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What is the Healthy Students, Promising Futures (HSPF) Learning Collaborative? 

The Healthy Students, Promising Futures (HSPF) Learning Collaborative brings together state teams committed to increasing access to Medicaid services in schools and promoting safe and supportive school environments. State teams currently include representatives from the state education agency, state Medicaid agency, and two local school districts. Some teams also have other agencies, advocates and public health officials participating.  

 HSPF is led by Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health. Participating state teams receive support through strategic advice, training and technical assistance, opportunities for peer learning and regular communications.  HSPF also hosts two symposiums per year to provide key content and policy updates and to facilitate cross-state learning and sharing. State teams also benefit from the robust participation of dozens of national partner organizations.

Background

In 2016, with support from Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services established the Healthy Students, Promising Futures Learning Collaborative. The Collaborative is based on the recognition that healthy students are better learners, and that a safe and supportive school environment designed to support students’ physical, psychological, cognitive, social and emotional needs is critical to helping them learn and thrive.  HSPF was launched to support states and school districts in leveraging new policy opportunities to increase access to school health services and create safe and supportive school environments, including:

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2014 reversal of the free care policy, that provided states more flexibility in their school-based Medicaid programs by allowing school districts to bill Medicaid for health services delivered to all Medicaid-enrolled children, not just those with a special education plan documented by an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
  • The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015, that recognized the importance of providing students with access to a safe and supportive school environment and created an opportunity to integrate health and wellness within education accountability systems and leverage funding to advance the critical connection between health and learning.
  • The growing momentum towards a healthcare system that prioritizes prevention, population health, care coordination and chronic disease management.

Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health lead this initiative with the support of dozens of national partner organizations and faculty experts.

 

Our Partners 

State teams currently are  supported by a network of national partner organizations, including:

 

HSPF Staff

The HSPF Learning Collaborative is supported by:

Trust for America’s Health
  • Anne De Biasi, Director of Policy Development
Healthy Schools Campaign
  • Alex Mays, Senior National Program Director
  • Lena O’Rourke, Consultant

The HSPF team would like to acknowledge Carla I. Plaza, an independent consultant, for her role in the development of this website.

Funders

Thank you to our supporters:

  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kresge Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Thank you to our corporate sponsors for their support of our events:

  • School Health Corporation