The Michigan Model for Health™ Program is nationally recognized as an evidenced-based health curriculum and has been a part of many research projects over the past 20 years.

Students who received the Michigan Model for Health™ have:

  • Better interpersonal communication skills
  • Stronger social/emotional skills
  • Less reported aggression
  • Improved safety skills
  • Stronger drug refusal skills
  • Less reported alcohol and tobacco use
  • Better self-management skills
  • Improved pro-safety and physical activity skills
  • Enhanced knowledge and skills in physical activity and nutrition

MMH Program Recognitions


The Michigan Model for HealthTM is approved as an effective Social and Emotional Learning Program by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, Emotional Learning (CASEL). CASEL is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). The Michigan Model for HealthTM is included in the CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs which provides a systematic framework for evaluating the quality of classroom-based SEL programs. It uses this framework to rate and identify well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools across the United States.

CASEL SELect Program 

The Michigan Model for HealthTM elementary curriculum is a CASEL SELect Program approved for Grades K-6. The evaluation supported evidence of program effectiveness with the outcome of increased positive social behavior, reduced conduct problems, and substance abuse prevention. As a CASEL SELect Program, the Michigan Model for HealthTM meets the following program full research criteria:

  • Well-designed classroom-based programs that systematically promote students’ social and emotional competence, provide opportunities for practice, and offer multi-year programming.
  • Deliver high-quality training and other implementation supports, including initial training and ongoing support to ensure sound implementation.
  • Evidence-based with at least one carefully conducted evaluation that documents positive impacts on student behavior and/or academic performance.

CASEL Promising Program 

The Michigan Model for HealthTM middle school curriculum is a CASEL Promising Program approved for Grades 7-8. The evaluation supported program effectiveness and found that compared to students in the comparison group students who participated in the program reported lower frequencies of using drugs and alcohol at post-test. As a CASEL Promising Program, the Michigan Model for HealthTM meets the following program design criteria:

  • Shows a positive impact favoring the intervention group on a nonbehavioral outcome such as attitudes (e.g., feelings of connectedness to school) or a specific social or emotional skill (e.g., emotion recognition or decision-making).
  • Includes a significant outcome that favors the comparison group on an outcome that is substantively important to the program’s theory but the program has an additional qualifying evaluation with an independent sample that demonstrates positive effects.

SHAPEAmerica-Corporate-cmyk-FEB2015.pngThe Michigan Model for HealthTM Pre-K through 12th grade curriculum meets the National Health Education Standards (NHES) by aligning the health education knowledge and skills needed at each grade level.  The Michigan Model for HealthTM program includes a complete NHES crosswalk of lessons and objectives for all health topics and across all grades. The NHES provides a framework for teachers, administrators, and policy makers in designing or selecting curricula, allocating instructional resources, and assessing student achievement and progress. The NHES are written expectations for what students should know and be able to do by certain grade levels to promote personal, family, and community health. SHAPE America is a proud member of the coalition that developed the NHES and holds all rights to the NHES, including all revisions and/or derivatives.


Michigan Department of Education logoThe Michigan Model for HealthTM Pre-K through 12th grade curriculum meets the Michigan Health Education Standards. The Health Education Standards reflect legal requirements, best practices, and current research in the teaching and learning of health education.  These standards were developed with the input of work groups made up of elementary and high school health teachers, health content experts, faculty from teacher preparation programs, and public comment feedback and online reviews by grade level teachers. They are aligned with the 2007 National Health Education Standards. Students whose work is guided by these standards will be prepared for responsible and healthful living, at school, at home, and in the workplace. For questions regarding the Michigan Health Education Standards, contact Scott Martin, School District Consultant, at MartinS27@michigan.gov.


school health and american school health association logoThe Journal of School Health (JOSH), provided by the American School Health Association (ASHA), contains articles on school health practice, theory, and research related to the health and well-being of school-aged youth.  View the following Michigan Model for Health™ JOSH research articles:
 


US Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention LogoThe Michigan Model for Health™ Addresses All Major Health Risk Behaviors As Identified by CDC. The U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies risk behavior areas that have the greatest effect on the short-term and long-term health of young people.  They include: Injuries and Violence; Tobacco Use; Alcohol and Other Drug Use; Sexual Behaviors That Contribute to Unintended Pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Infections; Unhealthy Food Choices; and Physical Inactivity.  For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov.


rhi-hub logoThe Michigan Model for Health™ is based on the Health Belief Model which is one of the most widely adapted models for understanding health behavior change. View the Rural Health Information Hub’s Evidence-based Rural Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Toolkit.


crime solutions logoThe National Institute of Justice recognizes the Michigan Model for Health™ as a Reliable and Evidence-based Program.  CrimeSolutions.gov is an online clearinghouse that performs rigorous evaluations and meta-analyses to assess the strength of the evidence about whether programs achieve criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services outcomes in order to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works, what doesn't, and what's promising. View the Michigan Model for Health™ CrimeSolutions.gov program listing.


Substance Abuse and mental health Services Administration logoThe U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recognizes the Michigan Model for Health™ as an Evidence-based Program. A two-year, two-State evaluation study proves the Michigan Model for Health™ works. The study design and outcomes met the rigorous standards used by the U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which recognizes the Michigan Model for Health as an Evidence-Based Program and Practice. For more information, visit https://www.samhsa.gov.