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South Dakota no longer receives funds to support Coordinated School Health.
Administration of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the School Health Profiles is conducted by the South Dakota Department of Health in cooperation with the South Dakota Department of Education.

Coordinated School Health
Healthy Schools Project


Coordinated School Health in the SD Departments of Education and Health is funded by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to “Improve the Health and Educational Outcomes of Young People in South Dakota”.

The Healthy Schools Project will be implemented in Education Service Agencies 3 and 6, in order to increase the number of schools that implement effective policies, programs and practices related to CDC priority areas of physical activity and healthy eating, tobacco use, and HIV prevention.

This three-year project will focus on two key strategies to implement healthy school environments:

Strategy # 1
Building Healthy Schools through School Health Council Implementation Grants

Five school districts in each ESA region will be selected to receive grant funds (up to $15,000) and technical assistance to address school health policy, curriculum and instruction and other health promotion strategies.

Schools will implement a Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach, which consists of a school health council addressing eight interactive components. Schools that have implemented the CSH approach have reported results of improved school health policy, program and practices affecting students and staff.

Strategy 2:
Provide training opportunities and resources to all schools within ESA 3 and 6.

In this strategy, all schools within the region will have the opportunity to increase knowledge and skills in regard to the implementation of policies, curriculum & instruction, and other programmatic activities. The expectation is that if training events are offered through this regional approach, schools will have limited expenses and limited time away from the classroom. Follow up and technical assistance will be offered to all training participants.

For more information about this opportunity, contact the School Health Coordinator in your ESA Region:
ESA # 3 – Marilyn Forst
ESA # 6 – Anne Rathbun


Karen Keyser, Health and Physical Education Specialist, 605-773-6808