Health Promoting Schools is a World Health Organisation [WHO] initiative supported by a national leadership and co-ordination service. Health promoting schools is based on the principles of the Ottawa Charter for health promotion, the Te Whare Tapa Wha model for well-being, and the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. It has a strength based approach focusing on schools as integral parts of their communities, and offers a process and framework that identifies and removes barriers to learning.
Health Promoting Schools is an evidence based approach to link health and education, and aims to improve student educational achievements, as well as their health and well-being.
Northland District Health Board implemented Health Promoting Schools as a pilot across Northland in 1997, and continues to champion its’ integral role in our schools and communities.
The health promoting schools process and framework has been instrumental in supporting change in Northland by engaging school communities to find their own solutions through partnerships with the school, health and social services.
Alternatively, contact Northland DHB on 09-430 4100 and ask to be transferred to the relevant facilitator.