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CDC Gains Wider Audience through Training Tools Developed by ORAU

Training Tools for Healthy Schools provides more school professionals with easy access to training that promotes student health and academic success

ORAU instructional designers and developers are helping clients make a smooth transition from traditional classroom training to e-learning.

A project for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls for the development of e-learning for the School Health Branch in the Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

The conversion of existing instructor-led training into an e-learning series will help the School Health Branch widen its reach and increase exposure to CDC-developed tools designed to promote student health and academic success.

E-learning will provide more school professionals with easy access to the training. The expense of conducting workshops will greatly diminish.

The primary audience is staff in schools serving grades K-12. This audience includes principals, teachers, nurses, and physical education and health education coordinators. Staff members working at the school district level—superintendents, administrators, and nutrition directors—are also candidates for the training.

The secondary audience is state education staff, health departments, advocates of healthy school environments, plus the community as a whole.

E-learning is efficient and in high demand by today’s learners. Trainings that once occupied three half-day or full-day workshops will evolve into a series of three self-paced online courses.

The current learning series on Training Tools for Healthy Schools is based on three existing courses with plans to add a fourth course on the Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool in the future:

  • School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity provides familiarity with CDC’s guidelines and strategies for positive healthy eating and physical activity outcomes.
  • School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide offers a team approach to improving school health and safety policies and programs.
  • Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program: A Guide for Schools provides guidance to schools and districts on how to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive physical activity programs.

Learners will be able to take the courses sequentially or individually. The content from the traditional courses will be massaged into the online format through the use of multimedia content and options to “Go Further” and visit “Additional Resources.”

For information about resources of the School Health Branch, visit

Disclaimer: This supplement edition of DPH e-learning article for the ORAU website has been sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under the Inter-Agency Agreement (IAA) 14FED1404760 - Technical Assistance, Health Communications and Program Evaluation and Analysis to the CDC/Division of Population Health. The views and opinions expressed in the article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the CDC.