2014 Missouri School Health Profiles and Teacher Professional Development

Kimberly Kato, Walden University
Regan Dodd


Influencing knowledge to establish healthy habits and behaviors in our youth is the cornerstone to the necessity of health education as a skill set. Research has shown that adequate K-12 health education can reduce risk behaviors in adolescents (Freudenberg & Ruglis, 2007). Health teachers desire specific training in particular health education domains and professional development improves teaching knowledge and skills (Summerfield, 2001). The School Health Profiles is a collection of bi-annual surveys measuring school health policies and practices in state and educational systems. The profiles collect data on the status of the school’s health education requirements and content; school health coordination; school health policies (HIV/AIDs, tobacco, nutrition, etc.); asthma management policies; physical education and physical activity; and family and community participation in school health programs. State survey sample was from randomly selected secondary schools (grades 6 – 12) within a school district, territory, or tribal government. Health profile data were retrieved from self-administered questionnaires of principals and lead health education teachers (CDC DASH 2012).