Coordinated School Health
Our MissionThe mission of Coordinated School Health Program (CSH) is to improve student health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities, and schools. Funding for CSH is provided by the Tennessee State Legislature through the Department of Education. Matching funds and community resources are necessary to help schools solve complex health issues. The benefits of the program include: 1) reduced absenteeism, 2) fewer behavior problems in the classroom, and 3) improved student health and performance. Special thanks to the Tennessee State Legislature for making Tennessee the first state in the nation to mandate Coordinated School Health statewide.
What is Coordinated School Health?
A coordinated school health program (CSH) model consists of eight interactive components based on a model created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A core group of Knox County administrators representing the eight areas of CSH and the System Wide Health Advisory Council guide the efforts. Healthy School Teams provide leadership for healthy initiatives in schools. Teams utilize the CDC School Health Index to determine strengths and weaknesses and create an action plan for improvement. CSH staff includes a Coordinated School Health Specialist, a Coordinated School Health Assistant and an Administrative Assistant. CSH is supervised by KCS Health Services and Student Support Services.