SHE network

The Schools for Health in Europe (SHE) network focuses on making school health promotion an integral part of policy development in the health and education sector in EU member states. The SHE network network encourages each member country to develop and implement a national policy on school health promotion, building on the experiences within the country, within Europe and globally.


USC, located in Haderslev, Denmark, is the organisation responsible for the daily management of the SHE network. UCS acts as a WHO Collaborating Centre for School Health Promotion.

The members of the SHE network use a broad and positive concept of health and well-being and acknowledge the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. They recognize the whole school approach to health and active participation of all members of the school community. Health promoting schools support schools in achieving their educational and social goals. Healthy students learn better, healthy teachers work better. They are active agents in all European countries for strengthening social capital and health literacy.


Spotlight - SHE network publications

2017 SHE network leaflet

Read and share the 2017 SHE network leaflet

2014 SHE network assembly meeting report

The 6th assembly of the School for Health in Europe (SHE) network took place on 8-10 October in Tallinn, Estonia. The meeting was chaired by Goof Buijs (CBO, manager SHE network) and Vivian Barnekow.

Read more about the 6th SHE network assembly meeting and view full report

SHE network factsheets

Factsheet 1- State of the art: health promoting schools in Europe

The SHE network has published its first factsheet of a series. This factsheet provides a brief description of the current state of health promoting schools (HPS) in the European region based on data collected from the 43 European region countries in the SHE network. The results presented in this document serve as a benchmark for future HPS development and implementation in the European region. Read more about SHE factsheet 1

Factsheet 2 - School health promotion: evidence for effective action

The second factsheet of the SHE network provides an updated overview of the evidence of health promotion in schools. With more than 90 scientific references to support the case for the SHE network. It is based on a report with comprehensive scientific references entitled, ‘School health promotion: an overview of the evidence for effective action’. Read more about SHE factsheet 2

Factsheet 3 - Effective networks and partnerships for health promotion in schools

The third factsheet of the SHE network gives information on what networks and partnerships in school health promotion are and why they are important. It also explores factors that promote and inhibit networks and partnerships and presents case studies of sustainable networking and partnerships in school health promotion. Read more about SHE factsheet 3

SHE network strategic plan 2013-2016

The strategic plan for the SHE network describes the objectives, core values and pillars and position for the SHE network until 2016 and has been ratified at the SHE assembly meeting held in Odense, Denmark on 10 October 2013. Read this and other SHE background documents


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SHE network news

SHE network growth in 2015

SHE network welcomes two new regional networks and new SHE research group members. Read more about SHE network membership 2015

SHE network: Sharing expertise to promote health in schools

Goof Buijs, from the SHE network secretariat, has been traveling in Europe, sharing expertise on the whole school approach. Read more about these SHE network meetings and workshops

2015 SHE network summer school

5th SHE network summer school, 10-13 June, in Kuopio, in the eastern part of Finland was a success. It was organized by the University of Eastern Finland and attended by 15 participants. Read more about the 2015 SHE summer school

SHE network video introduction

The video presentation, narrated by Goof Buijs, manager of the SHE network, is an introduction to the SHE network, its history, members, approach and activities. Watch the video introduction

SHE network in Italy

An introduction of the SHE network in the Italian context. The video was recorded at the Italian national Health Promotion conference in Orvieto

SHE network promotional video

SHE health promoting school video is complete and is now available on the SHE network website to view and to share. Watch video

Introduction - new SHE network member:

Joseba Mikel Echeita Blanco, Regional coordinator in Cantabria, Spain.

The new SHE regional coordinators for Catabria has been asked to briefly introduce himself and his work. Read more: new SHE network regional member