MMH Through the Years - Program Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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The Michigan Model for Health Program is honored to celebrate our 40th year of classroom implementation and presenting positive health behavior skills to students.

From our humble beginnings in 1980 that included an initial vision to develop a statewide comprehensive health education program to four decades later offering proven evidence-based strategies and K-12 health content in over 38 states nationwide, the MMH Program has come far with continuing to lead the way in positive health outcomes for students, families, and communities.

We would like to thank our MMH teachers and school health coordinators, consultants and counselors for being a continued and integral part of our journey!

MMH Outreach by the Numbers

40 years expertise

Evidence-based PreK-12 health education experience

38+ states nationwide

Relied on and meets national health education standards

243,000+ teachers

Trusted by teachers to meet health education needs

8.4+ million students

Skills-based learning resulting in positive health outcomes


MMH Milestones


  • Task force formed to develop a vision and a plan for statewide comprehensive school health curriculum
  • State Steering Committee established
  • Michigan Model for Comprehensive School Health Education (MM) K-12 health curriculum developed and published
  • Michigan Model School Health Coordinators’ Association established
  • Evaluation study conducted by the University of Michigan for MM Grade 7 Substance Abuse Lessons with results showing that MM helped reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by students.
  • MM received Top Twenty Prevention Programs Award as an Exemplary Program to Prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Problems from National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and National Prevention Network
  • 387 districts implemented MM

MMH receives award for 
Exemplary Program to Prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Problems


  • Michigan Senate and State Board Hearings held to support Michigan Model curriculum development and implementation
  • Michigan Model curriculum offered for sale nationally
  • Parent component for MM Grades 7-8 developed and published
  • Special Education MM curriculum developed and published
  • Preschool (Pre-K) Curriculum developed, piloted and published
  • Elementary and High School HIV/AIDs curriculum developed and published
  • Substance abuse prevention develop and published
  • Other updates across K-12 developed and published
  • First national MM training of trainers conducted
  • TEAM (Teaching Educating and Mentoring) collaborative effort supports MM through Michigan State Police Community Liaison Officers
  • Drug Strategies Rates MM as top Substance Abuse Prevention Program
  • United States Department of Education Expert Panel approves MM as a Promising Program
  • 93% of schools are implementing the MMH as reported from MDHHS/School Health Coordinators
  • Social & Emotional Health
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity
  • Safety
  • Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
  • Personal Health & Wellness
  • HIV/AIDS & Other STIs


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MMH Recognized as Evidence-based Program that Meets CASEL Competencies



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The Model for Healthy Kids

The Michigan Model for HealthTM is a nationally recognized, research-based comprehensive and sequential Pre-K through 12th grade health education curriculum. The MMH curriculum aims to give school-aged children and youth the knowledge and skills needed to practice and maintain healthy behaviors and lifestyles. It provides age-appropriate lessons addressing the most serious health challenges facing school children and youth.

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