The Michigan Model for Health (MMH)
Initiative Description: The Michigan Model for Health (MMH). Participants received 24 lessons in grade 4 (over 12 weeks) and 28 more lessons in grade 5 (over 14 weeks), including material focusing on social and emotional health, interpersonal communication, social pressure resistance skills, drug use prevention, and conflict resolution skills. The 40-minute lessons were taught by the classroom or health teacher who received curriculum training and provided feedback on implementation fidelity.
Study Results: Students who received the curriculum had better interpersonal communication skills, social and emotional skills, and drug refusal skills. + reduced aggression. Additionally, results showed improved nutrition knowledge and fruit and vegetable consumption
Reference: O’neill, J. M., Clark, J. K., & Jones, J. A. (2011). Promoting mental health and preventing substance abuse and violence in elementary students: A randomized control study of the Michigan Model for Health. Journal of School Health, 81(6), 320–330. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1746-1561.2011.00597.x
Level of Evidence: Very Good