ALAMEDA COUNTY HEALTH CARE
Why School Health?
Young people's health and academic success are deeply connected. Our health and education systems should be, too.
Health and wellness are deeply connected to academic success. Positive school climates, safe places to play and exercise, affordable health care, nutritious food, and opportunities to cultivate strengths and talents are just some of the factors that help children grow, be ready to learn in the classroom, and prepare for college and career.
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
Our school health programs and partnerships address urgent health and education inequities and create opportunities for all young people to cultivate their strengths, resiliency, and promise. We focus on supporting the physical health of students – knowing that students can't learn if they are sick, hungry, or absent from school. But we also focus on other aspects of wellness that youth and families need to thrive: social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, and occupational.