Academic journal article Journal of School Health

A Changing View of Schools

Academic journal article Journal of School Health

A Changing View of Schools

Article excerpt

Ten years ago, the American Cancer Society realized that if we, as an organization, were truly serious about eliminating cancer in this country, we must do more to advance the comprehensive school health education agenda. That realization created a catalyst for profound changes within the organization that shaped a very different approach to youth health than we endorsed in the first 80 years of our history.

First, to promote this agenda, we listened intently to the needs of schools. We listened to the need for community involvement, for collaboration among all of us with materials and curricula that address "our area" and "our issue," and the need to understand and support the schools' educational mission.

Second, we embraced the importance of building relationships with schools. We considered how our organizational strengths could best support the ability of people who touch children daily--their teachers, school administrators, and parents--to implement state-of-the-art, in-school health programming.

Third, the agenda for comprehensive school health education required us to think about the full educational and school health system. We no longer operate with a piece of the picture, viewing our issues as the most central. …

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