Health Manager’s Orientation Guide


Introduction: Welcome to Head Start Health Services Management
Whether you are new to Head Start, are new to the role of health manager, or have been a health manager for a while, this guide was developed to be a resource tool for you. This section provides a brief overview of Head Start health management. It also looks at the important role Head Start plays in fostering a culture of health and wellness for Head Start children, families, and staff. [PDF, 469KB]

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Who Is Part of Your Health Services Team and Their Roles
Get to know the staff health managers work with and what their roles are in your program. It also includes information about the Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC). [PDF, 554KB]

Chapter 2: The Foundation of Successful Health Services
This chapter explores the foundations of Head Start as outlined in the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS). [PDF, 1MB]

Chapter 3: Health Topic Self-Reflection Checklists
Find out how checklists can help to determine what you need to do, what you need to know, and what you need to find out as a health manager. You will discover how what you do fits into the larger picture of Head Start and the systems in place to support you. [PDF, 328KB]

Chapter 4: Health Topics: Delving Deeper
This section offers more in-depth knowledge of the health-related HSPPSs. It covers seven different health priority areas. [PDF, 3MB]

Chapter 5: Key Tasks for Delivering Health Services and Ways to Get You Started
Learn how to use the results from your health topic self-reflection checklists, as well as what you learned from the Health Topics: Delving Deeper chapter. [PDF, 168KB]

Chapter 6: Next Steps: Continuing to Grow as a Health Manager
Discover best practices that can help you continue to grow and learn as a health manager. [PDF, 392KB]

Find more tools and resources available to assist you. Be sure to review the glossary of terms to become familiar with many of the terms used throughout the Health Manager’s Orientation Guide. [PDF, 594KB]

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center, National Center on Health

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