A Comprehensive Approach to School Health Program Needs Assessments

Jo Anne Grunbaum, Phyllis Gingiss, Pamela Orpinas, Lyn Steffen Batey, Guy S. Parcel

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ABSTRACT: An assessment of health promotion needs represents a fundamental step for developing comprehensive school health programs. This project developed and tested an approach for school districts to use when conducting a district‐wide needs assessment of school health programs. The approach assumes a needs assessment should be multidimensional and comprehensive. Seven priority health‐related behaviors were included as well as eight components of a school health program identified by Kolbe. This paper describes each aspect of the needs assessment, discusses the importance of perspectives provided by each component, and provides recommendations for districts interested in conducting an assessment. 1995 American School Health Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of School Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1995


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