Supporting greater integration across the silos that address student health and well-being requires states and localities to convene diverse stakeholders around a single table. Getting horizontal buy-in across sectors, as well as vertical buy-in at the local, regional and state levels, is critical to sustained progress. To be most effective, these multi-disciplinary partnerships must develop shared visions and policy goals and establish new communication channels or state-level infrastructure to support collaboration–such as children’s issues cabinets, working groups, or cross-agency staff positions. Public health agencies can be valuable partners in these cross-agency efforts, bringing expertise in assessing student health needs and in convening multi-disciplinary teams.
Eric Rossen, National Association of School Psychologists; Amy Edwards, Virginia Department of Education; Mike Leathead, Michigan Department of Education
Adam Wilk, Emory University; Valeria Williams, The Child Health Readiness Group
APHA’s Center for School, Health and Education’s Program to Improve Graduation applies a public health and socio-ecological framework to strengthen the capacity of schools to remove barriers to healthy outcomes and learning. The report focuses on the program's journey to prevent dropout and advance population health and equity with schools across the country.
This report explores how three executive branch departments-the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Treasury, and U.S. Department of Labor-currently implement a Health in All Policies approach. The report includes recommendations around increasing access to school health providers.
This research-informed tool is grounded in the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model and that helps education leaders to understand: the people who are key influencers and could be recruited to inspire others to integrate health and well-being into their school practices, the existing systems in schools that help or hinder student health, well-being, and academic success, and the aspirational messages about healthy schools that can be used to spark interest and buy-in throughout the school community.
This is the first report from an initiative to identify policies for good health that look beyond healthcare and foster cross-sector collaboration. The first goal in this report is to support the connections between health and learning
This guidance is based on scientific literature and expert input about what is most likely to be effective in reducing risk for HIV infection and other STDs among adolescents and is intended for use by funded local education agencies and organizations.