How School
Health Works
in Michigan

Since 1984, key state agencies (the Department of Community Health, the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services and the State Police including the Office of Highway Safety Planning) have worked together to promote school health in Michigan Schools. Networking with more than 115 voluntary and professional groups, the Michigan Model for Comprehensive School Health Education was built on existing resources and created a mechanism to deliver them to communities in a more efficient and effective manner. Today, representatives of these and other agencies make up the Michigan Model State Steering Committee. By bringing together categorical programs, a School Health Program avoids duplication, more efficiently uses limited resources and provides a consistent message to schools about health promotion/disease prevention.

The Michigan Model for Health is implemented through a network of 25 regional Coordinators in Intermediate and large school districts. These Coordinators provide training, organization and support to the local schools who are implementing school health. At this time, more than 90% of public districts, 200 private schools and many of the new charter schools are voluntarily implementing the program. School health programs now reach 940,000 students and their families with key health promotion and disease prevention messages.


View a MAP of the regions in Michigan.

A network of 25 regional School Health Coordinators is responsible for the implementation of coordinated school health programs in the state of Michigan. These Coordinators and their e-mail addresses are listed below. If you reside in Michigan and would like more information about implementation in your area please contact your local coordinator. (Note: Some counties are split into two regions and are therefore listed as counties served by two differently coordinators.) The Coordinators and other individuals responsible for the implementation of Coordinated School Health Programs on the state and district level are members of the Comprehensive School Health Coordinators' Association, a professional organization dedicated to promoting the health of children and their families.

# Name Location Counties/Districts Served* Email Address Website Address
1 Taryn Mack
CCMH Institute Baraga, Gogebic,
Houghton, Keweenaw,
Ontonagon  Web link
2 Marshall Collins
TBA ISD Antrim, Benzie, Emmet,
Charlevoix, Kalkaska,
Grand Traverse, Lake,
Leelanau, Manistee, Mason Mecosta, Missaukee, Oceana, Osceola, Wexford  Web link
3 Lisa Jo Gagliardi
COP ISD Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Cheboygan, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego
Presque Isle, Roscommon   Web link
4 Sharon Zajac
Muskegon Area ISD Muskegon, Newaygo,
Oceana Web link
5 Cathy Rayburn
Gratiot-Isabella RESD Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot
Isabella, Midland Web link
6 Amy Wassmann
Saginaw ISD Arenac, Bay, Iosco  
7 Beverly Littner-Schroeder
Ottawa Area ISD Allegan, Ottawa  Web link
8 Cheryl Blair
Kent ISD Ionia, Kent, Montcalm  Web link
9 Amy Wassmann
Saginaw ISD Saginaw  Web link
10 Betsy Dillon
Tuscola ISD Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola Web link
11 Joyce Miller
Berrien ISD Berrien, Cass, Van Buren Web link
12 Cynthia Cook
Calhoun ISD Kalamazoo, St. Joseph,
Calhoun, Barry, Branch Web link
13 Wendy Sellers
Eaton ISD Clinton, Eaton, Ingham Web link
14 Judy Fridline
Genesee ISD Genesee, Lapeer, Shiawassee  Web link
15 Steve Sukta
Jackson ISD Hillsdale, Jackson Web link
16 Mary Beno
Livingston ESA Livingston, Washtenaw  Web link
17 Pauline Pruneau
Oakland ISD Oakland  Web link
18 Patti Steele
Macomb ISD Macomb, St. Clair  Web link
19 Jean Foster
Monroe ISD Lenawee, Monroe   Web link
20 Kathy Gibson
Wayne County RESA Wayne  Web link
21 Charlie Yeager
Marquette Alger ISD Alger, Delta, Dickinson
Iron, Marquette,
Menominee, Schoolcraft  Web link
22 Lisa Jo Gagliardi
Eastern UP ISD Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac  Web link
23 Arlene Richardson
Detroit Public Schools Detroit Public Schools  Web link
24 Eileen Tomasi
Flint Community Schools Flint Community Schools  Web link
25 Kelly Williams
Grand Rapids Public Schools Grand Rapids Public Schools williamsk@grps.k12.mi  

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