Michigan Model for Health

Elementary SELect Program

Program Design and Implementation Support

The Michigan Model for Health, designed for use in kindergarten through twelfth grade, is the state health curriculum for michigan. The program provides separate sets of lessons each year from kindergarten through sixth grade, with separate units to support health education topics including nutrition and physical activity; safety; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; personal health and wellness; and social and emotional health. The unit on social and emotional health includes 8-14 structured lessons each year that focus on making friends, identifying and understanding feelings, making decisions and solving problems, developing respect, and setting goals. Each consists of three parts: instruction, practice, and closure. Continued practice is encouraged, and most lessons provide strategies for infusing learned skills beyond the lesson. There are occasional take-home sheets and student assessments. Initial training for the Michigan Model for Health typically lasts one to two days. training is offered and required in the state of Michigan and strongly encouraged in other states. Out-of-state training is dependent upon availability of trainers and support staff. The program offers a train- the-trainer system to support sustainability.

Evidence of Effectiveness

Michigan Model for Health has been evaluated in a randomized control trial with a large (n=2,512) sample of students followed over two years.

O’Neill, J. M., Clark, J. K., & Jones, J. A. (2011). Promoting mental health and preventing substance abuse and violence in elementary students: A randomized control study of the Michigan Model for Health. Journal of School Health, 81(6), 320-330