The Directorate of Agencies for School Health (DASH BC) is a not-for-profit society committed to promoting, supporting and facilitating the creation of healthy schools in BC.
We are committed to making a significant contribution toward positively influencing the health and learning capacity of students in British Columbia. The key premise of a healthy school is that healthier students learn better and that better educated students are healthier. Healthy schools, also known as health-promoting schools, work with partners from the health and education sectors, and with those from the boarder community, to help students to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Kathy’s Story: A short interview with Kathy Cassels, Executive Director at DASH BC,
and her journey and involvement with the organization.
DASH partners with various organizations, to support and facilitate the health and learning of students in British Columbia. In 2012, DASH formed partnerships between the ministries of health and education, health authorities, education partners and other key stakeholders. We help to inspire school communities to use a Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach to enhance educational outcomes and to facilitate action for improvements in health.
A lot of different groups have an interest in creating a healthy school, including students, teachers, parents, health professionals and community members. A CSH approach refers to the steps these interested groups will take together to address the health of students at their school or in their district. To learn more about CSH, please take a look at our video.