Michigan Model for Health: Elementary

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Program description

Michigan Model for Health: Elementary, offered by the Michigan Department for Health and Human Services, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades K-5 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness at grades 4-5. Programming for grades 6-8 are available through its companion program, Michigan Model for Health: Middle School.

Strategies supporting educational equity

Michigan Model for Health: Elementary offers strategies for youth action projects. This includes guidance for students to create and implement an advocacy campaign on an issue that impacts their school and local community.

      • SEL lessons
      • Activities and Resources for Home
    • Onsite in-person training
    • Virtual training
    • Offsite training
    • Train the trainer model
    • Administrator support
    • Coaching
    • Technical assistance
    • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
    • Online resource library
    • Self-report tools for monitoring implementation
    • Observational tools
    • Tools for measuring student success

Evidence of effectiveness

Results from a randomized control trial (RCT) evaluation published in 2011 supported Michigan Model for Health: Elementary’s effectiveness with elementary school students. This evaluation was conducted with a sample of 2,512 students in grades 4 and 5 in U.S. Midwest region (white = 54%, AfricanAmerican/Black = 38%; 46% of students in participating schools were eligible for FRPL). This evaluation found that students who participated in the Michigan Model for Health: Elementary program self-reported lower aggressive behaviors, alcohol use behaviors, and cigarette use behaviors compared to students in the control group (outcomes reported 3 months, 4.5 months, 12 months, 15 months and 16.5 months after baseline). Additionally, students who participated in the Michigan Model for Health: Elementary program self-reported lower intentions to use alcohol and cigarettes, and greater drug refusal skills, interpersonal skills, and social and emotional health skills.

  • Evidence shown in grades
    4, 5
    School characteristics
      • Rural
      • Urban
      • Midwest
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • Multi-racial / other
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Percentage of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch: 46%
    Study design type
    • RCT
    Greater than 350 students included in study design type
    • Yes
    Multiple school districts included at study design type
    • Yes
    • Improved academic performance
    • Reduced emotional distress
    • Improved identity development and agency
    • Reduced problem behaviors
    • Improved school climate
    • Improved school connectedness
    • Improved social behaviors
    • Improved teaching practices
    • Improved other SEL skills and attitudes

How does Michigan Model for Health support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“ Family Resources Sheets are provided to parents and guardians to reinforce learning and encourage parent-child interaction for students. The MMH curriculum provides teachers with specific entry points for inviting community resource people into the classroom to enhance and extend student learning on health topics including social and emotional well-being.”
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  • Program approach: Free Standing Lessons
  • Significant evaluation outcomes: Reduced problem behaviors, Improved social behaviors, Improved other SEL skills and attitudes
  • Student characteristics: Black / African American, Multi-racial / other, Low income
  • School characteristics: Rural, Urban, Midwest
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