The Role of the School Health Coordinator
It is important to the American Cancer Society that all school districts in the country have a School Health Coordinator – a trained professional in school health who will help the school district work to improve the programs and policies that can impact the health of its students and faculty. The American Cancer Society has been an advocate for the position of School Health Coordinator for the past 12 years and has been instrumental in developing a training model that is being utilized by a number of states and regions to build capacity and leadership skills in School Health Coordinators and other school and community members who have an interest in school health.
National Association of State Boards of Education defines the responsibilities and functions of the School Health Coordinator as follows:
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SCHOOL HEALTH COORDINATOR
Each school/district shall appoint a school health coordinator to assist in the implementation and coordination of school health policies and programs by:
- ensuring that the instruction and services provided through various components of the school health program are mutually reinforcing and present consistent messages;
- facilitating collaboration among school health program personnel and between them and other school staff;
- assisting the superintendent/school principal and other administrative staff with the integration, management, and supervision of the school health program;
- providing or arranging for necessary technical assistance;
- identifying necessary resources;
- facilitating collaboration between the district/school and other agencies and organizations in the community who have an interest in the health and well-being of children and their families; and
- conducting evaluation activities that assess the implementation and results of the school health program, as well as assisting with reporting evaluation results.