The Office of School Health and Wellness Initiatives works to empower Maricopa County schools ensure a healthy school environment for both students and school staff. The SHI-SHIP Program is a two year program to help schools create, improve, or better sustain environments where students, especially those in greatest need, can learn and flourish.
The ultimate goal is that each participating school will develop a sustainable School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) that meets regularly, assesses the school’s progress toward health and wellness goals, and implements small goals to continue to benefit students, staff and the community.
Throughout this program we provide each school funding, training, and resources. Explore year one and two below or contact us today to see how your school can join the Healthy Schools Network.
The Healthy Schools Network is built on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) evidence-based guidelines for the Coordinated School Health Model. In year one, schools use the national School Health Index (SHI) to identify and prioritize which health programs are most likely to be effective in promoting healthy behaviors at your school. Along with this self-assessment, year one is designed to create a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) who will develop the schools action plan to implement during year two.
At a glance:
- Funding: $1,000 stipend for School Coordinator and $1,000 for materials
- Building a team: The School Health Advisory Council is the schools core team during this program.
- Assessment: The School Health Index is a tool to identify and prioritize needs in your school.
- Planning for action: Action plans are used to map out a plan to improve the targeted areas in your school.
In year two, participating schools who have successfully complete the first phase, are eligible to begin implementing their School Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). Approved SHIP schools receive $2,500 to fund sustainable activities in their plan.
At a glance:
- Funding: $2,500 to implement school health improvement plan.
- Implementation: The School Health Index is a tool to identify and prioritize needs in your school.
- Measuring Success: Three check in reports during the school year to ensure progress and identify any needed technical assistance. This feedback also helps to improve the program for other schools.
Our team can provide support, such as:
- A prevention specialist who can provide training, answer questions and connect you with additional Public Health services.
- Online school health hub to help locate community partners and resources
- Health fair and classroom tools including displays, models, DVDs and other educational opportunities