School Health Advisory Councils 101
What is the purpose of this tool?
This Facts & Tips Sheet introduces the concept of a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), including what a SHAC is, what a SHAC does, and member roles in a SHAC; it also outlines how to contact SHAC coordinators and how to participate in a SHAC. This information is especially useful for people who are interested in participating in policy deliberations about school health issues, including sex education, but are not already active in the local SHAC. There are three different fact sheets.
Who should receive this tool?
This document may be printed and distributed to district parents, students, community members, and district personnel (teachers, curriculum coordinators) who may be interested in participating in their district’s school health advisory council.
Special acknowledgements in compiling this information:
- Sue Beatty, City of El Paso, Department of Public Health, and Texas School Health Advisory Committee member;
- Bob Conlon, PhD, Director of Student Support Services, Ft. Bend Independent School District, and Texas School Health Advisory Committee past chair;
- Kelly Reed-Hirsch, MPH, CHES, Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services, and Texas School Health Advisory Committee member;
- Jill Stover, Texas School Health Advisory Committee member;
- Jane Tustin, MSN, RN, FNASN, School Health Consultant, and Texas School Health Advisory Committee past chair