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WISHeS: Wisconsin Improving School Health Services Project


WPHA and a number of key organizations across the state are actively addressing gaps in Wisconsin’s school health services system. The current project, originally titled Developing a School Health Services Assessment Tool and Related Resources and now titled Wisconsin Improving School Health Services (WISHeS), focuses on building school staff competency and increasing the capacity of Wisconsin’s school health services system.

The project is important because poor child health negatively impacts school learning and academic achievement. Children who experience poor health have significantly poorer adult outcomes, such as lower education attainment, adverse health conditions, and lower social status. How we support our children now will affect the future health of the state’s economy, communities, and population. Improving school health services is an important population health issue essential to improving our children’s health. The vision of Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 is Everyone Living Better, Longer. School health services can assist Wisconsin in achieving the Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 goals of "improving health across the life span, and eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity.”

This 5-year project began in 2011. It was funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program, a component of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The current project builds on a 2007-08 project, Determining the Status of Wisconsin School Health Services. Core partners on the project include:

An Executive Summary of the project can be found here.

There are two primary components to this project: assessment and resource development.

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