Vermont School Health

Vermont is unique in that coordination, collaboration, and integration at the statewide and local levels is on ongoing process. Together we are working to improve the health outcomes of school-aged children in Vermont.

In addition to the school health resources you will find throughout this Web site, providers of school health services can visit our Clinical, Preventive, and Wellness Resources for information about Coordinated School Health.

Coordination, Collaboration, and Integration

Vermont is unique in that coordination, collaboration, and integration at the statewide and local levels is on ongoing process.

At the statewide level, the Vermont Departments of Health, Education, Medicaid, and Children and Family Services work closely with the leadership of the Vermont Principals' Association, School Boards, and Superintendents Association, as well as the Vermont State School Nurses' Association, the Vermont Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, Area Health Education Center, and the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program.

To maximize the learning potential and the wellbeing of all children in Vermont, access to both health insurance and health care is critical. Assuring all children have access to a medical and dental home, as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a fundamental aspect of our work. Utilizing its recommendations and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's "Bright Futures" is a primary building block for assuring the wellness of all of Vermont's children.

Coordinated School Health

The Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Coordinated School Health model, and use of the CDC's School Health Index (SHI), are important parts in the foundation we have achieved with our partners listed above. The Index is a tool that schools are able to use for doing self-assessments of the programs, services, environment, and the health status of children in their schools.

Programs and Resources

Along the right side of this page you will see the list of programs and resources currently available and underway. At the State level, we are working to develop successful efforts which can be implemented throughout Vermont. At the local level, our Agency of Human Services - Vermont Department of Health (VDH) staff and health care professionals can assist local schools, providers, and communities with resources, or technical assistance.

This website seeks to provide evidence-based information, supporting resources, and current opportunities to help providers of school health services, meet the common goal of optimizing health outcomes for Vermont's children and adolescents.

Memorandum of Understanding on School Health Services Between the Vermont Departments of Health and Education

In June of 2009, the commissioners of the Vermont Departments of Health and Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding school health services.  This memorandum seeks to link, and to optimize the efficiency of the efforts of both departments concerning school health services. This MOU demonstrates the recognition of the vital role of school health services in the health outcomes of our school-aged children and adolescents in Vermont.

Contact Us

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the Vemont School Health webpage or its content, please e-mail: SchoolHealth@state.vt.us

For questions about statewide programs or policies administered at the local level, contact the Health Department District Office near you

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