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Anaphylaxis and Schools: Developing Policies for Treating Students with Severe Allergic Reactions

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Colorado Department of Education (CDE)

  • Colorado Green Ribbon Schools
    • Green Ribbon Schools sets a standard of excellence for all schools to become energy efficient and healthy learning spaces that provide environmental education. National studies and existing green schools programs indicate that the benefits of the Green Ribbon Schools program will include increased energy cost savings, improved student and staff health and productivity, enhanced critical thinking skills, improved student performance, reduced behavioral problems and increased student engagement, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
  • Healthy Schools
    • CDE provides state and federal funding, training, and technical assistance to schools to prevent risk behavior, serve at-risk students and their families, and promote positive health and behavior.
    • Colorado Coalition for Healthy Schools 
      • The Colorado Coalition for Healthy Schools supports statewide infrastructure and systems to promote healthy schools through policy, surveillance and partnerships. The Coalition is managed through an interagency partnership between the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
    • Healthy School Champions Score Card
      • How healthy is your school? How successful are your students? The Score Card will measure best practices in the eight Coordinated School Health components, providing a score for each area. You’ll know where you’re doing well, and where you can improve.

Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF)

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

Colorado Education Initiative

  • The Colorado Education Initiative is an independent non-profit that collaborates with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), schools and districts across the state to accelerate achievement for all Colorado students.
  • Health and Wellness

Colorado Kids First Campaign

Do Health and Education Agencies in the United States Share Responsibility for Academic Achievement and Health? A Review of 25 Years of Evidence About the Relationship of Adolescents’ Academic Achievement and Health Behaviors

  • Published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, January 2013
  • The study found that 96.6% of studies reported statistically significant inverse relationships between health risk behaviors and academic achievement. Health risk behaviors included violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors contributing to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, inadequate physical activity and unhealthy dietary behaviors. The study highlights the importance of leaders in education and health working together to make wise investments in our nation’s school-aged youth that will benefit the entire population.
  • Easy to Read Summary published by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado

  • Seizure Smart Schools
  • Look here for information for the whole school community about addressing the needs of students with epilepsy. You can also request a no-cost training at your school. Topics include general epilepsy and seizure awareness, seizure first aid, and acceptance of people who experience seizures.
  • Training materials are available for school nurses, school staff, students, and first responders.

Facing Barriers: Experiences of LGBT People of Color in Colorado

  • Published by One Colorado in October 2013.
  • This report, which was developed by analyzing data from prior studies of LGBT Coloradans, shows in very clear ways the overwhelming challenges that LGBT people of color face in fulfilling life’s opportunities – with a greater chance of meeting bias and victimization at every turn.

First Aid for Choking

  • Steps provided by the Mayo Clinic on how to respond to someone who is choking on an object lodged in their windpipe.

Food Allergy Book: What School Employees Need to Know  | en Español

  • Published in 2012 by the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA NIH).
  • This booklet is designed to educate all school employees about food allergies and how they can help to prevent and respond to food allergic reactions in schools. The booklet is free, offered in English and Spanish, and is available in print and online. This booklet will give you information on what to do when a student is having a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction and will explain how you can help prevent reactions in your school.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


Food Safety for Schools

Health and PE Standards for Colorado Schools

Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    • This support tool helps providers make physical activity and healthy eating recommendations to adolescent girls and young women based on their answers to the “Getting Started” questionnaire in the guide My Bright Future: Physical Activity and Health Eating for Adolescent Girls and Young Women.
    • This booklet, published in February 2013, helps adolescent girls and young women learn about physical activity and healthy eating. It uses questionnaires to help assess current level of healthy eating and exercise, and provides tools for setting the right goals and making healthy choices. It includes tips for communicating with health care providers and links to Web sites for additional information.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools

Linking Kids to Health Coverage and Health Care: A Toolkit for School-Based Health Center Outreach and Enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Medicaid and CHP+ Outreach and Enrollment Toolkit for Schools

  • The Colorado Covering Kids and Families (CKF) staff assembled these resources for Colorado schools interested in starting or expanding outreach and enrollment efforts for Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+).

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)

  • An office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults. First funded in 2010, OAH supports and evaluates evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs and implements the Pregnancy Assistance Fund; coordinates HHS efforts related to adolescent health promotion and disease prevention; and communicates adolescent health information to health professionals and groups, those who serve youth, parents, grantees, and the general public. OAH is the convener and catalyst for the development of a national adolescent health agenda.
  • Building Sustainable Programs: The Framework
  • Physical Health and Nutrition
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Evidence-Based Programs Database
    • This is a searchable database of the program models on the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) List of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Models (which is a listing of programs with impacts on teen pregnancies or births, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or sexual activity).  You can use this database to find programs that work for certain target populations, settings, ages, and more.

Pertussis Information (Whooping Cough)

Planning for the Expected: Infectious Diseases and All-Hazards Planning  

  • In this document, you will be provided with information on infectious diseases as well as information for building or improving your district's or school's capacity to support the school community in the event of a pandemic. The document starts by covering general considerations for incorporating infectious disease and a potential pandemic into school emergency planning efforts, including prevention and mitigation activities. Next the document addresses how you can prepare for, respond to, and recover from infectious disease events.

Preparing for the Flu: Department of Education Recommendations to Ensure the Continuity of Learning for Schools (K-12) During Extended Student Absence or School Dismissal  

  • Published by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009, this document provides guidance for schools to prepare for continuity of learning during a flu outbreak.

Safe at School and Ready to Learn: A Comprehensive Policy Guide for Protecting Students with Life-Threatening Food Allergies

  • Released by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • This guide is designed to help school leaders and schools establish comprehensive policies and practices that support the safety, well-being, and academic success of students with life-threatening food allergies. The publication focuses on the need for schools to partner with families and healthcare providers in identifying and preparing management plans for students with food allergies. Further, it provides information on following medication protocols; using a coordinated system to prevent and respond to food allergy-related emergencies across the school environment; communicating with and educating parents, students, and school personnel; and monitoring and evaluating policies and practices.
  • National School Boards Association Food Allergy Site

School Employee Wellness

  • Created by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education, this site seeks to help schools, school districts and states develop and support the implementation of school employee wellness programs that promote employee health, improve workforce productivity and reduce the costs of employee absenteeism and healthcare.

School EOPS In Depth: Developing a Food Contamination Annex

  • This course has been designed to help you learn how to incorporate food safety planning into a school emergency operations plan (EOP).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Youth Sexual Health in Colorado: A Call to Action

  •  Published by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in 2012 as part of the Colorado 9to25 youth health initiative.
  • The Call to Action addresses youth, defined here as ages 9-24, families and communities across the state of Colorado and provides strategies for communities to improve the health of young people by:
    1. decreasing rates of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV;
    2. decreasing the rates of unintended teen pregnancy;
    3. decreasing the incidence of sexual assault and dating violence; and
    4. increasing participation by youth in educational and career opportunities.
  • CO9to25 Youth Sexual Health web page


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