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Health Education

For teachers, administrators, nurses, social workers, and wellness staff interested in providing more comprehensive health education programming in our schools.

Health Education

For teachers, administrators, nurses, social workers, and wellness staff interested in providing more comprehensive health education programming in our schools.

Table of Contents

  1. Health Education
  2. Youth Mental Health
  3. Fentanyl
  4. Models & Frameworks for Student Health & Wellness
  5. Wellness Organizations
  6. Youth in Action
  7. COVID Resources

Health Education

ca health ed framework

California Health Education Framework

The Health Education Framework provides guidance and resources to help educators shift to more advanced student-centered, skill-based teaching and learning practices.  It covers the six health content areas and eight health literacy standards. For more information, visit this link

Health Education Framework Professional Learning Opportunities

A series of online professional learning modules is available on the CA Health Education website. Each session will highlight the intersections between the content areas and social and emotional learning. 

Module 1  Provides an overview of the overarching framework guidance and implementation resources to support educators.   
Module 2  Focuses on the content areas of Nutrition & Physical Activity and Mental, Emotional, & Social Health.
Module 3  Focuses on the content areas of Growth, Development, & Sexual Health and Injury Prevention & Safety.  
Module 4  Focuses on the content areas of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drugs and Personal & Community Health.


Youth Mental Health

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Virtual Training

The YMHFA course teaches adults who regularly interact with young people how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Completion of 2 hours of online pre-work prior to the class is required.  The six-hour course is free, and participants earn a certificate upon completion of the pre-work, instructor-led training, and post-ILT survey.
Contact Debbie Jelincic,, to schedule a training for your district.

Suicide Prevention & Awareness

LivingWorks Start is a free, 90-minute, online training program for students (13 years and older) and staff who  would like to learn life-saving skills and how to recognize signs and symptoms of someone who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, isolation, and even thoughts of suicide. Learn how to support friends, classmates, and family and help keep them safe.
To access the training, visit this link and use the code “Alameda” or text “start” to (888) 707-0780.


Fentanyl Overdoses Can Affect Anyone 

For the first time in United States History, there were over 100,000 overdose deaths in a 12-month period. Fentanyl is increasingly responsible for the growing number of accidental overdoses.  Currently, over 60% of drug overdoses involve fentanyl.  To learn more about fentanyl and resources to combat accidental overdoses, such as Naloxone, please check out our partners, linked below:

  • To learn more about fentanyl, please visit the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse web site, visit this link.
  • To learn more about Naloxone, and how it can help to save lives, please watch the video below and visit this link.

Fentanyl and Opioid Overdose Prevention Resources


In addition to the concerning trends related to fentanyl, brightly-colored fentanyl (referred to as rainbow fentanyl) has been identified as a new trend, according to the Unites States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).  Rainbow fentanyl can be found in many forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that can resemble sidewalk chalk or candy.


Models & Frameworks for Student Health & Wellness

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The WSCC Model

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child, or WSCC model, is CDC’s framework for addressing health in schools.   The WSCC model is student-centered and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices. 

The WSCC model has 10 components:

  1. Physical education and physical activity.
  2. Nutrition environment and services.
  3. Health education.
  4. Social and emotional climate.
  5. Physical environment.
  6. Health services.
  7. Counseling, psychological, social services.
  8. Employee wellness.
  9. Community involvement.
  10. Family engagement.

CASEL’s Framework for Social & Emotional Learning

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students. For SEL to be most effective, it is essential that states, regions, districts, and schools infuse the principles of SEL across curriculum and instruction, discipline, out-of-school time, and ongoing assessment for continuous improvement.  Here is CASEL’s Theory of Action for Effective Implementation of SEL.

More information: CASEL’s SEL  Framework

CA School Wellness Policy Template

California School Boards Association’s Sample Board Policy for Student Wellness (5030)

Wellness Organizations & Resources

NOTE: ACOE does not endorse service providers. These are examples of accessible resources provided for reference purposes only.

Contact Us

Debbie JelincicDebbie Jelincic
Program Manager, Health & Wellness
(510) 670-4156