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  Building Bridges for Adolescent Sexual Health through State-Local Collaboration 

School Health Advisory Councils:
National, State, and Local Perspectives on the Value of SHACs
for Supporting Children and Adolescents

Webinar:  July 30, 2013

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The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), in collaboration with the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) and education and health agency partners in Texas, presented a webinar on School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) on July 30, 2013. The webinar provides an overview of the value of SHACs from the national, state, and local perspectives and the role they play in supporting healthy children and adolescents.

The webinar features a presentation from DASH with an overview of SHACs from the national perspective and presentations from education and health agencies in Texas that highlight SHACs from the state and local perspectives. Webinar viewers will learn about:

  • The significance of SHACs from the national perspective;
  • The history of SHACs in Texas and the Texas Education Code mandate for SHACs;
  • Examples of SHAC structure, coordination, and activities;
  • The role SHACs play in school health programs and supporting education and health outcomes; and
  • Resources to support SHACs.

A SHAC is a group of individuals representing diverse segments of the community, including parents, appointed by the school district to serve at the district level to provide guidance to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning. SHACs assist school districts in ensuring that local community values are reflected in their district's health education instruction.

Building Bridges for Adolescent Sexual Health
Through State-Local Collaboration

The Building Bridges for Adolescent Sexual Health Through State-Local Collaboration project is a collaborative effort between the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) supported by funding from CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). The project goal is to build and enhance collaboration among state and local health and education agencies and their partners to improve health and educational outcomes for adolescents. The project was launched in March 2012 with the health and education agencies in Houston and Texas. Houston and Texas were identified as ideal partners for this project for many reasons, including the existing relationships between AMCHP, NACCHO, and the health and education agencies in the two jurisdictions; existing cooperative agreements with DASH;* and interest among the “core partners” (i.e. the health and education agencies) to work together. Staff of AMCHP and NACCHO provide capacity building assistance to strengthen agency capacity for collaboration and action.

Building Bridges Project Core Partners

Texas Education Agency
Statewide Coordinator, Health and Safety
 
Houston Independent School District
Manager, Secondary Health and Physical Education
 
Texas Department of State Health Services
State Adolescent Health Coordinator
 
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Bureau Chief, HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Prevention

* AMCHP, NACCHO, HISD, and TEA have independent cooperative agreements with DASH. AMCHP and NACCHO are funded under CDC RFA DP11-1101 and HISD and TEA are funded under CDC RFA DP08-801.

To read more about the Building Bridges project, please download the following two posters, each recently presented in Texas:

Presented November 2012 at CityMatCH/MCH Epi Conference

Presented June 2013 at It's Time Texas Summit