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Monitoring and assessing progress in health promoting schools: issues for policy-makers to consider

Authors

Ian Young, Lawrence St Leger, Claire Blanchard

Year

2012

Presentation

This paper explores briefly the different types of tools that are available at present for monitoring and assessing progress in health promoting schools. It also offers a brief review of the practical issues that policy makers and practitioners have had to overcome in developing such tools. It is aimed at assisting professionals, with an interest in school health promotion, who are in the early stages of monitoring the progress of health promotion in their schools. It also provi des selected references for those wishing to explore the issues in more details

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Facilitating Dialogue between the Health and Education Sectors to advance School Health Promotion and Education

Author

International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)

Year

2012

Presentation

In August 2012, the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) published a new document on Facilitating Dialogue between the Health and Education Sectors to advance School Health Promotion and Education. The document, currently available in English, is for policy makers and practitioners in the health and education sectors and for non-governmental organisations.
It is designed to provide the stakeholders in school health with simple and practical insights into facilitating and improving dialogue between health and education and does so by:

  • Identifying the current dilemmas

  • Exploring ‘what are realistic outcomes for school health', and

  • Indicating strategies that have a high degree of success.

     

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Promoting Health in Schools: From evidence to Action

Author

International Union for Health Promotion and education (IUHPE)

Year

2010

Presentation

This document complements the recommendations to establish and sustain health promotion in schools set out in the Guidelines to Promote Health in Schools document (below). It is an advocacy document for the health and education sectors to undertake school health promotion activities based on the evidence of effectiveness.
The document provides succinct evidence-based arguments to support the need for school health promotion and advocates for a whole school (Health Promoting Schools) approach to strategically plan and implement school health initiatives.
The content includes brief summaries of the latest evidence of effectiveness in building the health knowledge, behaviours and competencies in young people to prevent non-communicable diseases. It is intended to address policy and decision-makers and education officials in a manner that is understood and applicable to both sectors.

The document is available in Arabic, Simple Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, French,Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

 

Achieving Health Promoting Schools: Guidelines to Promote Health in Schools

Author

International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)

Year

2009

Presentation

This document provides the blueprint for improving the evidence base to promote health in schools, including 1) the principles of health promotion in schools; and 2) support to plan and implement school health promotion. This document has been produced under the collaboration agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the school health programme.

The document is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Case Studies in Global School Health Promotion: From Research to Practice

Editors

Cheryl Vince Whitman and Carmen E. Aldinger

Year

2009

Presentation

This global collection of case studies, from a dozen countries, offers a world of insights, ideas, and guidance to those addressing social determinants of health at this formative stage, including: education and health policy makers; professionals and administrators; and researchers in national governments, universities, local schools, community, non-governmental organizations and civil society. The material provides interesting and useful information to those dedicated to these issues within WHO, FRESH (Focus Resources on Effective School Health) Partners and other United Nations agencies. It is also an instructive text for graduate students in public health, education, allied health professions and social sciences.

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Journals' issues

Promotion & Education; 12 (3-4); September 2005

Title

Global School Health Promotion

Supported by

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Presentation

The issue presents a global portrait of the present state and future challenges for school health promotion. This publication is acknowledged as a key document in the international development of health promotion in schools.
The content is both informative and stimulating in terms of understanding developments to date and in setting priorities for future action in school health promotion. Authored by invited specialists from all continents, it:

  • describes experiences and presents reports and case studies from across the World;

  • identifies major opportunities to improve health promotion in schools in all countries;

  • demonstrates that promoting health in schools is associated with improved educational achievements as well as measurable improvements in important health indicators;

  • makes the case for improving the health of staff as well as students.

Many of the commissioned papers make the case that there is an emerging body of global evidence which demonstrates the effectiveness of a health promotion approach in schools and gives clear directions for effective ways of working.

 

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