Students Speak Out

Did You Know?

Among racial groups, persons of multiple race had the highest asthma prevalence (14.1%), while Asian persons had the lowest rates (5.2%). Persons of black (11.2%) and American Indian or Alaska Native (9.4%) races had higher asthma prevalence compared with white persons (7.7%). Among Hispanic groups, asthma prevalence was higher among persons of Puerto Rican (16.1%) than Mexican (5.4%) descent. 3

Resources

Healthier and Wealthier: Decreasing Health Care Costs by Increasing Educational Attainment
The Relationship Between School-Based Health Centers and the Learning Environment
Impact of School-Based Health Center Use on Academic Outcomes
School-Based Health Centers and Academic Success
Healthy Steps Toward Student Achievement
National Assembly on School-Based Health Care: Keeping Students Healthy and Learning: SBHCs and Education

Health and Well-Being in Schools

The Health, Well-Being and Educational Success of School-Age Youth and School-based Health Care

Nearly one-third of all students in the United States do not graduate from high school on time. For Black, Latino and American Indian students, that number jumps to half.It’s a destructive cycle: students who don’t graduate face lifelong health risks and high medical costs, and are more likely to engage in risky health behaviors.1 They are less likely to be employed and insured, and earn less—all of which continues the cycle of poverty and disparities.2

For all students, and particularly vulnerable ones, we need to pay attention to whether they ate last night, whether they have electricity at home to do their homework, whether they even have a home. School-based health center staff are in the best position to see the social factors and stressors that affect students, and to work with the school and community to remove those barriers so students can learn and graduate.


  1. Crosby RA, St. Lawrence J. Adolescents’ Use of School-Based Health Clinics for Reproductive Health Services: Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Journal of School Health. 2000; 10. 22-27. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1746-1561.2000.tb06442.x/abstract;jsessionid=E4D31CCC8CA264FA3018FC481C04B429.d01t03. Accessed August 11, 2011.
  2. Alliance for Excellent Education. Healthier and Wealthier: Decreasing Health Care Costs by Increasing Educational Attainment. http://www.all4ed.org/publication_material/healthier_wealthier. Published November 1, 2006.
  3. Trends in Asthma Prevalence, Health Care Use, and Mortality in the United States, 2001–2010. NCHS Data Brief: Number 94, May 2012. Retrieved from:  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db94.htm. Accessed May 28, 2015.