Cross-sector Partnerships

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. 

Featured Resources

resources Medicaid Reimbursed Rehabilitative Behavioral Health Services in Schools: A South Carolina Case Study
May 13, 2020

This case study examines the implementation of Medicaid managed care school-based behavioral health services in South Carolina and highlights key lessons learned that can inform the efforts of other states choosing to coordinate school-based health care with Medicaid managed care programs.

resources Expanding Michigan’s School-Based Medicaid Program
October 8, 2019

This Healthy Students Promising Futures Learning Collaborative case study highlights Michigan's work to leverage the reversal of free care policy to expand the state's school-based Medicaid program. Beginning in October 2019, school districts in Michigan will be able to seek Medicaid reimbursement for services provided to all Medicaid-enrolled students (not only for health services included in a student's Individualized Education Program). This change presents an important opportunity to expand access to and resources for school health services, particularly behavioral health services

resources Exploring Alignment of Medicaid and Education Systems to Expand the Mental Health Workforce
July 17, 2019 Presentation PDF

Eric Rossen, National Association of School Psychologists; Amy Edwards, Virginia Department of Education; Mike Leathead, Michigan Department of Education

resources Framing Opportunities to Promote Equity
July 16, 2019 Presentation PDF

Wendy Ellis, Building Community Resilience

resources PS18-1807 Program Guidance: Guidance for School-Based HIV/STD Prevention

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.

resources Integrating Public Health in Schools to Improve Graduation

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.

resources Health in All Policies: Exploring the Role of Three Federal Departments in Influencing Health

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.

resources The Healthy Schools Toolkit

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.

resources Promoting Health and Cost Control in States

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