Coordinated School Health Resource Library

Listed below are a variety of resources to help better understand Coordinated School Health and our work regarding this initiative.

The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide 2017

 The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide 2017 is an online self-assessment and planning tool (also available in a downloadable, printable version) that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. The SHI was developed by CDC in partnership with school administrators and staff, school health experts, parents, and national nongovernmental health and education agencies.

 Parent Heart Watch Back to School Flyers


The Parent Heart Watch (PHW) is a national advocacy organization focused on protecting youth from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). PHW is comprised of parents and other advocates who have been personally touched by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or sudden cardiac death (SCD) and who now put their time and effort into preventing SCA/SCD in the young throughout their community

 The following are Back to School flyers for school administrators, coaches and educators, as well as parents on how to best help with issues related to SCA.

  • Superintendents/Administrators/Principals Flyer: Explains how school districts can be prepared to protect students with a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan. 
  • Coaches/Educators Flyer: Detailed information on what school staff can do to educate students and their school community about SCA in youth as well as spot potential issues.
  • Parents Flyer: Overviews what SCA in youth and what parents can do to project young hearts.


  • In October 2015, The CDC launched a new Healthy Schools Website which provides information and tools for teachers, parents, and schools on topics including school nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention, management of chronic diseases.  
  •  Learn about CDC's Division on Adolescent and School Health (DASH), which  promotes environments where teens can gain fundamental health knowledge and skills, establish lifetime healthy behaviors, connect to health services and avoid becoming pregnant or infected with HIV or STDs.
  •  Read about ASCD's The Whole Child Approach which is an effort to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long term development and success of children.


 GENYOUth Briefs

  •  GENYOUth InBrief Volume 2, March 2017 - FUELING GREATNESS AMONG HISPANIC YOUTH: Celebrating differences, addressing needs to help American students be as healthy and successful as possible. Latino youth represent the largest, youngest, and fastest-growing minority group in the nation -- a key population that Fuel Up to Play 60 en Español was created to serve. This Brief emerges from GENYOUth’s conviction that, in our diverse society, the benefits that come with improved nutrition and more opportunity for physical activity in the school environment must be available to all youth – regardless of language or cultural differences.
  •  GENYOUth InBrief Volume 3, April 2017 - COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Working Together for Change. For those who work in the area of school wellness, public health, nutrition, physical activity, on an allied field, this Brief’s insights make clear how real community engagement – of which GENYOUth’s Town Halls, produced with Dairy and NFL partners over the last several years, are an example -- can aid everything from uncovering collaboration opportunities and strengthening relationships to garnering commitments of support and underwriting for vital initiatives.


Updated October  2017

 Staff Contact

 Kayla Jackson, Project Director,Coordinated School Health