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2024 Healthy Schools Conference
May 30th and May 31st
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:
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!!
October 2 - 6 2023
National Healthy Schools Week (NHSW) is an opportunity to prioritize, plan, and engage your school community in Healthy School conversations at the start of the year. This weeklong initiative is meant to be tailored to your unique school community, focusing on the priority areas most relevant in your context.
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 ....