The Health Promoting School: Developing Indicators and an Evaluation Framework (2009)

The term Health Promoting School (HPS) refers to the idea that a school can promote both the health and the learning needs of its students. The goal of this study was to establish indicators of student health and wellbeing associated with school policies and practices, and to further the understanding of the HPS through quantitative and qualitative analysis.

The authors looked at data from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study conducted in Canada in 2006 to examine the relationship between adolescent health and a wide range of determinants. As well, they looked closely at two schools in Ontario to see the organizational and structural elements within these schools that appear to be essential for achieving HPS designation.

The study established an association between the self-rated health of students and their academic achievement. Findings also suggest that there are overlapping effects of schools and neighbourhoods on students’ health and wellbeing, implying that school health promotion efforts will be more successful when partnered with efforts within neighbourhoods and communities.

The authors point to a number of key areas that need to be addressed when implementing HPS initiatives, including incorporating HPS initiatives into school improvement plans at the policy level; aligning and coordinating the HPS strategy with other ministry of education strategies; establishing well-defined health-education partnerships; setting up central support mechanisms to build capacity within communities; and allocating fiscal and human resources to support a long-term HPS strategy.

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2014-05-07
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Hana Saab, Don Klinger and Lyn Shulha. The Health Promoting School: Developing Indicators and an Evaluation Framework 2009. Web. 2 Dec. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/health_promoting/health_promoting.pdf>
Hana Saab, Don Klinger & Lyn Shulha (2009). The Health Promoting School: Developing Indicators and an Evaluation Framework. Retrieved December 2, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/health_promoting/health_promoting.pdf
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