Strengthening School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs)
February 21, 2023
Members of six El Paso school districts participated in an interactive workshop supported by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to strengthen School Health Advisory Councils (SHAC). SHACs assist the school districts in ensuring that local community values are reflected in health education instruction. Additionally, SHACs play a significant role in strengthening the connection between health and learning. They help parents and community stakeholders reinforce the knowledge and skills children need to stay healthy. The Health Foundation invests in SHACs because of their potential to influence health and wellness in schools.
Facilitators, Michelle Smith, Senior Field Manager at Action for Healthy Kids, and Alice Kirk, Child Health Specialist, Texas A&M University-Texas AgriLife Extension, conducted a variety of interactive activities to identify the purpose of SHAC’s, how to build a successful SHAC, and establishing priorities to create change to improve students’ health.
Parents, community organizations and school district staff make up SHAC committees and are state mandated to discuss health policy and suggest their ideas to school board districts.
If parents have concerns about health-related practices in their children’s school, SHAC is the best place to advocate for change.
To learn more about SHAC and their advocacy for student health visit: http://bit.ly/3KgbMEn
PDNHF Priority Area: Healthy Living
PDNHF Initiative: Healthy Eating
Foundation Staff: Jana Renner
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