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About Coordinated School Health
Additional Pages:
Niswonger Children's Hospital Virtual Health Clinic
8 Components of CSH
Color Blindness Information for Parents
Cover Kids Health Insurance Information
CSH Flyer
CSH Video
General Health Related Resources
Hawkins County Schools Emergency Response Plan
Hawkins County Schools Wellness Plan
Kid Central Tennessee Website
PEP Grant
Resources for Students in Need of Glasses
Tennessee Safe and Supportive Schools
The Importance of Breakfast for Kids


The Challenge:

The physical, social and emotional health of students can support or hinder their academic success and their prospects for a productive and healthy life. State and national data reveal that many Tennessee students engage in unhealthy behaviors that are detrimental to both their health and academic success. Additionally, data indicate that school environments may not be as supportive as they could be of students’ health. Yet, in spite of these and other challenges, Tennessee schools can have a powerful influence on improving students’ well-being and readiness to learn.

Our Mission:

The mission of Coordinated School Health is to improve students’ health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities and schools.

CSH Model:

The CDC’s Coordinated School Health (CSH) model is a systematic approach that ensures that a school community effectively links health with educational success. Although these components are listed separately, it is their composite that allows CSH to have significant impact. CSH is implemented in a way that fits the unique
needs and resources of each school community. The eight components of CSH are:

  • Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Student, Family/Community Involvement
  • Health Services
  • Nutrition Services
  • Healthy School Environment
  • Counseling, Psychological and Social Services
  • Health Promotion for Staff


1.    Establish and maintain state and local partnerships necessary to implement the CSH model statewide.

2.    Create awareness about the importance of students’ health and wellness to their academic success and prospects for future work.

3.    Maximize the ability of each school community to adopt and implement the CSH model by providing resources, materials and technical assistance to meet the needs of that school community.

4.    Promote a healthy school environment in all Tennessee school communities.

5.    Provide annual evaluation and needs assessment for monitoring CSH in each school community.

CSH Outcomes:

  • Increased the number of students who received screening to include
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) and blood pressure
  • Reduced Absenteeism
  • Improved nurse-to-student ratios resulting in increased class time
  • Increased access to health care services
  • Increased health education

Our Approach

We believe:

  • Adults and students in a school community can take action to protect and enhance students’ health by providing a healthy school environment and using effective health education strategies.
  • It is vital to take a dual approach to students’ health by reducing students’ risky behaviors and increasing students’ capacity to effectively deal with current and future health challenges.
  • It is important to help students acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health and reduce risky behaviors.

Successful Strategies:

  • Create awareness of how health impacts academic outcomes.
  • Understand that health has three interconnected components – physical, social and emotional.
  • Keep in mind that students’ health is influenced on three different fronts – school, family and community.
  • Take a comprehensive approach to the health education of students.
  • Work with school communities to take a systems change approach that emphasizes parent involvement, healthy school environments, community partnerships, and students’ connectedness to school.


It is the policy of the Hawkins County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.