Every weekday, more than 50 million young people and 4 million teachers attend 125,000+ schools across our nation. Because of the size and accessibility of this population, school health programs are one of the most efficient means of shaping our nation's future health, education and social well-being.
The Michigan Model for Comprehensive School Health Education is the fastest growing school health education program in the nation. The Michigan Model was established in 1985 as a cooperative effort of seven state agencies: Public Health, Education, Mental Health, Social Services, Office of Highway Safety Planning, Michigan State Police and Substance Abuse Services. These agencies agreed to collaborate in providing an efficient delivery mechanism for key disease prevention and health promotion messages, including drug and violence prevention.
Today, the Michigan Model curriculum facilitates interdisciplinary learning through lessons that integrate comprehensive health education into other curricula, including language arts, social studies, science, math and art. Teacher training in the implementation of the Michigan Model ensures that students and their schools receive maximum benefits from this carefully structured program.