School Health Index (SHI): A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide


School Health Index (SHI): A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide


The School Health Index (SHI) is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It is structured around the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eight-component model of a coordinated school health program. The assessment tools are available in interactive online versions or as printable PDF files.

This Web site provides the following information:

  • Introduction: What can the SHI do for my school?
    • Why use the SHI?
    • SHI modules
      • School health and safety policies and environment
      • Health education
      • Physical education and other physical activity programs
      • Nutrition services
      • Health services
      • Counseling, psychological, and social services
      • Health promotion for staff
      • Family and community involvement
    • Resources
    • Health topics
    • Scorecards
  • Instructions: How can my school implement the SHI?
    • Methods of using the SHI
    • Step-by-step instructions
      • Review modules
      • Assemble team
      • Identify a team coordinator
      • Meet with team
      • Complete modules
      • Complete overall score card
      • Review score card and improvement plan


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Division of Adolescent and School Health; Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity; Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention; Division of Violence Prevention; National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; Office on Smoking and Health

Funding Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Robert W. Woodruff Foundation


Release Date: 2006
Original Summary: March 2007
Last Updated: 05/19/08

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