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

casel logo Educating Hearts. Inspiring Minds.The Michigan Model for HealthTM is among 26 programs identified across the U.S. as an effective Social and Emotional Learning Program by Collaborative for Academic, Social, Emotional Learning (CASEL). The mission of CASEL is to establish social and emotional learning as an essential part of education. CASEL provides a systematic framework for evaluating the quality of classroom-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs and produces a guide which identifies well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs. View Michigan Model for Health™ CASEL SELect program listing.

crime solutions logoThe National Institute of Justice recognizes the Michigan Model for Health™ as a Reliable and Evidence-based Program. 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™ program listing.

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

Michigan Department of Education logoThe Michigan Model for Health™ 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

Center on Great Teachers and Leaders logoMichigan Model for Health™ is a foundation Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Resource in Michigan’s Comprehensive SEL Approach. View article on the Center on Great Teachers & Leaders at American Institutes for Research website: “Michigan: Connecting SEL to School Improvement and Academic Standards

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:

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.

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