Health is not just the absence of disease—it is complete physical, mental, and social well-being. A school health program that effectively addresses students’ health consists of many different components. Each component makes a unique contribution while also complementing the others.
The components listed below encompass a school's instruction, services, and physical and social environments. Because individuals, institutions, needs, and resources differ from community to community, no two approaches are expected to look exactly alike. Each new setting brings together a unique group of people and agencies to determine the specific needs facing young people in their schools.
Schools by themselves cannot and should not be expected to solve the nation’s most serious health and social problems. However, schools could provide a critical facility in which many agencies might work together to maintain the well-being of young people. The systematic approach must involve families, health care workers, the media, religious organizations, community organizations that serve youth, and young people themselves.
A Systematic Approach to Addressing the Needs of Students
Click on any of the links below for more information on the eight components of Coordinated School Health: