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The School Health Liaison Program is a program of the Pinal County Public Health Services District and has been made possible by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors’ approval of the creation of a Public Health District.  The program is funded by the Public Health District and the ADHS Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease.  The goals of the program are to:

  • Improve the efficiency and span of Public Health services available to Pinal County residents, specifically school-aged children and their families;
  • Help school districts maintain optimal health and safety conditions for students; and
  • Provide a reliable “point person” for school administrators to obtain available services to meet their site’s public health needs.

A unique aspect of the School Health Liaison Program is that school staff determine health education priorities based upon the Public Health needs of their school.  In addition to services that are offered universally, such as health articles for parent newsletters, links to Public Health programs, and information about communicable diseases, the Program tailors Public Health education to meet the needs of the school.  As the graph below indicates, hygiene as a disease preventative measure was a high priority among most schools.  

“I would define this partnership as a success.  The program creates
opportunities for dialogue with students on a number of important issues
that will help them to be better citizens in their community!”

-Administrator, JO Combs Middle School


 
“The Public Health staff Liaison was excellent to work with this year. 
We communicated often through email and phone.  The direct service to
students was outstanding.  She has a positive rapport with
students and very high energy.” 

-Administrator, Ranch Elementary School

The following school districts have been assigned School Health Liaisons during 2013-2014:

  • Casa Grande Elementary School District: Palo Verde Elementary, Saguaro Elementary, Cactus Middle School, Villago Middle School and Casa Grande Middle School.
  • Coolidge Unified School District: West Elementary, Heartland Ranch Elementary, Hohokam Middle School, Mountain Vista Middle School, and San Tan Heights Elementary School.
  • Florence Unified School District: Florence K-8 School, Skyline Ranch K-8, Florence High School, Walker Butte K-8, and Magma Ranch K-8.
  • JO Combs School District: Ranch Elementary, Simonton Elementary, Ellsworth Elementary, Harmon Elementary, JO Combs Middle/High School.
  • Juvenile Justice Center.
  • Mammoth/San Manuel Unified School District: San Manuel Junior/Senior High, Mammoth Elementary STEM, and First Avenue Primary.
  • Maricopa Unified School District: Maricopa Wells Middle School, Desert Wind Middle School and Maricopa High School.
  • Ray Unified School District: Ray Primary School and Ray Junior/Senior High School
  • Toltec Elementary School District: Toltec Elementary School (K-8), Arizona City Elementary School (K-8)


The Health in Arizona Policy Initiative utilizes evidence based approaches to address the population health needs of individual counties. Using the Health in All Policy approach, this initiative seeks to impact people where they live, learn work and seek care.
 
To learn more about the School Health Liaison Program or the Health in Arizona Policy Initiative, contact Jan Vidimos at (520) 866-7335 or jan.vidimos@pinalcountyaz.gov.