School Health Assessment
Assessing the efficacy of school-based government health programs in Jordan to provide measurable results and make recommendations for project improvements and areas of focus.
The Healthy Schools National Accreditation project was implemented in Jordan in 2008 as a collaborative work between the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Education (MOE) to promote healthy environments within Jordanian schools. The project is founded on the belief that healthy settings would reflect positively on students’ physical and social growth, as well as their academic performance. The project adheres to national health standards in which participating schools are trained and that are supervised to implement successfully.
The MOE has also implemented the “Think First” program, which is an interactive computerized project that has been operational in Jordan since 2009. The project aims to integrate injury prevention measures in the daily lives of children within Jordanian schools, and is designed to help children practice the necessary safety habits to minimize their risks of sustaining a brain or spinal cord injury over their lifetime. The interactive curriculum combines community resources, technology, arts, and direct experience, and covers the areas of brain and spinal cord injury, vehicular and pedestrian safety, choking and suffocation hazards, safety around weapons, environmental safety, and first aid. Additionally, it focuses on developing problem solving and critical thinking skills to help students make safer decisions. The long-term impact of this program aims to achieve safer behavior that will help prevent injuries in society.
The Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET) is working with the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) to assess these programs using pre- and post-surveys. The pre-survey was conducted in 2012, and the results of the post-survey were published in the May 2014 report, “School Health Assessment.”
Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS). Healthy Schools National Accreditation.
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The Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) partnered with the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET) to conduct an assessment survey of both the Healthy Schools National Accreditation and Think First programs, implemented in Jordanian schools by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Education (MOE). EMPHNET and RHAS conducted this survey two years after the 2012 baseline survey in order to assess the status of health in schools as a result of these programs.
The standards for the Healthy Schools National Accreditation project were developed by a specialized committee from United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), the Communication Partnership for family Health, the MOH, and the MOE, and they assess management and leadership; levels of safe, clean, and healthy school environments; health education and services; staff and community participation; social and psychological support; diet; physical activity; and swimming pool facilities.
The Think First program has been implemented in cooperation with Palestine Hospital, which tailored the Think First International into a Jordan-specific edition with curricula to cover kindergarten through seventh grade.