Integrating Primary Care and Public Health Prevention in Schools for Health and Educational Success

The Center for School, Health and Education is providing capacity-building and technical assistance designed for school-based health care leaders and their school partners to increase health and graduation outcomes. These components comprise a program to integrate essential public health principles, strategies and policies in the clinic and throughout the school to address the most prevalent, educationally relevant health disparities facing students in a given school.

Capacity-Building Assistance

There is increasing attention to health care delivery systems that improve population health and advance equity through integrating primary care and public health. CSHE has developed a professional development series to increase the capacity of national, state, and local school-based health care leaders and their school partners to integrate comprehensive public health practices, services, and strategies in the school clinic and school-wide. Capacity-building assistance is made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Technical Assistance

Public Health Capacity-Building Technical Assistance is available for participants who have completed the capacity-building assistance learning series described above. TA will provide intensive technical support beyond the initial professional development provided through the capacity-building assistance program described above. Both aim to improve school-wide health and educational outcomes. As SBHCs demonstrate their capacities for expanding primary care to include public health strategies and practices school-wide, they become increasingly well-positioned to play a leadership role in advancing population health, equity and educational success for all children and youth. Technical assistance is made possible by funding from the Kresge Foundation.

Managing Chronic Stress in Urban Minority Youth

Managing Chronic Stress in Urban Minority Youth is a key component of the Center for School, Health and Education’s programmatic portfolio. Funded by the Aetna Foundation, its broad objectives are to build capacity for:

  1. Understanding and assessing the gender-specific social and environmental factors that generate chronic stress in urban minority youth;
  2. Analysis of this information in the context of adolescent brain development, and its influence on adolescent behaviors and school dropout; and
  3. Development of youth and gender-specific best practices to address and manage the impact of stress.
An overview of this component is included in CBA and TA incorporates the full four-hour professional development curriculum.