• 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

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    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.

    Health Educators Network

    A no-cost, Alameda County system of support for health education. Connect with other educators to build your health education skill set and discuss how best to support students returning to school and in the post-pandemic recovery period.
    Dates: September 29, 2022, December 8, 2022, March 23, 2023, and May 18, 2023.  
    Time:  3:30 - 4:30 PM
    Link to Registration and Flyer

    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.
    Dates: 8/10/22, 9/20/22, 11/10/22, 1/19/23, 2/23/23, and 5/18/23.
    Time: 08:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Registration and Flyer for February 23, 2022.

    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.
    Access the training at lwyouthsummit.com/access-training 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, linked HERE.
    • To learn more about Naloxone, and how it can help to save lives, please watch the video below and visit the website linked HERE.

    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.

  • Healing Centered Engagement Certification Program

  • Dynamic Mindfulness

  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • Youth in Action

    6th Graders explore Environmental Justice and I580 Truck Ban

    The truck ban on I580 has been in place for decades - now communities, including 6th graders at Life Academy of Health and Bioscience, are questioning not only the health impacts but also the effects of racism, classism, and social equity associated with the implementation of this policy.  Read the KQED article.


    COVID Resources

    Vaccination Information

    Learn about the student vaccination mandate, locate Alameda County vaccination clinics, register for an appointment, and view recent press releases.  acoe.org/vaccine

    Alameda County Information on COVID-19

    Visit ACOE’s Website for local updates regarding school reopening, public health guidance, and community & family resources. COVID-19 Information & Resources

    Vaccination Education Classroom Materials

    The Orange County Department of Education’s Vaccination Education Website provides free materials linked to the CA Health Education Content Standards and Framework. Mini-lessons, activity sheets, and student information graphics are available for all grade bands

  • Contact Health Education Staff

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

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