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Michigan Model for Health

What is the Michigan Model for Health Emergency Preparedness curriculum?

The Michigan Model for Health Emergency Preparedness curriculum is a supplement to the nationally recognized, comprehensive school health curriculum, the Michigan Model for Health. First published in 1985, the Michigan Model offers sequential, age-appropriate, skills-based instruction for students in kindergarten through grade twelve, addressing the youth risk behaviors identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2010, the Michigan Model State Steering committee approved the first ever supplement to the curriculum, to address the important issue of Emergency Preparedness. Through the collaborative effort of the Michigan Department of Community Health, Office of Pubic Health Preparedness (OPHP), Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education, the Emergency Preparedness curriculum became a reality and in the fall of 2011, it was distributed free to every public and non-public school in the state of Michigan.

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What is included with this curriculum?

The curriculum is developed in two formats to align with the core lessons of the other health content areas. At elementary (Grades 1-6) a series of 4-5 printed lessons are packaged with a tab divider for easy insertion into the Michigan Model for Health teacher manual (can be used as a stand alone if a school is not currently implementing the Model). Also included at each elementary grade level is a Teacher Resources CD which includes masters for all student worksheets, handouts, family resource sheets, assessments, and PowerPoint presentations or transparency masters, depending on available technology.

The secondary level curriculum is a series of 30, non-sequential activities for use with grades 7-12 and is CD-based. The CD includes the lesson plans plus all of the masters listed above on the elementary level CD.

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What else is needed?

There are support materials used with the lesson activities. This is a skills-based curriculum, so learning happens through activities rather than textbooks and some of those activities call for materials. Schools already implementing the Michigan Model for Health will have a number of these materials already in their classrooms. Materials developed specifically to support the Emergency Preparedness activities, as well as those used in other Michigan Model lessons, can be purchased by downloading and submitting the appropriate order form linked in the left column of this page.

Copies of the curriculum for Non-Michigan schools can also be ordered using the same order form. Free copies of the curriculum (lesson plans and CD) are still available for Michigan schools.

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Development of the Emergency Preparedness Curriculum including this education module was supported 100% by the Michigan Department of Community Health with federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) State Homeland Security Program and Urban Areas Security Initiative; Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness  and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program Cooperative Agreement; and DHHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.(CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement.

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