Preparing School Health Facilitators: Building Competence and Confidence for a New Role

  • Kate E. Storey University of Alberta
  • Genevieve Montemurro University of Alberta
  • Margaret Schwartz APPLE Schools
  • Anna Farmer University of Alberta
  • Paul Veugelers University of Alberta
Keywords: health promotion, child and adolescent health, comprehensive school health, professional preparation of school health personnel


BACKGROUND: Comprehensive school health (CSH) is an internationally recognized framework that provides opportunities for children and youth to develop health-enhancing behaviours while improving educational outcomes. However, there is little information on how to effectively train individuals to implement CSH. The purpose of this research was to describe the development and evaluation of a training program designed to prepare facilitators to work collaboratively with school communities to implement CSH.METHODS: Ten facilitators from a CSH program were purposefully sampled and invited to participate in a self-administered open-ended structured interview immediately after completion of the training program and again one year later.RESULTS: Analyses revealed that how the training was designed and implemented was equally as important as the content, and that building confidence was as important as building competence.CONCLUSIONS: The findings are relevant to those interested in preparing school health facilitators and health promotion practitioners for practice in the field.

Author Biographies

Kate E. Storey, University of Alberta
Assistant ProfessorSchool of Public HealthUniversity of Alberta
Genevieve Montemurro, University of Alberta
Research CoordinatorSchool of Public HealthUniversity of Alberta
Margaret Schwartz, APPLE Schools
ManagerAPPLE Schools
Anna Farmer, University of Alberta
Associate ProfessorDepartment of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences and School of Public HealthUniversity of Alberta
Paul Veugelers, University of Alberta
ProfessorSchool of Public HealthUniversity of Alberta
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