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Enhancing School Health Services through TEAMS
High-quality school health services can improve student health and help to raise academic achievement.  However, many school districts lack the capacity and infrastructure to sustain effective school health services policies and practices.  The TEAMS project aims to increase access to high-quality school health services by providing training, resources, and technical assistance to support districts in making improvements to their school health services. 

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Through the Enhancing School Health Services through Training, Education, Assistance, Mentorship, and Support (TEAMS) project, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides customized training, resources, and technical assistance to school districts that are interested in strengthening policies and practices related to school health services. Participating districts assemble three-member teams including a district health services representative, health agency partner, and physician partner. The teams are guided through a process to:

  • Engage stakeholders and foster partnerships to support improvements in school health services policies and practices (SHSPP);
  • Assess current SHSPP;
  • Identify and prioritize key areas for improvement through strategic planning;
  • Develop an action plan and mobilize support; and
  • Implement and evaluate changes to SHSPP.

This project is funded through a 5-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) School Health Branch.  Learn more.

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Posted 4.17.14
Comment About School Wellness Policies
On February 26, 2014, USDA Food and Nutrition Service proposed regulations to create a framework and guidelines for written local school wellness policies. This proposed rule detailed guidelines for what needs to be included in local school wellness policies in areas such as setting goals for nutrition education and physical activity, informing parents about policy content and implementation, and periodically assessing progress and sharing updates as appropriate.USDA is seeking comments on the proposed rule. The formal 60-day comment period is open through April 28, 2014. Feedback from students, parents, school food staff, school administrators, State agencies, and other interested parties is an important part of the rulemaking process. More (External Site)>
Posted 4.16.14
Full-time School Nurses Enhance Student Health and Learning
A demonstration project in San Jose Unified School District, California to fund full-time school nurses in two elementary schools and two middle schools in low-income communities shows improvements in both student health and student achievement. For instance, students with access to a full-time nurse were less likely to visit the emergency room; more likely to visit an appropriate health care provider if they have a medical referral; and less likely to be absent from school due to illness. School nurses also reduced the achievement gap for students with asthma. More (External Site)>

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