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School health committees: Perceptions of public health staff
by MacDougall, Carol A., M.A., University of Toronto (Canada), 2004, 126; MQ91427
Abstract (Summary)

The school health promotion models “Comprehensive or Coordinated School Health Program”, “Comprehensive School Health”, and “Health Promoting Schools” emphasize the need for collaboration of all school stakeholders—students, teachers, administration, parents, and relevant local community partners—in addressing the priority health issues affecting a school community, to optimize learning. The establishment of school health committees is recommended, as these structures enable this collaboration to occur.

The purpose of this study is to learn from key public health informants about the factors they report as contributing to sustainable school health committees. Semi-structured interviews with four public health nurses and a health promoter working with 35 school health committees in Ontario reveal findings under the themes of student voice, flexibility, power, collaboration, and sustainability. The findings are consistent with Community Coalition Action Theory and will be of value to health units, school boards, and schools as they consider implementing school health committees.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anderson, Andy
School: University of Toronto (Canada)
School Location: Canada
Source: MAI 42/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Health education, Public health
Publication Number: MQ91427
ISBN: 978-0-612-91427-8
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