Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services

Program Description

Target

Faculty, administrators and school health personnel in the 4,321 public and 1,141 non-public Illinois schools.

Eligibility Criteria 

None

Purpose

To equip school staff with the knowledge and skills to improve the health and well being of school-aged children statewide.

Services

School Health Days and Critical Issues Conferences are provided annually for school health personnel to address current health issues. Topics may include communicable diseases, immunization law, genetics, food allergy, Medicaid services, asthma management, mental health issues, physical activity/nutrition education, tobacco/substance abuse prevention and chronic health problems. In addition, 12 communities receive coordinated school health grants. A local health department in partnership with a school or school district administers these projects. The partners identify local health needs and implement projects to address identified needs using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 8 component Coordinated School Health Program model.

Delivery Method

Phone, e-mail, newsletters, website, manuals on school health topics (asthma, diabetes, medication administration, food allergy), and conferences.

Program Data

Program Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) $367.0 $367.0 $367.0
Number of Grantees 12 12 12
Number Served 14,757 18,542 21,539

Program Accomplishments

  • Approximately 350 school health personnel attended Spring 11 Critical Issues conferences which addressed emergency assessment and response.
  • Over 900 school health personnel attended Fall 2011 School Health Days which addressed physical examination and immunization requirements, substance abuse, risk behaviors related to sexual orientation and access to dental care.
  • Coordinated School Health grantees implemented the CATCH program to improve physical activity, nutrition and health education in local schools. The grantees conducted more than 58,500 prevention education encounters.