This guide is a starting point to help health managers determine what needs their attention, how to structure their work, and ways to continue to grow and learn. Organized into chapters based on the core areas of health and behavioral health, it may be read from beginning to end or referenced as needed. Each chapter begins with a list of applicable rules, regulations, guiding standards, and considerations related to health equity and social determinants of health. The guide includes actionable tips and strategies for the health manager and considerations related to trauma. It also features tips and resources that support professional development for health managers and staff, as well as collaboration with families.
Programs may choose to incorporate all or part of this guide into professional development activities based on staff interest and needs. Some sections may also be useful to other program staff, including managers, education staff, family advocates, and transportation staff.
Who should use this guide?
This guide is for anyone responsible for the management and oversight of health services across all Head Start and Early Head Start settings. In many programs, the person primarily responsible for this is the health manager; in some programs, they are called health coordinators, specialists, or directors of comprehensive services. Often, there is a team of people who work together to manage health services. The Health Manager Orientation Guide provides a foundation for new health managers and features updated information and resources for health managers who have been in the role for a while.
Connect with Other Health Managers and Staff
The MyPeers social network is the best place for Head Start and early childhood professionals to connect with colleagues from across the country. Members of the Health, Safety, and Wellness community are currently networking, communicating, and learning from each other. They are even sharing examples of policies, forms, flyers, and plans from their own programs to help colleagues develop innovative practices! New users can set up their free ECLKC account and become a MyPeers member at any time.
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety
Audience: Directors and Managers
Last Updated: February 12, 2024