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The healthy school environment component is one of the eight components in the Coordinated School Health Program model. It is designed to provide a safe physical , healthy, and supportive environment that promotes learning in children.


A school environment includes the physical and aesthetic surroundings as well as the psychosocial climate and culture of the school.

Factors that can impact the physical environment include:

  • the school building and surrounding areas
  • biological or chemical agents that hazardous to health
  • physical conditions such as noise, temperature, lighting, and aromas

The psychological environment includes the physical, emotional, and social conditions that affect the well-being of students and staff.



An important issue that is addressed within the Healthy School Environment Component of a Coordinated School Health program is violence prevention and intervention in urban and rural school settings.

An extensive two-year research project was conducted by Eastern Kentucky University, in partnership with three rural Kentucky high schools Schools to address violence prevention intervention. Results of this project indicate that the school taht implemented the intervention program did show significant decreases in students who are perpetrators of violence, compared to the two controls schools that did not implement violence intervention program. The EKU research team concluded that intervening at many levels was effective in improving the overall school climate, which resulted in decreased violent behaviors within the school.

The comparison of the student and staff data from the project described above, to the data of Milwaukee's students and parents is detailed in "A Violence Profile of Rural vs. Urban Schools" by Dr. Joy Renfro.

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To see the results of the actual intervention please visit www.vpp.eku.edu, then click "project design" and "research data".



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