Partnership is one of the most important aspects of Comprehensive School Health. To maximize the benefits, all members of the school community work together to make the school the best possible place to learn, work and play.
In addition to students, families, educators and school staff, partners in creating a healthy school may include any or all of the following:
- health promotion specialists;
- public health nurses;
- dietitians and community nutritionist;
- staff from local parks or recreation facilities;
- local businesses (e.g., donating sports equipment or sponsoring activities);
- local interest groups (e.g., garden club, chess club); and
- other community service providers that support and promote student and staff health and well-being.
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2Stewart-Brown, S. (2006). What is the evidence on school health promotion in improving health or preventing disease and specifically what is the effectiveness of the health promoting schools approach? Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe. (Health Evidence Network report; http://www.euro.who.int/document/e88185.pdf, accessed Feb. 26, 2011).
3Epstein, Joyce and others. (2008). School, Family and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.