Centers for Disease Control Approach to Coordinated
School Health Initiative

The Office of Healthy Schools is involved in several new and ongoing initiatives that support the goals of the State Superintendent of Education. Each of these programs serves to assist and enhance the services and support provided local school districts in making the connection between good student health and high academic achievement. For more information on each initiative, contact the Office of Healthy Schools at 601-359-1737.

The Office of Healthy Schools at the Mississippi Department of Education has teamed up with the Bureau of School Health at the Mississippi State Department of Health in order to make a difference in the lifelong health of middle and high school students across the state. By creating the Centers for Disease Control Coordinated Approach to School Health Initiative, these departments are not only offering the needed support and resources to implement the programs, but are also providing professional development and technical assistance to school districts in high-disparity areas seeking to increase students' lifelong learning of healthy behaviors. The agencies will continue to work together as the program grows in order to monitor health-related behaviors among youth and assess the effectiveness of the school policies and programs that have been put into practice. 

Focus areas of the project are: 

  • Coordinated School Health Programs
  • Physical Activity Programs
  • Nutrition Programs
  • Tobacco Policy and Cessation Services
  • HIV, STD and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Policies and Education
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS)
  • School Health Profiles
Professional development, resources, and trainings for these subject areas are provided annually, and technical assistance is available to anyone in Mississippi. There are also three assessment tools that are recommended by the CDC that provide excellent resources for schools and teachers implementing coordinated school health:
Professional development for these tools is provided by the CSHP on several occasions throughout the year. School teachers, administrators, staff, etc. are all invited to attend and receive CEU's and SEMI credits.

For questions or needed assistance, please call one of the following staff who will be happy to assist you:

Amanda Williams | alwilliams@mde.k12.ms.us
CSHP DIRECTOR
OFFICE OF HEALTHY SCHOOLS, MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Phone: 601-359-1813, Fax: 601-576-1417

Mary Ann Simpkins | msimpkins@mde.k12.ms.us
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, NUTRITION AND TOBACCO COORDINATOR
OFFICE OF HEALTHY SCHOOLS, MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Phone: 601-359-1814, Fax: 601-576-1417

Shalonda Matthews | scmatthews@mde.k12.ms.us
HIV EDUCATION SPECIALIST
OFFICE OF HEALTHY SCHOOLS, MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Phone: 601-359-1737, Fax: 601-576-1417

Stephanie Robinson | snrobinson@mde.k12.ms.us
YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEILLANCE COORDINATOR
OFFICE OF HEALTHY SCHOOLS, MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Phone: 601-359-1737, Fax: 601-576-1417

Jodi Rankin | jodi.rankin@msdh.state.ms.us
BUREAU DIRECTOR
COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL HEALTH, MISSISSIPPI STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Phone: 601- 576-7781, Fax: 601-576-7444

Tiffani Grant | tiffani.grant@msdh.state.ms.us
PROGRAM MANAGER
COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL HEALTH, MISSISSIPPI STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Phone: 601-576-7781, Fax: 601-576-7444

Candice Green | candice.green@msdh.state.ms.us
YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEILLANCE
MISSISSIPPI STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Phone: 601- 576-7781, Fax: 601-576-7444


Office of Healthy Schools     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-1737     Fax: (601) 576-1417
 

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