy schools and support one or more of the following themes:
Preference will be given to presenters using evidence-informed approaches and strategies, effective partnerships, and measurable outcomes.
OHSC web-meetings offer members an unique way for those engaged with healthy schools to learn from key presenters and to network.
Meetings will begin at 3:30pm-4:30pm
Please mark your calendar!!
Schools are ideal settings to promote health and to inspire commitment to Health Promoting Schools (HPS) among students, parents/guardians, school staff and broader school community.
HPS is an internationally recognized approach for supporting improvements in student educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated, and holistic way.
While several international documents offer a collection of Standards and Indicators, there is a need for a distinct set of Canadian Standards and Indicators to guide the planning, implementation, sustainment, and monitoring and evaluation of HPS in Canadian schools.
LINK: Canadian Standards & Indicators for Health Promoting Schools
This document, developed for, and in collaboration with, the Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH), outlines a set of Canadian Standards and Indicators for HPS. These provide a foundation for education and health systems to work together to create healthy school environments to improve the health and well-being and academic outcomes of all students.
In this document, Standards refer to the guiding principles and expectations of the implementation and sustainment of HPS, and Indicators refer to the tools or signs that indicate whether schools meet Standards.
These Standards and Indicators have been developed through a rigorous 3-step process:
1) a comprehensive literature review of the peer-reviewed and grey literature on Standards and Indicators related to the HPS approach;
2) a consensus-seeking process among 53 experts from JCSH Member Jurisdictions across Canada who assessed the achievability of Standard Components (i.e., sub-components of Standards) and acceptability and feasibility of Indicators; and
3) grouping Standard Components into Standards and mapping Indicators to these Standards.
This process resulted in formulating nine Standards:
Standard 1. School engages the community for the implementation and sustainment of the HPS approach.
Standard 2. School leadership is dedicated to the HPS approach.
Standard 3. School policies support the HPS approach.
Standard 4. School environment is conducive to the safety and health and well-being of students and school staff.
Standard 5. School’s curriculum and health education prepares students for healthy futures.
Standard 6. Governing system prioritizes and supports the HPS approach.
Standard 7. School health services support the health and well-being of all students. Standard 8. School promotes equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and indigeneity. Standard 9. Monitoring and evaluation inform the implementation and sustainment of the HPS approach.
This document serves as the roadmap that schools, administrators, school staff, school communities, policymakers, health service providers, and health promotion coordinators and practitioners can follow for the planning, implementation, everyday practice, adaptation, scaling, sustainment, and monitoring and evaluation of HPS in Canadian schools.
Learn More : www.jcsh-cces.ca
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 ....