Student well-being "lives" in the context of child and youth well-being and as such, school boards and public health units share in this important mandate. Strong partnerships that focus efforts on strategic priorities can improve health outcomes for children and students, positively affect their achievement and reduce preventable illness and injuries, which in turn will contribute to a healthier and better-educated citizenry.
Working toward these shared mandates and common goals, in October 2013 the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) and the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (COMOH) formed a provincial partnership committee. The purpose of the CODE/COMOH committee is to contribute to the well-being of Ontario's children and students through enhancing public health unit and school board partnerships in order to achieve optimal delivery of services and ongoing supports for children and students.
Since October 2013, three meetings of the CODE/COMOH Committee have been held. This Committee, comprised of leaders in education and public health, is working collaboratively to build stronger partnerships between schools and public health providers. At the present time, the Committee is preparing information on the key elements to consider when developing and maintaining an effective partnership agreement.
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