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Coordinated School Health

Coordinated school health is about keeping students healthy over time, reinforcing positive health behaviors throughout the school day, and making it clear that good health and learning go hand in hand. The Health Department’s coordinated school health program staff is trained to provide technical assistance with a variety of health education curricula and programming. In addition, the Health Department can provide technical assistance with the implementation of Kentucky instruction documents, including Core Content for Assessment and Program of Studies.  

Incentive fund process
Cardiovascular health
Dental sealant program
Fluoride varnish program
Resources for Education to Achieve Coordinated Health Team (REACH)
Tobacco prevention
Active communities

Incentive Fund Process
The Health Department awards incentive funds to local schools in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties to make school health policy and environmental changes improve the health of Northern Kentucky students and staff. Call 859.341.4264 for more information.

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Dental sealant program
Schools with at least 35 percent of their students on free or reduced lunch qualify for this program. A volunteer dentist examines student’s teeth and then a dental hygienist and a dental assistant from the Health Department place protective dental sealants on the molars of children in the second and sixth grades, provide dental cleanings, and apply fluoride to strengthen the teeth. If tooth decay is found, students are referred to a dentist and the school nurse, family resource center and the Health Department follows up. A strong oral health education curriculum is taught alongside the program. For more information on the sealant program, please read the fact sheet or contact Linda Poynter (linda.poynter@nkyhealth.org).

Fluoride varnish program
Fluoride treatments are used to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities. The Health Department began the fluoride varnish program in 2003 by training all nurses to apply the varnish in the health centers. The program has expanded into all area Head Start facilities and several area elementary and preschools where Public Health Dental Hygienists apply the varnish on children up through age 6. Fluoride varnish can be applied two to four times a year or more frequently if the child is at higher risk of tooth decay. For more information on the fluoride varnish program, please read the fact sheet or contact Linda Poynter.

Resources for Education to Achieve Coordinated School Health Team (REACH)
REACH is a coalition of school representatives and professional organizations that link people with resources to achieve and maintain a healthier community through coordinated school health. By focusing on training, exchanging ideas and information, increasing access to services and advocating, members promote coordinated school health. For more information, call 859.341.4264. 

Tobacco prevention

Active communities