Michigan Model for Health Program Announces New Digital Curriculum

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The Michigan Model for HealthTM Program is pleased to announce the release of its Grades K through 12th health education curriculum in a new online digital format. The MMH website (MichiganModelForHealth.org) contains a robust digital platform portal area for teachers and educators to access the new digital curriculum. Features include:

  • compatible with mobile devices
  • user-friendly web-based lessons
  • online teacher resources
  • easy license management, and more!​​

“We are thrilled to launch our new MMH digital curriculum,” stated Karen Krabill Yoder, the Adolescent and School Health Unit Manager at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “Comprehensive school health education plays an important role in helping our young people adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. These healthy behaviors contribute to success in the classroom and into adulthood. The new digital format will further increase our health curriculum use, reach, and accessibility for teachers and educators in Michigan and nationwide.”

Through a grant project funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (The Fund) and led by the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health (MCMCH) and Courtland Consulting, all of the MMH curriculum K-12 printed teacher manuals and resources were converted to a new digital web-based format. In addition, the MMH digital platform was enhanced to include a license tracking system to allow for easier management of teacher access to the digital curriculum.

“This acclaimed curriculum is now more accessible for the wonderful educators in our state,” said Amy Zaagman, Executive Director at MCMCH. “Now more than ever, equipping students with the skills to make healthy choices is an essential part of education. We’re honored to have collaborated with our state partners on such an important project.”

MMH High School Skills for Health and Life digital curriculum displaying on desktop and mobile devices

"The Michigan Model for HealthTM evidence-based comprehensive K-12 health education curriculum now provides teachers the flexibility and option to deliver the curriculum either in-person or online," said Angela Blood Starr, Michigan School Health Coordinators' Association (MiSHCA) President and Regional School Health Coordinator with Calhoun Intermediate School District. "The new digital format has also expanded training and implementation options for MMH Trainers and School Health Coordinators from MiSHCA to support educators across Michigan in a virtual capacity.  The collaborative nature of this project highlights the tremendous amount of support for the curriculum and the commitment to meeting the needs of educators, students, and families."

The MMH digital platform was developed, tested and reviewed in collaboration with a team of health education consultants and teachers across Michigan. The Fund and MCMCH would like to recognize the following MMH Program partners who directly contributed to the success of the MMH digital curriculum and platform launch:

MMH Digital Curriculum Video Tutorial

MMH digital curriculum video tutorial

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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