American Academy of Pediatrics, Council on School Health: School Health Resources

Center for Health and Health Care in Schools 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division on Adolescent and School Health (DASH)

Adolescent and School Health Tools:

·         Food-Safe Schools Action Guide (FSSAG)

·         Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

·         Improving the Health of Adolescents and Young Adults:  A Guide for States and Communities

·         Making It Happen!

·         Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)

·         School Health Index (SHI): A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide 

School Health Policy Resources

Guidelines and Strategies (CDC)
For the 6 Critical Health Behaviors and more specific health topics at CDC-DASH, also see:  

Data Resources:

·         Youth Risk Behavior Survey

·         School Health Profiles

·         School Health Policies and Program Study  

Children’s Safety Network

·         Bullying Prevention- Bullying in schools: A COPS publication

·         General/Multiple Causes- Infant mortality and pregnancy loss: Knowledge Path - An MCH Library guide

·         Intimate Partner Violence- Sexual and reproductive health of persons aged 10-24 years - United States, 2002—2007: A CDC report

·         Pedestrian Safety- International scan summary report on pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility: A FHWA publication

·         Traffic Injuries- Results of the 2007 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers: A NHTSA report

·         Data & Surveillance- QuickStats: Motor-vehicle traffic and poisoning death rates, by age: United States, 2005-2006. – A CDC report

·         Funding- Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative awards

·         Policy, Regulation & Legislation

o    Laying a solid foundation: Strategies for effective program replication: A P/PV report

o    Strengthening what works: Critical provisions for prevention and public health in health reform legislation. – A Prevention Institute and Policy Link memo

National Assembly on School-based Health Care
Resources to enable school-based health centers to deliver affordable, high-quality services and play an active role in public policy. Tool kits, health education materials, behavioral health and clinical resources, virtual tour of two school health centers.

National School Boards Association (NSBA), School Health Programs
Resources to help policymakers and educators make informed decisions about health issues including "101" information packets such as Asthma in Schools 101 and Tobacco Use Prevention 101, a health newsfeed, NSBA health-related publications, and the School Health Resource Database, which contains abstracts of more than 3,000 articles, training tools, and policy samples.

Federal Web Sites

·         Family Guide to Keeping Youth Mentally Healthy and Drug Free

·         Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families

·         15+ Make Time to Listen...Take Time to Talk

·         Find Youth Info

·         Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA

·         National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

·         Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice

·         Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Department of Education

·         EPA Healthy School Environments  

Non-Federal Web Sites

·         American Medical Association's Adolescent Health On-Line

·         American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

·         America's Promise: The Alliance for Youth

·         Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

·         Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

·         Child Trends

·         Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

·         Council of Chief State School Officers

·         Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health

·         Do Something. Young People Changing their World

·         Institute for Youth Development

·         National Adolescent Health Information Center

·         National 4-H Council / Building Partnerships for Youth

·         National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety

·         National Dropout Prevention Center/Network

·         National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health)

·         National Maternal and Child Health Center for Child Death Review

·         National Mentoring Partnership

·         Public Policy Analysis and Education Center for Middle Childhood and Adolescent Health

·         Society for Adolescent Medicine

·         State Adolescent Health Resource Center

·         School Health Resource Center

·         Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

·         Taking a Closer Look: A Guide to Online Resources on Family Involvement

·         World Health Organization's Global School Health Initiative 

Other Federal Agency Publications

·         Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool(HealthySEAT). EPA has developed a software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. HealthySEAT can be customized and used by district-level staff to conduct voluntary self-assessments of school facilities and to track and manage information on environmental conditions school by school.

·         The February 2008 issue of the Journal of School Health, "A CDC Review of School Laws and Policies Concerning Child and Adolescent Health," gives educators and public health professionals new access to information on laws and policies important to the health of children and adolescents in schools.

·         Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3). This EPA campaign aims to ensure that all schools are free from hazards associated with mismanaged chemicals. SC3 gives K-12 schools, parents, and local organizations the information and tools to create partnerships for chemical management programs that meets the unique needs of their schools.

·         Understanding Youth Development: Promoting Positive Pathways of Growth. This document provides a review of adolescent development literature. In addition, a conceptual framework for understanding youth development is outlined.

·         Reconnecting Youth and Community: A Youth Development Approach This resource focuses on how communities can shift from a problem-focused approach to serving youth to a community-youth involvement model that captures the talents, abilities, and worth of youth.  

Non-Federal Publications

·         Safe and Healthy School Environments. This book explores the school environment using the methods and perspectives of environmental health science. Though environmental health has long been understood to be an important factor in workplaces, homes, and communities, this is the first book to address the same basic concerns in schools.

·         Building Partnerships for Youth Program Assessment Tool. This assessment tool, developed by the National 4-H Council and the University of Arizona, was created to help users assess their program's ability to address the 21 elements of youth development, and then make informed decisions regarding future program directions.

·         Community Collaboration Tool. This tool, developed by the National 4-H Council and the University of Arizona, is details the steps necessary to customize it for use in your state or community.

·         Community Programs to Promote Youth Development. This report, published by the National Academies, focuses on community-based programs for youth and examines what is known about their design, implementation, and evaluation.

·         Engaging Schools: Fostering High School Students' Motivation to Learn. This National Academies document provides recommendations for engaging students and improving academic achievement, as well as promoting positive health behaviors.

·         Enhancing Student Connectedness to Schools Developed by the Center for School Mental Health Analysis and Action at the University of Maryland, this document gives an overview of what school connectedness and school climate are, and discusses potential strategies for creating a positive school climate and increasing student connectedness to school.

·         Family Environment and Adolescent Well-Being: Exposure to Positive and Negative Family Influences This brief, developed by Child Trends and the National Adolescent Health Information Center at the University of California, San Francisco, provides data on the influences of parents and families on their adolescents.

·         Guide to Federal Resources for Youth Development Published by America's Promise, a coalition of communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals supporting youth development programs, this guide provides information on federal funds available to support youth development programs.

·         Health Profile of Adolescent and Young Adult Males: 2005 Brief This brief, published by the National Adolescent Health Information Center, highlights priority health issues for adolescent and young adult males and identifies key gender and racial/ethnic disparities. Health topics include violence, substance use, mental health, reproductive health, and healthcare access and utilization.

·         Improving Public Health Through Youth Development This supplement of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (November 2006) presents and discusses youth development approaches in the context of public health programs.

·         Quality of Care for Children and Adolescents: A Chartbook. Published by the Commonwealth Fund, this chartbook takes a closer look at the health care provided to children and adolescents in the United States. Forty charts and analyses describe the current state of pediatric health care.

·         Parents Matter! is an evidence-based prevention program for parents of pre-teens. This community-level family prevention program is designed to enhance protective parenting practices and promote parent-child discussions about sexuality and sexual risk reduction.

·         Reducing the Risk: Connections that Make a Difference in the Lives of Youth. This monograph, based on the first analysis of the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health data, outlines how environment and setting influence how adolescents feel about themselves and the decisions they make about behaviors that can affect their health and future.

·         System Capacity for Adolescent Health: Public Health Improvement Tool. Is a set of assessment and discussion tools designed to assist state maternal and child health program in assessing six areas of capacity to support effective state adolescent health programs.

·         School Connectedness: Improving Students’ Lives This report, published by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, discusses the value of school connectedness as a stabilizing force for military children and other children who relocate frequently.

·         Young People's Health Care: A National Imperative This issue paper, published by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, highlights the unique health issues faced by young people, as well as the different socioeconomic, cultural, and demographic factors influencing their health status, access to care, and utilization of services.  

August is also National Immunization Awareness Month- see below for more resources:

·         CDC Home Page for Vaccines & Immunizations- This website includes information, schedules, guidelines and recommendations for vaccines for all age groups.

·         National Immunization Awareness Month- This is the homepage for National Immunization Awareness Month and provides a quick overview of the importance of immunizations. 

·         Pre-teen and Adolescent Vaccines- This site provides specific information about the needs of pre-teens and adolescents related to vaccines (including those against meningococcal disease, pertussis, and HPV).