The School Health Liaison Program is a program of the Pinal County Public Health Services District and has been made possible by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors’ approval of the creation of a Public Health District. The program is funded by the Public Health District and the ADHS Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease. The goals of the program are to:
Improve the efficiency and span of Public Health services available to Pinal County residents, specifically school-aged children and their families;
Help school districts maintain optimal health and safety conditions for students; and
Provide a reliable “point person” for school administrators to obtain available services to meet their site’s public health needs.
A unique aspect of the School Health Liaison Program is that school staff determine health education priorities based upon the Public Health needs of their school. In addition to services that are offered universally, such as health articles for parent newsletters, links to Public Health programs, and information about communicable diseases, the Program tailors Public Health education to meet the needs of the school. As the graph below indicates, hygiene as a disease preventative measure was a high priority among most schools.
“I would define this partnership as a success. The program creates
opportunities for dialogue with students on a number of important issues
that will help them to be better citizens in their community!”
-Administrator, JO Combs Middle School
“The Public Health staff Liaison was excellent to work with this year.
We communicated often through email and phone. The direct service to
students was outstanding. She has a positive rapport with
students and very high energy.”
-Administrator, Ranch Elementary School