Why School Health?

Young people's health and academic success are deeply connected. Our health and education systems should be, too.

School-based and school-linked health and wellness strategies improve health and academic outcomes by creating more equitable opportunities for all young people to thrive. For example:

School health centers have been proven to increase attendance and seat time in school, decrease risky behaviors, and improve health access and utilization among those who are traditionally under-served.1,2

School-based behavioral health improves student academic functioning, emotional stability, and relationship skills; it also builds the capacity of all adults to support the social-emotional needs of students.3,4

Community schools show improved student attendance and reduced drop-out rates, reduced disciplinary incidents, increased parent involvement, and better school climate.5

  Authentic family and student engagement improves the school climate, family self-efficacy, and school success.6

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